Sarasota and Manatee college leaders discuss the future of higher education

From Herald Tribune, January 18, 2020

Leaders from the area’s four higher education institutions met on Saturday to talk about what college will look like in the year 2035.

The cost of college, the future of K-12 education and more collaboration between Sarasota and Manatee’s four institutions of higher learning were among the topics discussed at the first symposium of the “Sarasota Institute” held on Saturday at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.

SCF President Carol Probstfeld, New College of Florida President Donal O’Shea, Ringling College of Art and Design President Larry Thompson and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Karen Holbrook held a wide-ranging discussion on what higher education will look like in the year 2035.

The event was billed as a “21st Century Think Tank.”

Read more 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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