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For Gov. Rick Scott, higher learning is about higher earning



Gov. Rick Scott went to college with one goal: make money.

He didn't join a fraternity or become active in student government. He took only the classes he needed for his degree and not a credit more.

Married when he attended community college, he paid for a bachelor's degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with help from the G.I. Bill. And he worked full-time in a doughnut shop he purchased with a friend.

The boy who grew up wanting to be rich knew from the start he wanted to become a businessman.

For Scott, college was a means to an end. Now he wants Florida colleges and universities to have the same razor-sharp focus — rein in tuition costs and create cheaper degrees that can get graduates jobs.

It's an approach to higher education that has put Scott at odds with educators who argue dollars and cents aren't the only factors determining the worth of a degree.

But Scott is convinced his ideas are best for the bottom lines of both the state and students.

And he's got his personal history to prove it.

Read the story by Tia Mitchell.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 23, 2012 11:25am]


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