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New panel to focus on Florida higher ed. access

8:24 PM, May 16, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The chairman of the Board of Governors is adding to a growing list of panels that are examining higher education in Florida.

Dean Colson announced Wednesday that his new commission will focus on access and degree attainment. Colson is giving the panel a year to present its findings to the board, which oversees Florida's 11 - soon to be 12 - state universities.

The commission's task is to recommend ways the state can achieve the board's goal of increasing Florida's production of four-year degrees from 53,000 to 90,000 each year by 2025.

In a letter to board members, Colson acknowledged that some may question the need for another group studying higher education. Colson says it would complement Gov. Rick Scott's new higher education task force and other panels.

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