Florida honors university receives failing state grade

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

It has been ranked in the top five best value liberal arts colleges and one of the best public liberal arts universities by well-respected college ranking institutions. But a new performance ranking system in Florida for public universities may mean New College of Florida (NCF) will miss out on millions of dollars of state funding because it ranks low by the new criteria.

Located in Sarasota, Fla., New College is a small liberal arts university that focuses on independent research and collaboration rather than credit hours and GPAs. It is designated by the Florida legislature as the state’s honors liberal arts college.

However, a new Florida state funding system focuses on a university’s ability to prepare its students for the workforce, and New College is failing that grade. It is one of three state schools that fell below the required standards and will not receive any of the $100 million the state is allocating to public universities. The other two are the University of West Florida in Pensacola and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

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