Senator Harrell, District 25 — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2016
President-Designate Negron to Embark On State University System Listening Tour
Incoming Senate President to Hear from Students, Faculty and Administrators at all State Universities
Senate President-Designate Joe Negron (R-Stuart) today announced plans to embark on a 4-day listening tour of Florida’s State University System. President-Designate Negron has invited his Senate colleagues to join him as he travels the state to hear directly from students, faculty and administrators at each of Florida’s 12 state universities.
“While the formal committee process affords Senators the opportunity to hear from certain stakeholders, there is no way to replace the experience of visiting a university and listening to students, faculty and administrators,” said President-Designate Negron.
“As Florida continues to recover from the recent recession, the Senate has supported the establishment and continued increase of performance funding to reward universities that link affordable, rigorous education programs with private sector employment. We also established stringent criteria for preeminent universities whose research expenditures and academic standards, particularly for graduate study, have earned well-respected national rankings. We set aside significant funding for emerging preeminent universities to support Florida institutions that are working to achieve preeminent status. Our state has also awarded more than 700 Benacquisto Scholarships to National Merit Scholars who have chosen to study in Florida,” continued President-Designate Negron. “These budget and policy enhancements reflect the Senate’s strong commitment to ensuring Florida’s State University System has the resources to graduate students who are equipped to compete and lead in a global economy. However, if Florida is going to be home to several national elite destination universities, we still have much work to do.”
“Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to discuss with fellow Senators my goal of making Florida’s good universities great. My colleagues share this goal. We look forward to making our State University System a focus of the next two years, and this listening tour will provide important insight for future legislative action,” said President-Designate Negron.
President-Designate Negron’s State University System Listening Tour will begin Monday, April 18, and conclude on Thursday, April 21. Each stop will include: (1) A tour of a program or college that signifies a distinguished area of higher education or a center of academic or career placement excellence at each public university; (2) An interactive discussion with presidents and university representatives on specific goals and how the Legislature can help achieve those goals; and (3) A discussion with students about their public university experience.
The tour schedule is below. Meetings are open to the public and formal meeting notices with additional information will follow in the coming days.
STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM LISTENING TOUR
MONDAY, APRIL 18TH
University of West Florida (Pensacola)
Florida State University (Tallahassee)
Florida A&M University (Tallahassee)
TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH
University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
University of Florida (Gainesville)
University of Central Florida (Orlando)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH
Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland)
University of South Florida (Tampa)
New College of Florida (Sarasota)
THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST
Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers)
Florida International University (Miami)
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)
# # #