Fla. higher education task force 'brainstorming'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott's Florida Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform is in its "brainstorming" stage.

The panel met Thursday at St. Petersburg College to continue seeking comment from business people, parents, students, faculty members, administrators and others. The agenda included a session on "brainstorming" and evaluating recommendations.

Scott has made job creation the centerpiece of his administration. He appointed the task force to propose ways for making Florida's colleges and universities more efficient, transparent and accountable.

The panel is about halfway through its task. It is scheduled to present final recommendations to Scott on Oct. 30.

The Republican governor has been at odds with university officials and faculty on several key issues including tuition, course offerings and tenure.

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