From the Editor: Keep New College Independent

From Sarasota Magazine, February 25, 2020

From the Editor: Keep New College Independent

I’m a New College of Florida alum and New College Foundation board member, and like everyone else in the New College family, I was shocked two weeks ago to learn that a Florida lawmaker had filed a bill (HB 7087) to merge two independent colleges—New College and Florida Polytechnic University—with two of the state’s huge universities. The original proposal put Polytechnic under the University of Florida and New College under Florida State University. For some reason last Friday, the bill was amended to ditch FSU and put New College under UF instead.

The logic for the consolidation, according to bill sponsor State Rep. Randy Fine, is that New College and Florida Polytechnic University cost too much per pupil compared to the other 10 universities in the state system.

I have great respect for elected officials watching out for our tax dollars, but I’m puzzled by this proposed shotgun wedding for New College, and I urge our lawmakers to slow down and rethink the reasoning.

Read the entire editorial here.



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 800 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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