Gov. Scott Names Higher Education Task Force

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Following his veto of a bill allowing the University of Florida and Florida State University to raise tuition beyond a state-imposed cap, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday announced the formation of a task force to take a look at higher education reform.

“The state has a vested interest in ensuring its higher education system produces world-class talent to serve as engaged citizens and meet the demands of Florida’s emerging knowledge-based economy,” Scott said in a statement. “It’s time to assess the progress of prior reform efforts and identify strategies to improve efficiencies and enhance the system’s effectiveness as an economic catalyst.”

Specifically, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform is being asked to focus on the state university system governance, particularly how the Board of Governor’s interacts with individual universities.

David Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation, will become chairman of the seven-member committee, which is expected to complete its work by the end of October.

Other members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform will be appointed by leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.

The task force websites are: www.FLHigherEd.org and www.facebook.com/FLHigherEd.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”

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