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FSU, UF Become Florida's 'Preeminent' Universities


Florida State University and the University of Florida can now add another distinction to the list.

The Florida Board of Governors approved the “preeminent university” status for FSU and UF in an unanimous vote Monday. Along with millions more in state funding for both schools, the University of Florida will be able to establish a program offering 4-year degrees entirely online.

Board member  John Rood said,  “It’s exciting because this is something that we thought about, came together on and spent a lot of time discussing and developed a plan and its being implemented next January, so it’s a lot that’s been accomplished in a relatively short time.”    

UF’s online programs could be up and running by January of 2014. Lawmakers created the designation for universities meeting certain benchmarks such as high graduation rates, research money and national rankings. 

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