Governor Scott: Report highlights importance of holding the line on tuition

Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement on the joint American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and James Madison Institute’s (JMI) report on the Florida’s State University System. In its report, Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State available here, ACTA and JMI provide critical statistics on the impact rising tuition has on Florida’s families.

Governor Scott said, “Higher education in Florida should be affordable so it is accessible to as many Florida families as possible. The increase in tuition and fees have demanded an increasing percentage of Florida’s household income and saddled many Florida graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in debt. I strongly agree with the final report recommendation calling for the university system to continue to hold the line on tuition. I will also continue to veto any tuition increase proposed by the Florida legislature. ”

The reports notes Florida’s high potential to be a model for other states. “Florida has a favorable position as a national leader in low tuition and fees; this advantage for its citizens deserves to be maintained. University boards of trustees should continue to restrain the growth in tuition and fees in order to provide good value for college students,” the report states.

About the Report: Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine state is the 11th state report compiled by ACTA. These reports examine key areas of public interest in state university systems.

About American Council of Trustees and Alumni: The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent non-profit dedicated to academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1995, ACTA has counseled boards, educated the public, and published reports about such issues as good governance, historical literacy, core curricula, the free exchange of ideas, and accreditation. ACTA has previously published Best Laid Plans: The Unfulfilled Promise of Public Higher Education in California; The Diffusion of Light and Education: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Education in Virginia; Prepared in Mind and Resources?: A Report on Public Higher Education in South Carolina; Made in Maine: A State Report Card on Public Higher Education; and Here We Have Idaho: A State Report Card on Public Higher Education, among other state-focused reports.

About the James Madison Institute:

The James Madison Institute is a Florida-based research and educational organization engaged in the battle of ideas. The mission of The James Madison Institute (JMI) is to keep the citizens of Florida informed about their government and to shape the state’s future through the advancement of practical free-market ideas on public policy issues. The Institute achieves its mission through research, conferences and seminars, and a variety of publications.



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