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Florida's albatross



Some University of Central Florida economists are calling for drastic changes to the Bright Futures scholarship program, suggesting that the current incarnation can drag the state's economy into the gutter. "For politicians, the Bright Futures program is right up there with kissing babies and apple pie. For the Florida system of higher education, Bright Futures is an albatross around its neck," Sean Snaith, director of the UCF Institute for Economic Competitiveness, writes in the March 2007 Florida Forecast. The group's recommendations include raising the academic standard to get a Bright Futures scholarship, no longer awarding the scholarships to students who attend private colleges and universities, and removing the link between the tuition rate and the scholarship amount. "The state university system is in critical condition, and without some dramatic changes, the Florida economy and the people of the state will continue to fall behind in the global competition for jobs and prosperity," Snaith writes.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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