COVID reopening plan caps a tumultuous year for New College of Florida

From Florida Phoenix, June 24, 2020

New College of Florida, in Sarasota, had its fair share of challenges this year — fighting off a merger with the University of Florida, lagging enrollment, and then the COVID-19 crisis.

At least a couple of those problems are being dealt with, if not surmounted entirely. The merger proposal failed in the Legislature, and New College’s plan to reopen its campus in the fall has won the endorsement from the university system’s Board of Governors.

“We had some challenges this year. Leadership issues in enrollment management significantly impacted our ability to increase our enrollment to the degree we had hoped,” Felice Schulaner, chair of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees, said in a letter to the board.

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Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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