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Independent USF Lakeland bill moves ahead



Legislation to make USF's Lakeland campus a separately accredited and budgeted entity passed the Senate higher education committee with little debate this morning. USF St. Petersburg is operated that way already.

Meanwhile, USF officials are seeking $15-million to build a campus in Lakeland, where they now share space with Polk community college. The prospects of that happening this snssiom are less certain, given the state's more than $2-billion deficit for 2008-09.

Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Wales, is pushing the independent campus bill in his chamber. He has significant land holdings near the proposed campus.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:37am]


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