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The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal year 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.
Damn thats a huge cut
Not guilty y'all got to feel me
Wow, that's bad.
My mom works for USF, and she is stressing. Not good at all.
I am hoping they can stop this before they vote on it.
Better they cut it from usf than fsu(which will also have large cuts).
Any Florida residents should contact their Senator and Representative about this. Not only is it damaging to USF, but what is to keep them from eventually doing this to FSU.
for education in Florida
I realize this statement verges on the political, but when a state has budget problems, ceasing to educate its own citizens is indeed a perilous solution.
The legislature thinks it can and should be made up for by tuition hikes. It isn't that easy. President Barron does a great job explaining why....if only I could articulate it succinctly.
It's not like there's another board to which you can be banished....everything goes in one place here on Unconquered.
I don't pretend to be an economist or financial whiz, but that would be terrible if it came to pass.
A UF grad Senator J.D. Alexander proposed the cuts. He has been at odds with USF with this polytech campus from the start. It should have never been in Polk County to begin with.
State Sen. JD Alexanders obsession to have the last word with USF now borders on legislative malfeasance, Joe Henderson writes.
I'm a USF St. Pete student
23,000 dolphins are killed every year in Japan. For pest control. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KRD8e20fBo
There needs to be budget cuts, but educational budget cuts should be the last cuts to be made.
Hasn't FSU been cut something like $100 million over the past 5 years or so? Could they survive another cut?
Laura continues with her march for another board. I like the persistence
That is terrible.. I agree that some cuts need to be made but education isn't the place to start.
Much as I adore the heathens over at tBB, I hate the gator blue background. I will persist.
All florida universities will be affected including fsu. I'm not sure why everyone is freaking about usf when fsu is facing a large cut as well. If cutting more from usf saves fsu some dollars then I'm all for it. This is an fsu board afterall!
This much money should be cut from any school. Not even FIU/FAU/UCF.
Yes, they are all going to feel the pain. But USF's cut is about 60% of their budget. UF and FSU will lose about 25%. I can't stand USF but they are getting screwed.
"The Senate's proposed budget would cut funding for USF's main campus in Tampa by 58 percent, or $104 million. By comparison, the University of Florida would be cut by 26 percent and Florida State University would be cut by 22 percent, according to a USF analysis. The bull's-eye on USF can be seen from all over Tampa Bay, and the university's board of trustees held an emergency meeting Monday night to sound the alarm and mobilize.
Here's another way to look at this indignity. In the Senate's proposed budget, USF calculates the state would spend $4,741 per student at the University of Florida and $5,470 per student at Florida State. A USF student would be worth half as much, $2,401. That's a fine way to treat a top-tier research university with more than 40,000 students."
This does not cut USFs budget by 60%, it cuts STATE FUNDING of the budget by 60%. The university is funded by a number of sources including state funding, tuition, endowment, etc. So only a portion of the billion dollar budget is cut by 60%, not the entire thing.
I do agree this is not a good idea, but it is just a proposal and in state government they usually make the proposals abnormally high because they know they will get whittled down during the legislative process.
Not our or fsu's problem. Let the usf people worry about it on a usf board. Where is the uproar for fsu's budget cuts? Where does your loyalty fall?
If usf fell off the face of the earth it wouldn't affect fsu one bit!
Yes, it would. Having high quality research universities in the state is good for Florida State. This has nothing to do with loyalty. USF is getting screwed, and some of us are acknowledging it.
No it doesn't help fsu to have other research schools splitting the grant and research pie. Less competition means more money for fsu. How do you not see that?
We are splitting research and grant funding regardless. You want your geographic area to have a good reputation for research to help with out of state funding to begin with. You think people get excited about approving grant applications in Mississippi? (said with some ignorance, I know nothing about Miss State, Ole Miss, etc., but do know the reputation of the state in general). I'll trust our president, thanks.
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