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Scott urges BOG to keep college costs down



Not exactly surprising.

Kicking off a three-day meeting of the Florida Board of Governors, where the state higher education leaders will consider universities' requests for new tuition increases in light of state budget cuts, Gov. Rick Scott asked board members to scrutinize university spending before approving any new hikes.

Scott has been vocal against tuition increases. He's also called on universities to prove their return on investment, setting up a panel that's now looking into potential reforms of higher education in Florida.

While Scott came short of asking the board not to increase tuition, he said, ”I’d like to be No. 1 in affordability,” as reported by the Orlando Sentinel's education blog.

That was in addition to several other of Scott's hopes, including making Florida No. 1 for the number of degrees earned in high-demand STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), and having the greatest number of students graduating college and getting jobs in their fields of study.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:33pm]


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