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Mentioned as CFO contender, Tom Grady focused on university appointment

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Former state Rep. Tom Grady says he is focused on the Florida Gulf Coast University president’s position, despite speculation he could be the top choice to replace CFO Jeff Atwater. In a message to FloridaPolitics.com Friday, the Naples Republican noted he recently applied to president the Estero university and “is fully engaged in that activity and working hard to learn all I can about that position.” Grady was one of 10 semi-finalists selected by a presidential search committee this week.…

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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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Joe Negron kicking off State University System listening tour

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Senate President-Designate Joe Negron is heading back to college. Negron kicks off a four-day listening tour of Florida’s State University System on Monday. The Stuart Republican is expected to visit all 12 of the state universities during the listening tour. “Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to discuss with fellow senators my goal of making Florida’s good universities great,” he said in a statement earlier this month announcing the trip. “My colleagues share this coal. We…

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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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Tuition going up for Florida students

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From Florida News Service: Florida public university students will pay on average an additional $532 in tuition and fees for the upcoming school year that begins in the fall, the university system’s board of governors determined Friday. The university governing board approved a 15 percent tuition increase for the 11 universities Friday, bringing Florida’s public university tuition more in line with the national average. The Legislature had already approved an 8 percent tuition increase, but the board tacked on an…

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