Higher Ed Press Clips November 2012
November 1-2, 2012
Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper proposed $20.3 billion budget for 2013-14 –
In the most robust spending plan presented since before the Great Recession began, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday proposed a 2013-14 state budget that would give state employees raises, add more money to schools and colleges and still give seniors a property tax break. Under the $20.3 billion budget recommended by Hickenlooper, a Democrat elected in 2010, total spending would increase by 5.4 percent over the current, 2012-13 fiscal year, which ends in June. The biggest increases would come in spending for health care, which would see an 8.6 percent increase, or $475.6 million. Forty percent of that spending increase, however, is in federal funds.
Bump to higher-ed makes school official happy – to a point –
Colorado colleges and universities' seemingly inevitable march to a complete loss of state funding was braked Thursday when Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposed 2013-14 budget included a $37.5 million increase for higher education. The request for almost $657 million for higher ed — $543 million in operating costs, with the remainder slated for financial aid — represents a 6.1 percent increase over last year.
Ed News Colorado:
Hick budget plan boosts K-12, colleges –
Colorado school districts would get an increase of $201.6 million in 2013-14 while higher education support would increase $30 million under the 2013-14 budget plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper. In percentage terms, the increases would amount to a 4.8 percent increase in all state K-12 spending and a 2.3 percent boost for state colleges and universities. The current 2012-13 state budget includes $5.3 billion in state and local funding for K-12 year, with a state share of about $3 billion. Many school districts still had to trim budgets this year because the funding didn’t fully cover rising costs.
State Budget rebounds after recession –
After five dreary years at the state Capitol, the recovery has begun to arrive for Colorado’s schools, colleges and government employees. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday unveiled a 2013-14 budget plan that for the first time since 2008 returns spending to its pre-recession levels. However, adjusted for inflation and population growth, the approximately $20 billion budget is still $1.1 billion below its peak. “Colorado’s economy is outperforming other states,” Hickenlooper said in a news release. “This gives us the ability to restore some cuts and modestly increase funding in critical areas of the state’s budget. But we still have a long way to go to fully recover from this recession.”
Colorado Springs Gazette:
State budget plan focuses on investments instead of cuts –
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's budget proposal released Thursday includes more funding for education, more Medicaid spending, and pay increases for state employees for the first time in five years. The Democratic governor's budget plan represents something the state hasn't seen in years: no major cuts. But Hickenlooper's economists have emphasized a theme of cautious optimism. They point out that state's economy is growing slowly, and that it has been boosted by taxes on one-time stock sales, not necessarily by more jobs.
November 3-5, 2012
Editorial: Hickenlooper’s approach to state budget is solid –
Gov. John Hickenlooper's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year is an appropriate post-recession spending plan that helps the unfortunate, includes money to encourage job creation and socks away a little extra cash for the next downturn. The proposal begins restoring cuts to education funding, both K-12 and higher ed, that have been so troubling. It includes a modest pay hike for state employees who've gone four years without raises.
Denver’s Metro State plan $12 million athletic complex on south side –
The idea of colleges using athletic facilities as a springboard to greater glory isn't new to the Denver area — think Colorado State University and its attempt to build a new $250 million football stadium. In the wake of that campaign comes Metropolitan State University of Denver, which has designs on a complex of its own. The difference — besides cost — is there won't be any uproar from the surrounding community.
Welding is the new hot course on campus –
FORT COLLINS — When Melody Fels first saw the twisted metal, sparks and gas flames, she knew she had found her new home. "I walked into the welding shop, and I thought, 'Oh, how fun. This is where I belong,' " said the 18-year-old Fels, one of 10 female students immersing themselves in the expanding field of welding at the Fort Collins branch of Front Range Community College. Welding is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States as the construction industry scrambles to replace the bulk of welders entering their 50s and eyeing retirement.
Boulder Daily Camera:
‘Pay-as-you-earn’ program to lower some student-loan programs –
College students taking out federal loans will soon have a new "pay-as-you-earn" option, a reform from President Barack Obama's administration that will ratchet down the cap on monthly repayments from 15 percent of discretionary income to 10 percent. Under the plan, which the Department of Education announced last week is being finalized, college graduates' loans could be forgiven after they make 20 years of payments, instead of the standard 25. Carly Robinson, a former University of Colorado student government leader who is set to graduate in May with a doctoral degree in atmospheric chemistry, said the new program is great news for this generation of college students -- especially those who are considering modest-paying careers.
Inside Higher Ed:
Other people’s money: Use of public tuition for financial aid likely to become political issue in many states –
Questions of fairness have always permeated discussions about admissions and financial aid. Is it fair to consider financial status in admissions? Is it fair for colleges to admit students who can’t pay? Is it fair to charge students different rates for the same class? A new fairness debate has cropped up in several states this year and is beginning to change policy in Iowa. Last month, the Board of Regents of the State of Iowa, which oversees the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa, eliminated their policy of earmarking 20 percent of in-state tuition revenue for financial aid purposes. In doing so, the board launched a plan to reduce the sticker price of attending the three universities by $1,000 a year. The tuition cut would be contingent on an increase in funding for the universities and for a new state need-based grant program.
Ed News Colorado:
State responds to Lobato plaintiffs –
School funding isn’t within the judiciary’s power and the state’s school finance system is in fact constitutional, the attorney general’s office argued today in a brief filed with the Colorado Supreme Court. The 38-page filing is the last in a series of key appeal documents sent to the court, starting with the state’s appeal on July 18. The plaintiffs responded with their own brief on Sept. 26. The next major step in the case is expected to be oral arguments before the high court sometime in the next few months. Denver District Judge Sheila Rappaport ruled for the plaintiffs in December 2011, holding that the state’s school finance system doesn’t meet the state constitution’s requirement for a “thorough and uniform” public school system.
November 6, 2012
Ed News Colorado:
Respite on ed issues unlikely for winners –
From the White House to Capitol Hill, the winners in this week’s elections won’t have much time to savor their victories. Even as federal policymakers sort out the political landscape, the remainder of 2012 and the early months of 2013 are likely to be dominated by divisive, unresolved issues with broad consequences for K-12 and higher education — some of which require immediate action.
New York Times:
Record Number of Young Americans Earn Bachelor’s Degree –
Although the United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, record numbers of young Americans are completing high school, going to college and finishing college, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available census data. This year, for the first time, a third of the nation’s 25- to 29-year-olds have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. That share has been slowly edging up for decades, from fewer than one-fifth of young adults in the early 1970s to 33 percent this year.
November 7-13, 2012
Colorado ranks 26th in attracting foreign students, study says –
The push by Colorado colleges and universities to attract foreign students — and the dollars they bring with them — appears to be paying off. While the state ranks 26th in the nation in the total number of international students attending school here, according to an annual study by the Institute of International Education, the total of 8,445 who enrolled during the 2011-12 school year was up almost 10 percent from the previous year. In addition, those students contributed more than $253 million to the state's economy.
CSU receives $1.4 million for new entrepreneurship program in Africa –
Colorado State University said Monday that it will receive $1.4 million from the U.S. Agency for international Development to help fund a new entrepreneurship program in Africa. The award is part of the agency's five-year, $25 million grant to the newly formed International Development Innovation Network, a consortium of schools led by MIT. CSU's Sustainable Enterprise MBAs for Africa (SEMBAA) program in Nairobi, Kenya, will educate entrepreneurs on developing affordable products that improve health, incomes and standard of living for people across the globe.
Busy summer at CSU vet diagnostic lab informs future treatments –
FORT COLLINS — It was a busy and surprising summer at Colorado State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The lab diagnoses diseases and pathogens — such as anthrax, rabies, equine herpes virus, West Nile virus, avian flu and cancer — for veterinarians, animal owners and labs across the country and sometimes the world. Agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture depend on the lab to alert them to outbreaks of deadly diseases found in animals that can be spread to humans.
Boulder Daily Camera:
CU regents consider 2nd computer science degree program –
Computer science graduates at the University of Colorado are recruited for summer internships up to nine months in advance and typically choose among five to 10 job offers upon graduation, enjoying average starting salary offers of $70,000, said Ken Anderson, associate chairman of the department. The demand for computer science graduates is exceptionally high in this college town known for tech start-ups -- prompting the university to launch a second computer science degree program, one that will be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and tailored for liberal arts students.
Extension offices still won’t help you grow pot –
Colorado’s top gardening experts continue to avoid teaching residents how to grow marijuana over fears they could lose their federal funding. Despite the passage of Amendment 64, which allows Colorado residents to possess up to an ounce of pot, employees of Colorado State University’s Extension service have been advised by university lawyers to keep quiet about how to best grow it.
Ed News Colorado:
Hickenlooper plans for 2013 session –
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s education priorities for the 2013 General Assembly include possible legislation allowing colleges to ask voters for support through tax increases as well as support for a lower tuition rate for undocumented students, according to a briefing Thursday. In addition, the governor is considering changes in college financial aid and the state’s teacher licensing system, David Archer, Hickenlooper’s deputy director of legislative affairs, told members of the Education Leadership Council, an appointed body that advises the governor on education policy.
Inside Higher Ed:
Report: State merit aid influences residency decision of few graduates –
One of the major justifications for state financial aid programs based on academic merit – grants that studies show go disproportionately to students from affluent families -- is that they keep those students, who might otherwise go elsewhere for college, in the state during and after their undergraduate years. But a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research by Maria D. Fitzpatrick and Damon Jones, public policy professors at Cornell University and the University of Chicago, respectively, calls that argument into question. Fitzpatrick and Jones looked at the migration patterns of students in states that adopted merit-aid programs and found that the scholarships do not have a sizable effect on migration patterns. The majority of the spending on these programs goes to students whose education and migration behavior is not altered.
November 14-15, 2012
TBD Colorado: Consider tax increases, constitutional reform –
Leaders of a large-scale effort to ask Coloradans how to address the state's long-term problems released on Wednesday a set of recommendations that calls for constitutional reforms and hints at tax increases but is light on specifics. The recommendations from the eight-member board of directors of TBD Colorado, or "To Be Determined," came after months of community engagement with more than 1,200 Coloradans during 70 public meetings across the state. The recommendations were presented to Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who initiated the TBD effort, at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The TBD effort, paid for with about $1.2 million in donated funds, focused on five issues: education, health, transportation, the state budget and the state workforce. Critics have savaged the effort as the inevitable precursor to a tax-increase initiative, although Hickenlooper and TBD organizers have denied there was any predetermined agenda.
Students get career boost –
Air Force Academy cadet Victor Lopez hoped his explosive demonstration of rocket engines sparked a little interest in science for Cesar Chavez Academy middle school students. "Our goal is to inspire kids to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)," Lopez said Monday during a break from talking to students about rockets.
"We don't care if they come to the academy, Colorado State University-Pueblo or the University of Colorado, we just want to get them interested in studying STEM."
Boulder Daily Camera:
CU student leaders lobby Legislature for lower tuition for undocumented students –
AURORA -- University of Colorado student leaders plan to lobby the Democratic-controlled state Legislature this year for a bill that would cut tuition for undocumented students who grew up in Colorado but are charged non-resident rates. Tyler Quick, chairman of the Intercampus Student Government and a student government executive from the Boulder campus, gave a report to the regents at a meeting Wednesday at the Anschutz Medical Campus. He said students' legislative priorities this upcoming session will include increased funding for higher education and supporting a measure to bring tuition for Colorado's undocumented students closer in line with in-state rates.
Ed News Colorado:
K-12 needs more money – with strings –
Public school funding – tied to student outcomes – higher education support and expansion of preschool and full-day kindergarten should be top state priorities, according to the board of directors of TBD Colorado, the group that’s spent more than a year studying and sampling public attitudes about major issues facing the state. Another highlight of the report, distributed Wednesday morning during a meeting of the larger TBD Advisory Group at the Denver Botanic Gardens, was the recommendation that the state tackle the constitutional and fiscal conflicts created by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, Amendment 23 and the Gallagher Amendment, which controls property taxes. “Colorado’s path forward is fiscally unsustainable,” said Greg Maffei, chair of TBD’s board. “The state will be unable to grow itself out of the fiscal gridlock.” Other priorities recommended by the report include health care (expansion of home-based care, more managed care, prevention programs), the state budget (dealing with long-term revenue challenges, greater efficiencies), state workers (fund the merit-pay system), transportation (more funding, alternative funding methods, more public-private partnerships).
(Blog) Broader Analysis Shows Higher College-Completion Rates –
The college-completion picture looks much better when researchers look beyond the typical federal reporting performance of first-time, full-time freshmen who graduate from the same institutions where they start. A new National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report released today includes transfer, part-time, and adult students, boosting the six-year completion rate for degrees and certificates to 54 percent, up from 42 when those students are not counted. The traditional graduation-rate calculations by the National Center on Education Statistics does not include the one in five students who completes a degree at a school other than the one where they started. Typically, the data used in graduation-rate calculations are institution-based and reflect institutional retention and not student persistence. The clearinghouse report shows 75 percent of full-time students complete a degree within six years. Figures from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reflect a 58 percent college-completion rate in this year's report.
Inside Higher Ed:
National Student Clearing house releases broad, deep data on college completion –
New and improved data show that America is doing better on college completion than had previously been revealed, according to a major report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. But plenty of work remains on degree production, and it’s unclear how the more reliable numbers will affect the “completion agenda” and a related push for more accountability in higher education. The statistics released today shift some of the focus to students from colleges when it comes to tracking graduation rates. That’s a welcome change, experts said, because students move around so much these days. About 22 percent earn a degree from a different college than the one where they first enrolled, according to the report, and one-quarter of transfer students cross state lines.
Money on the Mind: Finances affect students academically, NSSE 2012 finds –
The recession may be over, but as tuition and debt continue to rise, many students are still under extreme pressure to make ends meet – and for some, it’s at the expense of academic pursuits. In part responding to critics who wondered why they hadn’t explored this earlier, the creators of the National Survey of Student Engagement this year asked how finances were affecting students’ academic activity. The results, NSSE director Alexander C. McCormick said, are “not too surprising, but worrisome.” About 60 percent of full-time seniors who work more than 20 hours per week said it interfered with their academic performance, but just as many said they frequently looked into working more hours to cover costs. Further, 32 percent of first-year students and 36 percent of seniors said financial concerns interfered with their academic performance.
November 16, 2012
Editorial: Leading today for Colorado’s tomorrow –
We are big believers in the need for public debate before embarking on a wide-reaching or controversial policy change. And so we see the value in TBD, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's effort to engage a broad swath of Coloradans about the state's future. After listening to the group's findings, it's abundantly clear the time has come for action.
Hickenlooper set up this road show, and we think it is incumbent upon him to assemble the coalition for what we see as the next phase — convincing voters the Colorado they want is going to cost them a little more.
Boulder Daily Camera:
CU regents approve law school loan repayment assistance –
AURORA -- University of Colorado regents Thursday approved expansion plans for a law school program that helps graduates pay off their student loans if they take modest-paying public service jobs -- especially in the state's rural areas. The nine-member Board of Regents unanimously approved future plans for the law school's loan repayment assistance program, which includes an ambitious $10 million fundraising goal to support an endowment. Board chairman and CU law graduate Michael Carrigan applauded Dean Phil Weiser for expanding the program. Carrigan pointed out that CU has the only public law school in the state and there's a need to fill public and county attorney jobs in places such as the Eastern plains.
Inside Higher Ed:
What’s next for the Pell Grant? How Congress might deal with the Pell Grant shortfall –
WASHINGTON -- It’s been a nail-biting few years for Pell Grant advocates, as Congressional budget crisis after Congressional budget crisis raised the specter of deep cuts to the major federal financial aid program for low-income students. But the next 18 months for the program may be among the most difficult yet. The Pell Grant is safe from the “fiscal cliff” -- the combination of scheduled tax increases that go into effect in January, and mandatory spending cuts that take effect if Congress does not reach a long-term debt deal. But the 113th Congress, which takes office in January, will have to confront two other financial aid funding crunches in the next year and a half.
November 17-19, 2012
Elections portend sweeping Legislative change for higher education –
Not long ago, Metropolitan State University of Denver found itself in the cross hairs for its decision to create a new tuition rate for undocumented students. President Stephen Jordan and other school officials were asked to justify their actions during a lengthy and, at times, combustible hearing before the legislature's powerful Joint Budget Committee. This happened shortly after the state attorney general said the plan was a violation of state law, which in turn led to threats of lawsuits against the institution. After the election, in which Democrats gained control of the state House and retained control of the Senate, there's a strong chance the entire controversy will disappear. Other dramatic changes could be in store for higher education.
Editorial: CU’s increasing diversity benefits university, state –
As an increasingly diverse state, Colorado will continue to thrive only if it can successfully educate a broad swath of students all the way through college. That's why we're pleased to see the University of Colorado at Boulder is reporting this year's freshman class includes a record 22 percent minority students. Equally encouraging, the upward trajectory of students of color has been impressive not just this year but for several years. According to the Daily Camera, minority freshman enrollment has grown 19 percent over the past three years alone. CU officials attribute the increase both to aggressive outreach and recruiting as well as to on-campus programs that seek to ensure students find a supportive community once they arrive at school.
The Colorado Statesman:
TBD: more revenue, constitutional fixes –
A set of recommendations released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s blue ribbon commission TBD Colorado includes reforming the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, and finding revenue increases through tax increases and other reforms. The presentation has set off a heated debate over how the state should finance its “wish list” of services for the future. TBD Colorado, short for To Be Determined Colorado, developed its recommendations following community conversations with more than 1,200 Coloradans during 70 public meetings across the state over the past year. Citizens weighed in on what services they would like to see the state invest in, and how to go about achieving those goals. Topics included education, health care, the state budget, transportation, state personnel and the state constitution. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, heard the recommendations Wednesday at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where commission leaders held their presentation.
Ed News Colorado:
Johnston: SB191 delay not needed –
Sen. Mike Johnston, author of Colorado’s landmark educator evaluation law, says “It’s premature to change any timelines now” in rolling out of the new system for rating principals and teachers. Johnston met Friday with the State Council for Educator Effectiveness, the appointed body responsible for making recommendations about the design of the system to the State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Education. As the council has continued its work, some members have become worried about whether a sustainable system can be put in place under the timelines set in Senate Bill 10-191.
Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder considers whether to offer Common Application –
The University of Colorado might join nearly 500 other schools across the country in using the uniform Common Application to evaluate prospective students. Kevin MacLennan, director of CU's admissions office, said the university is exploring whether it should offer the form beginning with the class entering in fall 2014. It's possible that CU could give applicants the option of using either the Common Application or CU's traditional form. Now, 488 colleges and universities across the country accept the Common Application, which streamlines the admissions process for students interested in several colleges. "We're very interested in being student-friendly in our admissions process," MacLennan said.
International Enrollment Increases At CSU –
The number of international students on Colorado State University’s campus is up this academic year. International student enrollment has increased from 1,040 in 2010 to 1,226 this semester. These students equal 4 percent of CSU’s total student body. CSU hopes to boost its international student enrollment to more than 3,000 by 2020. Chinese undergraduate students account for the majority of the increase growing from 59 in 2010 to 190 this semester.
November 20-26, 2012
CSU Global “courage” ads stir debate with link to historic figures –
As a first-generation college student raised by a single mom who insisted that her three children pursue higher education, Kandi Brown says she knows something about having to face challenges. Which is why she says she's willing to "shout from the rooftops" about an advertising campaign by Colorado State University's Global Campus if it will help others in similar situations decide that they too can overcome obstacles that may be holding them back from returning to school. Global launched a television campaign about a year ago to emphasize one of its touchstones: "If you've got the courage, we've got the college.
After Colorado legalizes marijuana, universities still say no to pot –
Soon it will be legal to smoke marijuana in Colorado — just don’t get caught with it on a college campus. While the November passage of Amendment 64 legalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults age 21 and older, Colorado’s higher education institutions are figuring out what the new law means for students, faculty and employees on campus. At Colorado State University, the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College, student codes of conduct trump the constitutional amendment.
Gates Foundation grant aims to improve Colo. graduation rate –
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced plans to expand Colorado's efforts to help to increase high school graduation rates and better prepare students for success in college and careers. This work, funded by a $5.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will build on the Colorado Integration Project that began last year. "We are grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for recognizing the excellent work being done here in Colorado to improve student outcomes," Hickenlooper said. "This funding will allow us to continue and expand the critical work of helping students advance through a meaningful education. It also helps us to grow a stronger, better prepared workforce of the future."
(Blog) Factors to Consider When Selecting a Major –
There are lots of factors for students to consider when choosing their college major. Earlier this year, the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce reviewed job prospects by major, listing fields that had the highest and lowest unemployment rates. Then there is salary. Those who study engineering, computer/mathematics, and business have higher lifetime earnings than those in psychology/counseling, education, or human services, according to another Georgetown study.
Inside Higher Ed:
Pricing out the Humanities – U. of Florida history professor fight differential tuition –
history professors at the University of Florida think their courses are plenty valuable, but they don't want them to be among the most expensive. And they are organizing to protest a gubernatorial task force's recommendation to charge more for majors without an immediate job payoff -- a recommendation that the historians fear could discourage enrollments.
History professors have organized a petition against one of the more controversial recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform: differential tuition that could be punitive to the humanities. They've garnered more than 1,300 names in a week, including those from places far beyond the Sunshine State.
November 27, 2012
CSU looks to meet industry demand with new fermentation science major –
The study of fermentation may not sound intriguing at first, but the science behind the subject that shapes our cheeses, wines and breads has drawn plenty of people to learn more. Just ask Robert Poland, co-founder of MouCo Cheese Co., who gave up his dream of being a rock star to study fermentation. Poland got his first glimpse of fermentation at a young age when his elementary school teacher Charlie Papazian, author of “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing,” introduced him to bacteria.
Ed News Colorado:
Briefs: State grad rates released –
Colorado’s high school graduation rate of 74 percent puts it in the lower third of states nationally, according to statistics just released by the U.S. Department of Education. Thirty-four states reported higher graduation rates than Colorado, which was tied with South Carolina. Among neighboring states, only New Mexico, at 63 percent, reported a lower rate than Colorado. The department released the 2010-11 statistics on Monday, explaining that was “the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure” of four-year graduation rates. Variations in previous counting and reporting methods didn’t allow for accurate comparisons among states, a DOE news release said.
Inside Higher Ed:
No More Mr. Nice Guy – Community college takes on for-profits in marketing campaign –
Ozarks Technical Community College is naming names in a marketing campaign that touts how its tuition stacks up against for-profits. A TV commercial the college unveiled last week compares the $3,300 annual cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies at Ozarks to $32,000 at Bryan College, a small Christian for-profit, $18,000 at ITT Tech and roughly $14,000 at Everest College and Vatterott College. “When looking at the costs, there is no comparison,” a voiceover says during the commercial. “The numbers speak for themselves.”
(Blog) Report Finds Economic Success Hinges on Education Equity –
A report out today from the Alliance for Excellent Education says the nation's failure to provide all children with an equal education has "dire economic consequences" that will only worsen as the population of students of color grows. "The global economy demands knowledge and skills, and America cannot afford to ignore the gaps in educational achievement and disparate high school graduation rates that keep it from producing a workforce that possesses both," says the report, Inseparable Imperatives: Equity in Education and the Future of the American Economy, released by the Washington-based nonprofit. "U.S. policymakers searching for a formula to rebuild the economy must include equity in their equation."
(Florida) Gov. Rick Scott: Community colleges should offer $10,000 bachelor’s degrees –
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday issued a challenge to community colleges statewide: Create bachelor's degree programs that cost students $10,000 or less. By the end of the day, leaders of seven colleges — including Valencia College, Seminole State College and Daytona State College in Central Florida, and Broward College in South Florida — said they'd take him up on the proposition. "Governor, you have come to the right place," Valencia President Sandy Shugart said when Scott arrived at Valencia to promote the plan. Scott's push for lower tuition comes as colleges and universities across Florida are grappling with state budget cuts and students are plagued with rising costs and loan debt.