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FSU to Governor: Florida isn't Texas

By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida Governor Rick Scott has been pointing to Texas as a model for revamping things like faculty tenure and tuition. But Lynn Hatter reports at least one state university is also looking to Texas as a way to recruit faculty.

Universities compete over professors, trying to attract top-level scholars to their institutions. Those professors tend to bring their research and grants with them. And recent changes in Texas over how those professors are paid is leading to uncertainty, which schools like Florida State University may try to take advantage of. Florida State's President is Eric Barron.

"There are a group of people who claim Texas is good hunting ground right now, because the faculty don't know what to expect."

The Texas model places emphasis on the number of students taught versus how much it costs to educate them. Texas is also pushing a 10-thousand dollar degree program and placing more requirements on tenure.