Brain-drain Band-Aid: $56.8-million
Turns out stemming the exodus of professors from Florida universities isn't cheap.
In what will no doubt be a lean budget year, the Board of Governors is nonetheless poised to seek $56.8-million in 2009-10 state dollars to fill vacant positions and boost instructors' pay.
State employees didn't get a raise this year, prompting UF to recently announce it will use tuition revenues to boost pay anyway. And the ratio of students to tenure and tenure-track ratio, the worst in the country at 27.3 to 1, has declined 45 percent since 1989-90.
The Board says universities need to hire 1,600 new faculty members just to get to the national average. Maybe outgoing House Speaker Marco Rubio or Sen. Mike Haridopolos can take on an extra class or two?