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Today’s Talk vs. Rick Scott’s Walk: Higher Education

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“OBAMAS TO HOST EVENT ON COLLEGE COSTS” TODAY. “The Event Is Part Of A Broader White House Push To Emphasize The President’s Economic Agenda Before The State Of The Union Address … Carney Said The Daylong Conference Would Focus Specifically On Helping ‘Young People From Disadvantaged Backgrounds’ Get Into And Complete College.” (Justin Sink, “Obamas To Host Event On College Costs,” The Hill, 1/10/14)

WHILE TUITION HAS SKYROCKTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RICK SCOTT HAS URGED UNIVERSITIES TO HOLD THE LINE ON TUITION…

According To College Board, Tuition Costs Have Increased Dramatically Over The Last Five Years: Public, Four-Year Universities Have Seen A 31% Increase In Tuition Costs Since 2008. (“Trends In College Pricing 2012,” College Board)

The Gainesville Sun: “Scott Urges Universities To Hold The Line On Tuition.” (Jeff Schweers, The Gainesville Sun, 6/4/13)

The Tampa Bay Times: “Gov. Rick Scott Urges University Trustees To Hold Tuition Flat.” (Jeffrey Solochek, The Tampa Bay Times, 5/24/13)

WFSU NPR Tallahassee: “Scott To University Presidents: ‘We Will Fight To Hold The Line On Tuition.” (Lynn Hatter, WFSU, 5/24/13)

CHALLENGING UNIVERSITIES TO OFFER BACCALAUREATE DEGREES AT $10,000 …

In November, 2012, Governor Rick Scott Announced “$10,000 Degree Challenge” To Make College More Affordable. “Today, Governor Rick Scott was joined by the President of St. Petersburg College, William D. Law, Jr., and Brad Jenkins, Associate Dean of Engineering Technology & Building Arts at St. Petersburg College to announce the “Governor’s $10,000 Degree Challenge.” At the press conference, Dr. Law announced that St. Petersburg College would be the first Florida college to accept the Governor’s challenge to create a $10,000 degree program targeted at making higher education more affordable and results-oriented for Florida families.” (Press Release, “Governor Rick Scott Announces ‘Governor’s $10,000 Degree Challenge’ To Make College More Affordable, Office Of Gov. Rick Scott, 11/16/12)

By January, All 23 Florida State Colleges With Baccalaureate Degrees Accepted $10,000 Degree Challenges. “Governor Rick Scott today announced that 11 additional state colleges have accepted his challenge to work to develop quality bachelor’s degree programs costing students no more than $10,000.  To date, all of the 23 institutions in the Florida College System that offer baccalaureate degrees have announced their support to Governor Scott’s higher education affordability challenge.” (Press Release, “Gov. Scott Announces All 23 Florida State Colleges With Baccalaureate Degrees Have Accepted $10K Degree Challenge,” Office Of Gov. Rick Scott, 1/28/13)

Miami Dade College President Applauds Governor Scott’s Leadership “In Advocating For Greater Access And Affordability To Higher Education.” “Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron said ‘Miami Dade College applauds Governor Scott for his leadership in advocating for greater access and affordability to higher education.  We at MDC have long been committed to these goals and are pleased to unveil a “Pathway to the Baccalaureate” initiative that will provide interested students the opportunity to complete one of the most affordable, high-quality workforce oriented bachelor’s degrees in the nation.'” (Press Release, “Gov. Scott Announces All 23 Florida State Colleges With Baccalaureate Degrees Have Accepted $10K Degree Challenge,” Office Of Gov. Rick Scott, 1/28/13)

… AND PASSING LEGISLATION TO TIE HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING TO RESULTS, EMPHASIZING JOB TRAINING

Governor Scott Proposed Linking Higher Ed Funding To Results: “‘Everybody in our state, this is their money. They want to get a return. So…allocate the money based on results.’ He said he supported three measurements on universities: the percentage of graduates who get jobs or further their education, how much they make and the cost of their degree.” (Nathan Crabbe, “Scott Wants Higher-Ed Funding Tied To Results,” The Gainesville Sun, 11/7/12)

SB 1076 Passed With “Universal Support From Republican And Democratic Lawmakers” “The law also represents a step forward into uncharted digital territory, and a renewed effort to link education to careers…University presidents, school superintendents, parents, teachers and business leaders lavished praise on the proposal.´ (Kathleen McGrory, “Gov. Rick Scott Signs Sweeping Education Bill,” Tampa Bay Times, 4/22/13­)

Governor Scott Emphasized Job Training and Learning High-Tech Skills To Prepare For College And A Future Career: “Some high school students should have an easier time earning diplomas under a sweeping education bill Gov. Rick Scott signed Monday…The new requirements create ways for students to learn skills that industries want and pay for, she [Orange County Superintendent Barbar Jenkins] said.” (Leslie Postal, “Scott Signs High School Grab Bill,” Orlando Sentinel, 4/22/13)

 

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