Florida university system's board to consider cutbacks today

Florida's public universities say their finances have been stretched so thin for so long that something has to give. Full Story
DBB

Jacksonville, FL

#2 Jul 10, 2007
this is how you attract more high end businesses to the state! hamstring the universities! wait, no, thats not right. that just leads to more people making 8/hr at disney....
Thomas A Breslin

Miami, FL

#3 Jul 10, 2007
There is a regular pattern of early-decade and mid-decade SUS budget cuts going back at least to the early 90s when the SUS absorbed a 25% cut per FTE student. Early in this decade the cut was about 11%. It's past time for Florida's universities to start building substantial endowmments that will reduce depndence on the state budget and on tuition increases. Virginia's oldest universities have been successfully doing this. Why isn't Florida studying Virginia's example for guidance about using private endowment to fund public universities more adequately? Florida's legislature long ago acknowledged the importance of endowment when it established a narrowly focused program to match substantial private donations to the public universities. It's time to revisit the issue.
FAU

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Jul 10, 2007
One way to cut back the budget is to fire the FAU president and appoint someone with fiscal ethics.
david

Denver, CO

#5 Jul 10, 2007
florida,its time to rise-up.
Rich Idleman

Haines City, FL

#6 Jul 14, 2007
Financial entropy has finally arrrived in the State of Florida University System, spurred by the monetary collapse of FAMU.

The gravity of the statewide budget cuts over the next several years will suck the light out of the non-profits over the next decade if tuition and fees do not increase by at least 100% to reach a break-even-point. There's a lot of mental masturbation in play in the halls of Tallahassee but no real answers.

This won't be done on the back of the resident taxpayers or tourists either! Say "bye-bye" to the tenure trough for profs and "hello" to full-time contracts via attrition and scant newbie hires. Worky-work, busy bees!
Jack

AOL

#7 Jul 14, 2007
Can you borrow some money from Donavan and Urban

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