More women look to online classes to earn degrees in Florida
More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors. Sixty-five percent of the undergraduates who took only distance-learning courses in the 2016-2017 academic year were women. More from WJXT and WJCT.
Universities face tougher graduation standard
With a record $560 million in performance funding at stake, Florida’s universities will now have to meet a four-year graduation standard. The plan advanced by the board’s Budget and Finance Committee is in line with a law passed during this year’s legislative session and approved by Gov. Rick Scott. [Source: WPEC]
Major school voucher expansion proposals won’t be on Florida ballot
It seemed the CRC was gearing up to amend Florida's constitution to finally allow for the major expansion of school vouchers the Legislature has long sought. Instead, the 37-member commission dropped its two major voucher expansion proposals last week . [Source: Times/Herald]
Rope, not dope: UF to tackle hemp research
The University of Florida could start growing industrial hemp as soon as the fall, but the project still has to pass some hurdles before planting begins. The university’s board of trustees approved the project Friday, and now the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration must approve importing industrial hemp seeds. Full story from Growing Produce, here. Also read more at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Teachers can’t afford Miami rents. The county has a plan: Let them live at school.
Amid a wide gap between modest teacher salaries and Miami’s high housing prices, the county has a new plan: build apartments on school property and let faculty live there. Though preliminary, the joint effort by Miami-Dade’s school system and housing department has momentum. [Source: Miami Herald]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› FIU building altered reality studio [Campus Technology] A new facility at Florida International University will give students hands-on experience with the creative, administrative and business aspects of virtual reality. The new STAR Labs is described as a studio for altered reality, and will house a lab, theater, classrooms and offices.
› UF Board of Trustees approved new chair [The Alligator] The UF Board of Trustees unanimously selected an Iranian immigrant as its next next chairman, in a meeting last Friday. Mori Hosseini, the CEO of a construction company called Intervest Construction Inc., was nominated by the board’s current chairman, Bill Heavener. (Hosseini's photo is at right.)
› Head of USF consolidation task force to be St. Petersburg doctor [Tampa Bay Times] As the University of South Florida System starts down the long road to consolidation, it will lean on the guidance of a task force whose leader was appointed Monday. Dr. Jonathan Ellen, a well-known community leader as president and vice dean of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, will take on the role of chairman.
› Florida State University lifts alcohol ban for fraternities and sororities [USA Today] Florida State University is lifting its self-imposed five-month ban on alcohol for all Recognized Student Organizations. FSU President John Thrasher suspended all fraternities and sororities and cracked down on alcohol on campus days after the Nov. 3 death of Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey.
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