Task Force Gets Report on Higher Education Challenges

By: Brent Kallestad, Associated Press; Troy Kinsey Email
By: Brent Kallestad, Associated Press; Troy Kinsey Email

Gov. Scott's Tuition Task Force Meets to Discuss Unlimited Hikes
by Troy Kinsey

Tallahassee, FL -- June 11, 2012 --

Monday, a Blue-Ribbon panel appointed by Gov. Rick Scott began looking at a controversial plan to let Florida universities raise tuition as much as they'd want.

Florida State was in line, along with UF, to get that unlimited tuition hike authority until Scott vetoed the plan in April.

It’s unclear where exactly all the extra tuition would go.

Campus leaders complain classes are overcrowded, meaning many students can't graduate on time, and when they do, they walk away with a less valuable degree.

University System Chancellor Frank Brogan says big tuition increases may be inevitable, but only if they have a good purpose.

“There's a change in the wind out there, and I think people are beginning to look at this issue of tuition, regardless of where they fall on that issue, and recognize it should be more than just asking people for more of their money to do good things, but it has to go to fund a strict business plan,” said Frank Brogan.

Next week, the State University System's Board of Governors will meet to decide whether to allow on tuition increases for the coming year.

The governor's Blue Ribbon panel plans to release its final report on whether to allow unlimited tuition hikes in October.


Tallahassee, FL -- June 11, 2012 --

The chancellor of Florida's State University System says the dramatic cuts in state support far exceeds what the schools are able to make up financially, even if they raise tuition by the maximum 15 percent allowed by law.

Chancellor Frank Brogan said Monday the state's public universities would raise roughly $100 million if all boosted their tuition by the 15 percent maximum. Lawmakers have slashed spending for higher education by roughly $300 million in recent years.

Brogan told a newly created task force on higher education that Florida's existing 11 public universities are growing at a rate of 2 percent to 3 percent annually.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed the task force last month to examine what changes might make Florida's higher education system more efficient, transparent and accountable.

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