FSU in Princeton Review Top Five: Will Legislature Kill Florida’s Universities?

9 01 2009

By Kartik Krishnaiyer

The state of Florida got a pleasant boost yesterday thanks to its University system. I’m not talking about events on the football field but the Princeton Review’s annual list of top college buys which was released publicly. Both New College and Florida State University were ranked in the top 5 of best public school buys, the first time two Florida schools had been ranked in the top 10, let alone the top 5. The University of Central Florida also made the top 100, while Rollins College was in the Top 100 private schools. Interestingly, the University of Florida and the University of Miami who are consistently ranked as the top two schools in Florida by US News and World Report were both absent from the lists. The US News survey factors in alumni donations, something that is controversial and tends the skew the rankings, particularly towards those two schools versus other schools in Florida.

Normally this sort of news would make those of us who promote this state’s education credentials shout through the roof. But not this year. The Legislature has continued raise tuition whenever it feels the budget pinch. Florida’s public universities have become less and less affordable for the average Floridan, while it has also become increasingly difficult for High School seniors to be admitted to Florida’s top two public Universities (perception wise, not according to this survey), Florida State University, and the University of Florida.

The Florida Voice will be covering the tuition battle and Florida’s struggles with funding Higher Education in the upcoming weeks. For now the state can pat itself on the back but if the recent trend in tuition hikes continues, this Princeton Review survey will be once in a lifetime publicity boost for the state.

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9 01 2009
Caribou Barbie

I like CFO Sink’s idea of putting a need based requirement to Bright Futures. There are too many kids of wealthy parents who receive this award (I won’t get into a discussion on how Bright Futures is unfair to lower economic groups) who don’t need help paying state tuition. Let those parents write a check so that your average middle class family can afford to send their kids to college.

9 01 2009
J.V.R.

Aren’t we getting a bit negative?

Despite all the tuition hikes already FSU was the #5 best value for education in the country among publicly funded schools. New College was #2. In other words tuition may be going up but its not nearly as bad as it is in other states so quit whining. Besides we have to pay to maintain the colleges somehow.

I thought you guys wanted more state revenue. Raising tuition is necessary.

9 01 2009
kkfla737

Aren’t we getting a bit negative?

Despite all the tuition hikes already FSU was the #5 best value for education in the country among publicly funded schools. New College was #2. In other words tuition may be going up but its not nearly as bad as it is in other states so quit whining. Besides we have to pay to maintain the colleges somehow.

I thought you guys wanted more state revenue. Raising tuition is necessary.

Tuition hikes instead of real tax reform is irresponsible. Tuition hikes hit those least capable of paying in many cases. The tuition hikes recently have all come after massive statewide tax cuts on intangibles items and property owners. At the same time the sales tax which is regressive has remained the same.

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