Rep. Bill Proctor, chair of the House Education Committee, has wrapped up his series of discussions with Florida's 11 university presidents, and he says he's gained valuable insight. Higher ed has been a hot topic on legislators' lips lately, even though major reforms aren't expected this session.
Here's what Proctor, who is about to be term-limited out of the Legislature, came away with:
“What is clear is that Florida’s universities reject a “one size fits all” approach that restricts growth and stifles innovation. Some universities are looking for autonomy to set tuition rates while others are seeking more support for programs that equip students for success in the global economy. Any future reforms must strike the right balance between moving Florida’s entire university system forward and allowing each institution to fulfill its individual mission.
“We are beginning to sift through the tremendous amount of information provided to the committee. I look forward to reviewing the ideas presented by our university presidents and continuing our meaningful discussion on higher education reform.”