Florida may raise tuition for non-STEM majors

Florida wants more engineers and scientists. Would-be poets, actors and anthropologists? Not so much. A state task force has recommended lowering university tuition for STEM majors while charging more in humanities and social sciences, reports the Sun Sentinel.

It usually costs more to offer science and engineering classes, but it’s worth it, says Dale Brill, who chaired the task force for Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida used to pay 75 percent of the cost of educating students in public colleges and universities, but that’s dropped to less than 50 percent in recent years because of the weak economy, reports the Sun Sentinel.

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  1. Florida resident says:

    I suspect it will not pass due to well-known
    “disparate impact” effect.
    Respectfully, F.r.

  2. Discounting study in areas which return more to society!  What next, granting student loans based on likely ability to repay?

  3. It’ll never pass. For a significant portion of the right-wing base, science is anathema. Paul Broun: “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” Broun (again): “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.” Richard Mourdock: “We are basing our energy policy on the greatest hoax of all time, which is that mankind is changing the climate.” Todd Akin: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” It is this ideology that slows our national progress in STEM.

    • I don’t believe you will find that the right-wingers are devoted to the destruction of teaching of the basic facts of mathematics, chemistry and so forth which underlie all fields of STEM study.

      “Discovery learning” and just about every other touchy-feely “progressive’ system does.

      • Florida resident says:

        Dear E.-P. !
        Here is a good example of teaching the impossibility of motion with super-luminal speed:

        There once was a young lady named bright
        Whose speed was much faster than light
        She set out one day
        In a relative way
        And returned on the previous night.
        – Anonymous

        Your truly, F.r.

  4. Florida resident says:

    Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,
    Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.