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Florida's BOG chairwoman to appear on local TV program



Interested in higher education issues?

If so, you might want to tune in this week to "Florida Face to Face," a Florida Channel program that will feature Florida Board of Governors chairwoman Ava Parker. The board oversees the state's 11 public universities.

Parker, a lawyer from Jacksonville, will talk about the board's fiscal challenges, the "New Florida Initiative" aimed at economic development through higher ed, the board's effort to decrease duplication of programs, and growth of the system, which now has more than 320,000 students.

It's likely to be an interesting discussion, as the board is currently working on updating its strategic plan through at least 2020. They're also now discussing a new policy that would put the board in a better place should it ever decide to add another university to the system. That decision would ultimately be up to the Florida legislature, but if approved, an updated policy would provide for a more smooth process. Another couple regulations being considered would have universities communicate more when expanding outside their physical areas, as defined by economic areas outlined in the state's strategic plan. That issue in particular has stirred up some controversy among university leaders.

Here's when to tune in to see Parker's appearance in your area:

  • Tampa: WEDU (channel 3) on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and WUSF (channel 16) on Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
  • Cocoa:  WBCC (channel 68) on Sunday at 5:00 pm
  • Fort Myers: WGCU (channel 30) on Sunday at 11 a.m
  • Jacksonville: WJCT (channel 7) on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
  • Miami:  WLRN (channel 17) on Sunday at noon
  • Panama City: WFSG (channel 56) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Pensacola: WSRE (channel 23) on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tallahassee: WFSU (channel 11) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:58pm]


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