- Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that all 23 of the state's four-year colleges accepted his call to make a $10,000 degree program available.
- The programs available at the lower rate will be limited, with Palm Beach State, for example, offering them only in business supervision and management, information technology and nursing.
- Former Board of Education vice-chairman Roberto Martinez, whose term ended Dec. 31, called Scott's proposal a "gimmick" last fall, and critics have warned that the initiative could lead to schools sacrificing quality to a certain degree by using adjuncts or teaching assistants to cut costs so they can meet the $10,000 standard.
From the article:
Scott has been pushing to make higher education more affordable, ridiculing Florida’s universities for moving forward with tuition increases. The state college system, however, has ben more willing to follow Scott’s lead — and the governor Monday went to Miami Dade College’s north campus to announce a clean sweep of the four-year degree schools. ...