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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Board of Governors approves market-rate tuition for master's program, dental expansion proposal not passed

UF administrators experienced success and frustration during the Board of Governors meeting Thursday in Boca Raton.

Market-rate tuition for three new online master's programs was approved in a committee meeting Wednesday and passed by the Board on Thursday.

Although the concept of a collaborative effort with Florida A&M University to expand UF's dental school was approved, the Board did not pass the proposal.

Citing that the proposal was too costly, the Board asked President Bernie Machen and FAMU President James Ammons to seek private funding from local sources to offset the expansion.

"I was disappointed with FAMU — and I have a great respect for President Ammons — that he has not already been in touch with the leaders of the cities and the counties," said Board member Frank Martin. "I think they could be a huge help for this program."

Despite not passing the proposal, the Board encouraged UF and FAMU to return in January with a plan that would be less costly for the state. Machen said UF administrators will see what can be done about a new financial plan for the collaborative dental program, but reducing costs will be difficult.

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