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Governor Scott's Higher Ed Task Force Readies Recommendations

October 24, 2012 | WMFE - Governor Rick Scott's Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform has announced a tentative agreement on new recommendations.

The panel on Wednesday called for different tuition rates based on the type of degree being sought, such as business, education or engineering. It also proposed allowing what it’s calling "pre-eminent universities" to set higher tuition rates.

In addition, the task force came out in support of giving bigger roles in budgeting and in hiring university presidents to the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.

However, it backed away from a proposal that would have set a goal of reaching the national average for state university funding. Florida now ranks near the bottom.

The seven-member panel plans to finalize its recommendations to Scott and the Legislature next week.


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