USF faculty union president warns of consequences of rush to create new university in Polk County02/14/12 Robert Lorei
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In Tallahassee two unexpected proposals from the past week are posing challenges to the University of South Florida in Tampa. The first was unveiled a week ago in the state Senate--- it was a bill to immediately create Florida Polytechnic University - a new, completely independent school in Lakeland. The University would separate from USF and the new entity would assume control of all the assets. It would hire a brand new faculty and so far- thereâ€™s no definitive word on what this new university would cost Floridaâ€™s taxpayers.
The second bombshell came ate Friday when the Senate Budget committee in Tallahassee released a plan calling for 79 million dollars in cuts from USF in the coming fiscal year. The 11 member state university system would see a total of 400 million dollars in cutsâ€”USF would take one fifth of the cuts statewide.
The USF Board of Trustees met last night in an emergency session last night to discuss the proposed cuts. A packed room of 250 people showed up to strategize on how to defend the university from the state senate.
The two proposals- one for the immediate creation of a Polytechnic University in Polk County and the cuts to USF in Tampa are inter-twined.
First up today weâ€™ll talk with Paul Terry who is the United faculty of Florida President at USF Polytech in Lakeland.