Florida Board of Governors joins lawsuit so they can control tuition hikes

07/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
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The board that governs Florida's public universities decided yesterday to increase undergraduate tuition by up to 5 percent next spring and freeze freshman enrollment starting in fall 2008.

The freeze at Florida's 11 universities is a response to state-ordered budget cuts and what the state Board of Governors thinks is historically inadequate funding. But the big news yesterday out of Orlando was that the Board of Governors had joined with former Senator Bob Graham’s lawsuit that challenges the state legislature’s ability to raise tuition. Mark Rosenberg is the Chancellor of the Florida Board of Governors. He said the Board was established when well over 2 million Floridians voted for its existence in 2002, and its time to let it begin doing its job (roll tape#1 o.q. “decision was about yesterday”)

The Board of Governors on Tuesday also instituted a three-year freeze on freshmen enrollment at the funded level, meaning they will not increase the number of freshmen admitted to public universities. Chancellor Mark Rosenberg describes what that actually means (roll tape#2 o.q.” for our state universities”)

That’s Mark Rosenberg. He’s the Chancellor of the Florida board of Governors, which oversees the state University System. That includes 11 institutions and 300,000 students.

Senate President Ken Pruitt said he was disappointed with the board's decision and promises a court battle.

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