Florida

Ditching Fall Semester

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U. of Florida considers giving incoming students option of taking classes during spring and summer terms only — throughout their time at the university.

Grudge Match

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A conflict between the board and president at Daytona State College, in Florida, has caught the attention of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Now, after a faculty member complained that the board is overstepping its bounds and interfering with the college’s daily operations, the accreditor wants answers from the sparring parties.

'Organize Or Die' in Florida

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Three bills that are advancing in Florida’s statehouse are pushing faculty union leaders to ramp up organizing efforts this semester to stave off the extinction of several chapters.

One of the bills would require a majority of faculty members to officially join unions -- and it would decertify the unions if they did not cross that threshold. At many campuses, a majority of faculty are not members, and signing up would require them to have 1 percent of their salaries deducted for union dues.

Florida Bill Targets Community College Tenure

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Surprise legislation -- based on newly adopted measure for K-12 -- would bar institutions from awarding continuing or long-term contracts.

Threat to Tenure in Florida May Be Over

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After consulting with college presidents, key committee chair says he won't advance bill.

Double Take

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After already announcing plans to deal with the economic crisis, three of the nation's wealthiest universities are employing new strategies.

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