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Meaningless metrics mask troublesome trends in higher education

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Florida changes higher education funding formulas nearly as often as Kardashians change clothes. At the Department of Making Things Incomprehensible, Metrics Mavens have their hands full monkeying around with the Ten Metrics that determine which universities get the rich gravy, and which get the thin gruel. Florida’s Ten Metrics appear to have been written by the folks who write insurance policies, credit card contracts and the scoring system for figure skating. We could get the same results cheaper with an…

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LSU at Florida game postponed as Hurricane Matthew nears

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No. 18 Florida’s home game against LSU has been postponed because of looming and powerful Hurricane Matthew, which already has been blamed for more than 100 deaths and is threatening the southeastern U.S. coast. The Florida-LSU game was to be played Saturday. The teams were unable to agree on any alternative arrangements to play the game elsewhere this weekend, and the Southeastern Conference said they would try to reschedule – though that seems unlikely since the Gators and Tigers do…

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Selection Sunday: “Fastest night in college basketball”

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For teams that got a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament, finding out where and who they’re playing was not the end of selection-night drama. It was only the beginning. And that’s especially true for eight teams that are opening-round bound. Scenes like one at Florida Gulf Coast were playing out at plenty of schools Sunday night. It was nearly 10 p.m. Sunday and people in three different offices at FGCU are calling the school’s top donors, asking whether they…

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