University System Challenges Laid Out State Task Force

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Something has got to give.

Even if they increased tuition by the maximum 15 percent allowed by law, the chancellor of the Florida’s university system said they would still not be able to make up financially for the dramatic cuts in state funding.

Chancellor Frank Brogan told told a newly created task force on higher education that if the state’s public universities would raise roughly $100 million if all boosted their tuition by the 15 percent maximum. However, lawmakers have slashed spending for higher education by roughly $300 million in recent years.

Brogan added that Florida’s 11 public universities were growing at a rate of 2 percent to 3 percent annually.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed the task force last month to examine what changes might make Florida’s higher education system more efficient, transparent and accountable.

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