Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida can transform economy with big investment in higher education, university chancellor Frank Brogan says

TAMPA — Florida can transform its economy by doubling spending on higher education, university system chancellor Frank Brogan said Wednesday.

To an economy based on agriculture, tourism and growth, Brogan wants to add a fourth leg, knowledge and innovation.

In what promises to be his first big legislative test as chancellor, the former lieutenant governor said he plans to ask the Legislature to add about $100 million to next year's proposed $3 billion core budget for the state university system.

That, he said, should be the first installment in a long-term commitment of investment.

Over five years, Brogan proposes to add $1.75 billion in recurring state funding to Florida's 11 public universities.

Combined with tuition increases initiated by individual universities, the new funding would roughly double the current budget from general revenue and lottery money. That's a goal endorsed this month by the Florida Council of 100, the state's leading business organization.

Brogan contends that creating more degreed Floridians with creative and analytical skills will help "slingshot" the state out of the recession.

"Yes, these are big numbers, and yes, times are tough, but I submit this exactly when people should work to find this kind of money," he said. "Now's the time to do it, because I think now is the time of greatest need."

Half the new funding would be spent developing degrees in targeted areas such as science, technology, engineering and math.

The other half would go to developing graduates with degrees needed for regional and statewide development. Those disciplines would include business, nursing, computing, construction, architecture and education.

Florida can transform economy with big investment in higher education, university chancellor Frank Brogan says 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 10:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jameis Winston held his pro day at Florida State's indoor practice facility. His pro team will be getting one soon.
  2. Where to see Fourth of July fireworks across Tampa Bay

    Events

    Looking for Independence Day fireworks shows in the Tampa Bay area? There are plenty of options, including the massive shows in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey, as well as smaller shows across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Sarasota counties.

    Fireworks explode with color over the Nature Coast Freedom Festival in Hernando County. There will be a variety of fireworks displays across the Tampa Bay area for the Fourth of July in 2017. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times (2009)]
  3. PolitiFact takes on big health care question: Does GOP bill cut Medicaid?

    National

    Politics and math don't always get along, and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway raised a common complaint about how people talk about the future of Medicaid spending under the Senate Republican health care bill.

    Alice Jacobs, 90, at Dogwood Village, a nonprofit county-owned nursing home in Orange, Va., on June 23. Medicaid, targeted by Republicans' health care bill, pays for most of the 1.4 million elderly people in nursing homes, some of whom do not know they are on it. (Khue Bui/The New York Times)
  4. Higher Social Security payouts help Florida post a big jump in personal income

    Personal Finance

    Personal income grew 1.3 percent in Florida in the first quarter of this year, a four-way tie among all states for second-fastest growth behind Idaho.

  5. Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' compares to the 1971 version

    Movies

    It was a man's world in 1971 when Clint Eastwood starred in The Beguiled, a Southern gothic thriller that's as misogynistic in hindsight as old movies can be.

    Nicole Kidman, left, and Colin Farrell in a scene from “The Beguiled.”