Days after the Florida Board of Governors granted a wide range of tuition increases to the state's 11 public universities -- in a seemingly arbitrary auction-like fashion -- at least one university is now taking the opportunity to appeal.
Florida Gulf Coast University, which asked for a 14 percent hike and was instead granted a 12 percent increase, is now asking for reconsideration. The university's board of trustees made the decision in an emergency conference call this morning.
The Board of Governors will schedule a meeting between a BOG appeals panel and FGCU sometime before July 2.
Meanwhile, the University of South Florida's Board of Trustees will have its own emergency conference call meeting this afternoon. USF originally wanted the 15 percent maximum, too, but backed off to 11 percent after hearing that the BOG would be particularly tough on any maximum increases this year, given Gov. Rick Scott's well known aversion to new tuition hikes.