December 21, 2012 – History professors at the University of Florida are responding to the state’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform with an online petition. One of the Task Force’s recommendations is to charge students differential tuition rates. "High-skill, high-wage, high-demand" majors, selected by the legislature, would see tuition rates freeze for three years. Other majors would see tuition rates rise. The petition opposes the task force’s recommendations and calls on Governor Rick Scott to incorporate faculty input into reforms to the state university system.
The petition is available on the Change.org website.
Florida Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform, Final Report, November 6, 2012
Florida Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform, Website
Should Science Majors Pay Less for College Than Art Majors? (The Atlantic)
Pricing Out the Humanities (Inside Higher Ed)
More STEM Majors Won’t Solve Higher Education’s Problems (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Historians React to Proposal from Florida Task Force on State Higher Education Reform (AHA Today)
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]