Florida Ponders Opening an Online-Only Public University

Florida is considering creating a new state university, just months after Gov. Rick Scott defied the university system’s board by signing legislation to turn a satellite campus into the state’s 12th public university. Under the new proposal, the board itself would oversee the planned 13th university, which would have neither a campus quad nor a football team. The potential campus would be entirely online.

This past July, the system’s Board of Governors hired a consulting firm to determine the feasibility of creating “OnlineU.”

An online university is not the only option being explored, says Frank T. Brogan, the system’s chancellor. The consulting group, Parthenon, will also consider the possibility of building a systemwide “portal” for universities to offer existing online courses to students on other campuses in the system. Such offerings are now available only to students enrolled at the university where the course originates.

The complete story is available on the Chronicle website.  What are your thoughts?

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About karlakmetz

Karla is an Instructional Designer at Instructional Media Services and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Education at USFSP. She is currently earning her PhD in Instructional Technology at USF. With 7 years of experience in Education and Accessible Technologies, her professional interests include Universal Design for Higher Education and the Accessibility of Online Courses. Current projects include research on the benefits of closed captioning in online courses to all students.

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