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Ahead of BOG Meeting, USF, UCF stir up controversy

By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – Ahead of today's highly-anticipated Board of Governors Meeting, several proposals are coming under fire and at least one has already been dropped. Lynn Hatter reports among the issues the Board will consider are dental school proposals and the possible split of the University of South Florida Polytech School.

The University of South Florida's Board of Trustees is against the split of the USF Polytech Campus. Polytech is applying to the Board that oversees the state's 11 public universities to become the 12th state institution by going independent. But since announcing its plans, the school has gotten plenty of push-back, both from students who are concerned about their job prospects, and others like Senator Mike Fasano of New Port Richey. Fasano wants the Board of Governors to reject the move, saying the state can't afford a 12th state university. This puts him at odds with Senate Budget Chief JD Alexander, who supports the split.

Meanwhile the University of Central Florida has dropped its proposal for a new dental school. The Board was set this week to vote on whether to approve UCF's proposal or go with a plan between Florida A&M and the University of Florida to expand UF's existing dental school.