During this week’s parade of university presidents in front of the Education Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, several of the presidents expressed serious reservations or outright objections to the proposal by FSU President Eric Barron and UF President Bernie Machen to raise tuition for STEM majors. Reservations were expressed by UCF President John Hitt (from the Orlando Sentinel) and USF President Judy Genshaft (from the Tampa Bay Times). But FAMU President James Ammons, FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and FIU President Mark Rosenberg openly objected to the idea (from the Palm Beach Post).
This evening, the Palm Beach Post published a strongly worded editorial arguing that the idea of higher tuition for STEM degrees is “not fair” and a “bad idea”.
All of which leaves us back where we started: How are we going to find money for the facilities, equipment, faculty and staff to teach more students well in the science and engineering fields? It certainly doesn’t appear that more money is forthcoming from the state.