Universities and financial woes

Despite the fact that Governor Crist did sign the bill that allows the University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Southern Florida to raise their fees over the course of the next few years, the University of Florida has just announced that it will enact a hiring freeze for this next academic year.

This raise in fees will not raise enough money - particularly because the governor vetoed the bill that would have allowed a rather modest tuition increase for all the public universities in the state and because the legislature is giving the universities less money this year. UF is projecting a deficit of twenty to thirty million dollars.

This is a disappointing necessity for UF. FSU has put a cap on enrollment for the next year.

I'm wondering at what point the legislature and the governor will realize that the schools are serious about these things, too.

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