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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The news from Tallahassee is not good

At least for higher education. The house and senate are in 'double secret' negotiations and it appears that the house is swaying the senate towards their funding levels. In particular, one of the future republican leaders is arguing for huge cuts so that the budget can look good under his leadership. None of the discussion seems to focus on how bad things look for the Universities at the moment.

The 11 presidents of the state universities are converging on Tallahassee to complain about the house plan. They will argue for their respective universities, but as one news reporter said "They are likely to come away disappointed".

I've also been reading comments to articles about cuts to higher education and for the most part, people seem to think it's a good idea. There's not much looking to the future only statements like "We have to tighten our belts, so should higher education". Nevermind that we've been tightening our belts for the past 4 years! At some point, higher education in Florida will cease to be 'higher' and due to the past budget cuts, the dream of a top university is gone. We now have to struggle to stay mediocre.


At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is going to happen is UF will become a intellectual "maybe" until research starts pulling in the grant money. However, those doing the research are going to be headed out of state to North Carolina's research triangle. So, UF will be hurting to find grants too. It will be a slow erosion.

The leadership in Tallahassee is still working with the notion that Florida is a tourist state. They can't see passed the beaches and Disney for the means to pull us out of the rut. Until that time comes, they will cut and cut until higher education is a has been. It is the cash cow where the reductions won't hurt, or matter.

We don't need no stinkin' education. We need tourists.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Joe Meert said...

Yes, that's about the size of it. Smart tourists being hosted by dumb Floridians


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