Sunday, July 16, 2017

State Colleges Facing Year of 'Stagnation' and 'Lost Opportunity' - Lloyd Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida

But the new budget left the 28 state colleges with $25 million less than they received in the prior year --- and that doesn't include Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes, which eliminated more than $13 million in projects and spending for the schools. Embedded in the cut is a $30.2 million reduction in funding for remedial education for the colleges. David Armstrong, president of Broward College, the second-largest school in the system, said the new budget sets up a year of “lost opportunity” and “stagnation” at the state colleges, which serve about 800,000 full- and part-time students across the state. Armstrong, a former state college system chancellor, said while the university budget increase will allow schools like the University of Florida to launch an ambitious plan to hire 500 new faculty members and reduce class sizes, it will be a different story at the state colleges.

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