Board Weighs Creating 12th State University

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Board of Governors will consider the possibility of creating a 12th state university at its meeting in Boca Raton.

The board that oversees Florida’s state university system will discuss whether University of South Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland should become an independent institution. University officials will present a business plan Wednesday to the board’s strategic planning committee.

Proponents of the split say the new university would help stimulate economic growth in central Florida, while opponents say the timing is wrong because of the weak economy and cuts to education spending. They also say that more time is needed to study the issue.

The Board of Governors could vote on the split as early as Wednesday afternoon.

Source: Associated Press