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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  • by Wilhem Location: Tallahassee on Jun 12, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    I laugh at some of the negative comments, I bet that some of are enjoying the benefits of going to a public college. Well, maybe not in Wakulla. I am glad that none of you are the ones making decisions as we would be in a worst situation than where we are now. None of you offer any solutions or any thing of real value, except to your selfish egos.
  • by payer Location: tlh on Jun 12, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    higher tuition does not guarantee better education. they also need to lower the price of books. some of the required books aren't being used & the students can't return them because the teacher tells them to hold on to them w/ the intent of using them. And if they don't use them in the next semester they can't sell them. Higher ed is a racket. They make you take classes that have no relevance to your major & a lot of the times classes are not taught by the high paid prof.
  • by Where the money really goes on Jun 12, 2012 at 05:27 AM
    We a Board of Governors, a Board of Education, a Higher Education Coordinating Committee, a Blue Ribbon Panel, a Commissioner, several Chancellors, and more Deputy Chancellors than you can shake a stick at. You tell me where the tax dollars go.
  • by Willie Location: southside on Jun 12, 2012 at 03:59 AM
    College is a business. They should not be dependant on the public. College is not an entitlement, and should be paid by those who work to pay for it. And before you say something stupid, some of the richest people around did not go to college, they went to work, look at Devoe M.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 08:20 AM in reply to Willie
      You mean "dependent."
  • by Docker Location: Wakulla on Jun 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    It is way past time for the University system to tighten it's belt. Reduce the salarys of presidents and faculty. Get rid of all the dead wood.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM in reply to Docker
      Docker is a college man. He went to a college where they don't teach the distinction between "it's" and "its" and also where they don't teach how to form the plural of "salary." He also attended elementary and secondary schools where those skills are not taught. All hail Docker.
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        by Docker on Jun 12, 2012 at 05:14 AM in reply to
        I offered a solution. You do not have a solution. You are a bottom feeder feeding at the trough of the state university system. Get a real job.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 08:19 AM in reply to Docker
          You offered a slogan, not a solution. You can barely read and write. I have not said how I earn my keep. I suppose you failed the logic class, as well as reading and writing classes. I hadn't known logic is taught in high school.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    Great state universities benefit everybody. Why not raise taxes to fund them? Oh I forgot, government, including great state universities, IS the problem. Yes indeedy. Your children and grandchildren will spit on your graves and maybe on you.
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Jun 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    Why is this Blue Ribbon Task Force All White? Once again, Gov. Rick Scott has shown his true colors.
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      by Kyle on Jun 12, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to Rick
      One word, famu. nuff said.
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