The fight to save New College is on

From Florida Politics.  com, February 19, 2020

New College of Florida President Donal O’Shea two weeks ago focused on global education trends, not dealings within the Legislature.

Then last Monday afternoon, he heard about a proposal to merge New College into Florida State University and Florida Polytechnic University into the University of Florida.

“No one outside of a small group in the House knew anything about this. As best we can tell, it was drafted without knowledge or input from any of the affected universities or members of the Board of Governors,” he said.

Within 24 hours, Florida Politics reported the bombshell, and the college president began fielding nonstop calls from students, trustees and stakeholders about a radical proposal, which no one from the college had any hand in forming.

This week, O’Shea left the Sarasota campus for Tallahassee, talking to as many lawmakers as he could about an idea that has inspired broad rebuke within the immediate community.

Read the entire article 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 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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