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University of Florida is second-best value among U.S. public colleges, magazine says

UF is second-best value in public college ranking

The University of Florida is the nation's second-best value among U.S. public colleges and universities, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Only the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a better value when it comes to balancing academic excellence with in- and out-of-state costs, the magazine says. Four other Florida universities made the magazine's top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2010: New College (12th), Florida State University (17th), the University of Central Florida (36th) and the University of South Florida (60th). The 100 top-value institutions were selected from among 500-plus four-year colleges and universities. They were ranked on academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four- and six-year graduation rates, plus cost and financial aid.

Holidays parking revenue at TIA falls

Parking revenue at Tampa International Airport dropped during the holiday season compared to previous years, another indication that people are still adjusting to the bad economy. Louis Miller, TIA's executive director, said Thursday that revenue from the airport's garages dropped 6.5 percent from last year from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. Airline passenger volume hasn't been released yet, so it's not clear if the drop in parking meant fewer people were flying. It could mean more people are getting dropped off or are carpooling to the airport to cut costs, said Brenda Geoghagan, a spokeswoman for TIA.

One of five will be Teacher of Year

The list of finalists for Teacher of the Year in Hillsborough County has been narrowed to five. They are: Crystal Dukes, Freedom High School; Ryan Kinser, Turkey Creek Middle; Emily Marrero, Philip Shore Elementary; Marcy Ringdahl, Alafia Elementary School; and Holly Sinclair, Gorrie Elementary. The teachers were selected by their peers in more than 200 county schools. The winner will be announced Jan. 28 in a ceremony at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Airport's building won't be rescued

The Hillsborough Aviation Authority board votes to demolish the $4 million office building on Jim Walter Boulevard. Story, 3B


Carl Grooms is the owner of Fancy Farms in Plant City. A story Thursday spelled his name incorrectly.


Mark Taylor Orr Jr. is known as Taylor Orr. A survivor's listing in Wednesday's Epilogue on his father, University of South Florida professor Mark T. Orr, was unclear on this point.

University of Florida is second-best value among U.S. public colleges, magazine says 01/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 11:15pm]
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