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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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Florida Rising

An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State


June 2013 by ACTA

ACTA’s 11th state report finds higher education in Florida has both sunny spots and storms to avoid, yet overall has strong potential to set an example for other states to follow. The report, Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State, examines issues of cost, speech codes, administrative vs. academic spending, core curriculum, athletic spending, and graduation rates. “Florida higher education navigated the economic downturn with more restraint than many other states in terms of keeping tuition relatively affordable, and can be seen as a model for the nation in that regard,” said Anne D. Neal, ACTA president. “However, rampant athletic spending, restrictive speech codes and an incomplete core curriculum show that continuing Florida’s upward course will need strong and active leadership from governing boards.”


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

The State University System of Florida has in recent years faced major budgetary challenges, remarkable for the size of the reduction in state funding, even when compared to the large cuts seen in so many states struck by the recession of 2008. Continue Reading>>

Press Release from Governor Rick Scott of Florida

Florida governor Rick Scott issued a press release acknowledging the importance of ACTA’s latest state report card, Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State. “The increase in tuition and fees have demanded an increasing percentage of Florida’s household income and saddled many Florida graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in debt,” Scott stated in the release. “I strongly agree with the final report recommendation calling for the university system to continue to hold the line on tuition.”

ACTA on Tallahassee’s Talk Radio

Host Preston Scott interviewed American Council of Trustees and Alumni Vice President of Policy, Michael Poliakoff, about ACTA's new state report, "Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State." Listen to the interview here. Dr. Poliakoff's segment begins around the 17:50 mark.

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