Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida Board of Governors committee rejects some proposed university fees

ORLANDO — The Board of Governors' budget committee Thursday took up new student fees, its first-ever review since the Legislature last year handed over that authority.

Not every university got what it wanted.

Among the committee's rejections were the University of South Florida's proposed "global experience" fee, a $10-per-semester charge that would help finance overseas study and work programs, and Florida State University's "safety and security fee" of 97 cents per credit hour to pay for new campus police officers.

Committee member John Rood said that if the university needs new officers, it should pay for them without new fees.

"This falls into a basic thing we should be doing," he said.

The committee's recommendations go to the full board next month.

Board spokeswoman Kelly Layman said higher education officials continue to review Gov. Rick Scott's budget proposal.

Scott's university system budget came in at about $2.07 billion, compared with the board's recommended $2.5 billion.

One of the big differences: Scott's budget includes no funding for the New Florida Initiative, a top priority of the university system aimed at pumping up research and spurring the economy. University leaders want $150 million.

Scott's plan also includes cuts to the major gift-matching program.

Basic operational costs are roughly the same as the current year's, Layman said. Nearly $150 million in federal stimulus money disappears next year, something that will affect each university differently.

"Generally speaking, we're pleased overall," she said of Scott's proposal.

Florida Board of Governors committee rejects some proposed university fees 02/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. What to watch this week: Catch these titles before they leave Netflix in July

    Blogs

    It's been less than a week since summer officially started, and I don't know about you, but I'm more than ready for cooler weather to get here. It's too hot outside to function (looking at you, 116 degree Arizona), but Netflix has us covered with a boatload of new TV shows and movies coming in July. Unfortunately, that …

    Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight in 1989's Batman.
  2. Do you need to vote in city elections to run for mayor of St. Pete? Jesse Nevel says no

    Blogs

    Jesse Nevel is running for mayor. But, voting records show, he has never cast a ballot in a St. Petersburg city election.

    Jesse Nevel is running for mayor, but has never voted in a city election
  3. St. Petersburg man arrested for breaking into 12 homes being tented for termites

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 36-year-old former pest control worker was arrested for burglarizing 12 homes over the last five weeks, according to St. Petersburg police.

    David Cooper, 26, was arrested for breaking into 12 homes tented for termites over five weeks, according to St. Petersburg Police. [Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Video: Gator snaps at photographer who got too close at Paynes Prairie

    Wildlife

    Perhaps this guy should have just used a zoom lens.

    A video that was posted June 17 on Facebook by Ben Boukari Jr. shows the gator lurching at the photographer, causing him to stumble behind some shrubbery as it chomped at a tripod and rested near his backpack before staring him down. [Facebook]

  5. Timmy Claus is coming to town

    Blogs

    The circus is coming to town.

    Well, close enough.

    Timmy the Tebow is coming to Tampa Bay.

    It’s true. At least it could be. St. Timothy has been promoted by the New York Mets to high Class-A Port St. Lucie. If he stays promoted, Tebow should be in Tampa Bay for eight games beginning August 10 …

    Coming soon: Tim Tebow will hit Tampa Bay in August.