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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Getting a foot in the door of one of the 11 state universities next year may be harder than ever this year.

Mark Rosenberg, chancellor of the State University System's Board of Governors, said in a televised interview that Florida's public universities would have to cut about 4 percent from their budgets.

Rosenberg was featured on "Florida Face to Face" on 14 different channels across the state from Aug. 18 to 21 to discuss the upcoming changes.

With application pools getting larger each year and enrollment freezes at most state universities, universities are growing more selective, Rosenberg said in the interview.

He added that graduation rates are stagnating,.

"Students can get into the State University System, but they can't get out," he said. "Our initiatives are increasingly going to focus upon graduation rates - getting students in, getting them out."

Rosenberg suggested that higher performance standards for Bright Futures, raising tuition and a freshman enrollment freeze could be possible solutions that would benefit the system.

"I think change is in the air - no question about it."

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