Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Scott Faces “Relentless” Backlash

Florida college students are showing Gov. Rick Scott that they’re not happy with his approach to higher education.

Across the state this week students at seven college campuses will gather to protest what they call a “relentless attack on higher education” by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott has been a vocal skeptic of the liberal arts emphasis of traditional higher ed, instead calling for more of a focus on fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Last month he sent out a lengthy probe out to leaders of all 11 public universities, seemingly asking them to justify themselves by providing information about their costs, programs and graduates’ chosen fields and salaries.

The rallies, at the University of South Florida, USF St. Petersburg, University of Florida, University of Central Florida Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Florida State, are also meant to draw attention to 15 percent tuition hikes okayed by the Legislature a couple years ago, in addition to changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

And don’t get me started on what Gov. Scott and the legislature have already done to public education at the primary and secondary level.

Via Think Progress.