5:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Group Plans Federal Challenge To New Florida Scholarship Program

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Florida’s new scholarship program for National Merit and Achievement Scholars is heading toward a legal challenge. Critics of the new program claim it discriminates against minority students.

The looming challenge to the Florida Incentive Scholarship Program is rooted in the state’s current Bright Futures Scholarship for high achieving students. For the past few years, the state has been scaling back the number of students getting those scholarships. It's done so by raising eligibility requirements, largely  SAT and ACT scores.

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4:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

New State Scholarship Program Aimed At Keeping Top Scholars At Florida Schools

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Florida’s top high school graduates are getting a new financial incentive to go to Florida universities.

Tucked away in the state budget is a program aimed at rewarding Florida students designated as National Merit scholars, called the Florida National Merit Scholarship Initiative.

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4:20 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

FSU Graduate Assistants Demand Prez Search Committee Add 13 Students

Florida State University's Graduate Assistants United is demanding that thirteen students be added to the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to replace one graduate student seat.
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Florida State University’s Graduate Assistants United, part of the overarching United Faculty of Florida, is calling for the Board of Trustees to add thirteen students to the university’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee to replace the seat of the only graduate student on the committee, who recently resigned due to scheduling difficulties in the fall.

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5:07 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

FSU's Relationship With Koch Foundation Highlights Dilemma Of Higher Ed Funding

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What should the connection be between politically partisan donors and the universities they help support? 

At recent hearings of Florida State University’s Presidential Search Committee, an old complaint has once again reared up—one aimed squarely at a prominent political and financial donor. Ralph Wilson, with the FSU Progress Coalition, points to the Koch brothers. 

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4:39 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New FAMU AD Winslow Begins Revamp Of 'Broken' Department With Cuts To Golf, Tennis

Kellen Winslow Sr. speaks at a FAMU news conference in early 2014.
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Florida A&M University plans to suspend its men’s golf and tennis programs in an effort to rein in a recurring budget deficit.

The move comes at the direction of the university’s new Athletics Director, Kellen Winslow, who, in a statement from the university, says “the current financial situation of the athletics department makes it imperative” to cut the programs. At many colleges and university’s athletics is responsible for raising its own money.  

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