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A proposal to decrease the number public universities in Florida from 12 to 10 continues to generate conversations in the legislature. New College and Florida Polytechnic are fighting to stay independent as lawmakers consider merging them into Florida State, and the University of Florida respectively. A third option has emerged: consolidating Polytech and New College into the University of South Florida.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis, House Speaker Jose Oliva, and University of South Florida President Steven Currall all addressed a controversial university consolidation plan for the first time Thursday.

While neither DeSantis nor Oliva endorsed the move, both like the money-saving aspect of the plan. They're also both open to another merger alternative: the University of South Florida.

New College Of Florida Officials, Lawmakers Slam Consolidation Plans

Feb 19, 2020
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A House proposal seeking to abolish the independent status of two Florida universities is spurring a fierce fight, as a bipartisan group of legislators on Wednesday decried the plan.

The House Education committee is considering a plan to merge Florida Polytechnic University with the University of Florida, and New College of Florida with Florida State University. The proposal was filed Monday and is being met with  mixed reactions.

The Florida House Education Committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would merge the state’s two smallest and youngest public universities with its two oldest ones – and that’s not sitting well with some.

Under Brevard County Republican Rep. Randy Fine's proposal (PCB EDC 20-03), Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland would become part of the University of Florida, while New College of Florida in Sarasota would become part of Florida State University.

FSU Medical School Draws Warning From Accrediting Organization

Dec 14, 2019
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Florida State University’s medical school has received a warning from the organization responsible for accrediting medical schools across the United States and Canada.

USF, UF, FSU See Gains In Best College Rankings

Sep 9, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at Florida State University Monday morning, praising the school for ranking as the country's 18th best public university in the latest U.S. News and World World Report rankings.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials are bragging about the University of South Florida, Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.

Neonatal Intensive Care Units help keep premature babies alive, but they can also be very stressful environments. Music therapy can help buffer the jarring lights and sounds to help a baby's brain develop in peace.
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Research shows that music therapy in neonatal intensive care units helps infants get released from the hospital early. Experts in Florida helped pioneer the practice, and now it's expanding.

In the coming session, Florida’s Legislature will consider a bill aiming to eliminate “gun-free zones” on college campuses. For state lawmakers, the issue has come up before.

The weekend death of former Florida legislative leader and longtime educator T-K Wetherell is being mourned throughout the state; especially by those Floridians involved in any with the state's institutions of higher learning.

Days after entering hospice care, Former Florida House Speaker and Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell has died. He was 72.

Wetherell had been battling cancer for 15 years and just last week, his wife announced he had decided to stop treatments and enter hospice.

Former Florida House Speaker and FSU President T.K. Wetherell has gone into hospice care after battling cancer for a decade and a half.

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While five Florida universities are going to football bowl games this year, perhaps the bigger story is their collective missed opportunities.

Florida elections officials were wrong to block on-campus early voting sites in Gainesville and Tallahassee, lawyers for the League of Women Voters of Florida told a federal judge Monday.

After much debate and controversy, Florida State University will change one building’s name, keep another building’s name as is and relocate a founder’s statue.

Have you ever wondered what the world actually looked like a billion years ago? A Capital City scientist has helped discover at least a partial answer to that question and that finding has made her an overnight media sensation worldwide.

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The inventive prowess of University of South Florida faculty, researchers and students was on display once again in 2017, as the school placed fifth in the country - and 12th worldwide - among public univerisities in producing new U.S. utility patents. 

Defense attorneys in the Andrew Coffey hazing case have asked the court to drop charges against their clients. Even after a judge granted the defense’s request for more specific charges, one attorney says the prosecution still can’t say exactly what his client did to cause Coffey’s death.

Five men have accepted a plea deal and will serve jail time for the hazing death of a Florida State University student.

Defense attorneys for two of the nine men charged with felony hazing in the death of Florida State Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey say they have evidence that could potentially upend the prosecution’s case.

Maglab Renewed With A $184 Million Federal Boost

Apr 3, 2018

The National Science Foundation announced Monday that it has renewed support for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, with an investment of $184 million over the next five years.

Florida State University has lifted a ban prohibiting alcohol at sanctioned Greek life and student organization events. 

Florida State University President John Thrasher is rolling back portions of a ban on Greek life after the hazing-related death of a student. Fraternities and sororities will now have to meet stricter rules to stay on campus.

Nine men are facing hazing charges in connection with the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge, police said Tuesday.

Florida State University has hired Willie Taggart as the new head football coach.  He had been considered the front-runner for the job.

Former Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher says accepting a job at Texas A&M University was a no-brainer. He issued his first statement Monday after splitting from FSU last week.

Florida State University will be searching for a new head football coach for the first time in more than 40 years.  Jimbo Fisher has accepted a job at Texas A&M University.

Speculation continues over whether Florida State University football head coach Jimbo Fisher will stay with FSU or move on to Texas A&M University. But the coach remains mum on his decision.

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Students at the University of South Florida held a moment of silence and were asked to sign a pledge to take measures to prevent hazing, just days after another state university temporarily banned Greek life due to the death of a fraternity pledge.

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Florida State University indefinitely suspended its 55 fraternities and sororities Monday after the alcohol-related death of a freshman pledge and cocaine charges for another fraternity member.

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