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Should Florida look north instead of west for a higher ed model?



Florida lawmakers have made clear they plan to tackle higher education reform during their upcoming legislative session.

Gov. Rick Scott has promoted the Texas model as a possible direction, although he hasn't won much support from the legislative wing

What about taking a look at an initiative from Tennessee?

NPR reports about the successes found by the Tennessee Technology Centers system, which sets student schedules based on their goals and objectives, and has a strong rate of placing graduates into jobs.

Many higher-ed institutions brag about all the choices they offer: lots of courses and majors to choose from, pick your own schedule. But for some students, choice can be the enemy, says James King, vice chancellor of the Tennessee Technology Centers, a state-supported career-training program with 27 locations strung across the state.

"We do not use the Burger King Approach — 'Have it your way' — because, most of the time, employers do not have that approach," he said. "You work according to a schedule they set."

It might not work for everyone. But is it worth a look?

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:10pm]


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