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UF and FSU Soar, Both Ranked among the 20 Best Public Universities in the Nation

September 9, 2019 - 3:15pm

Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, released Monday a congratulatory statement to the University of Florida (UF) and Florida State University (FSU) for their latest achievement, both placing on the top-20 public universities list in the U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges 2020” guidebook. UF is ranked No. 7, while FSU is ranked No. 18. 

Monday's announcement marks the first time FSU has ranked among the top 25 national public universities.

U.S. News & World Report is acknowledged as the global authority in education rankings.

Florida State University“I am proud to congratulate the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Florida for their ranking as a top-10 public university for the third consecutive year. Additionally, I am pleased to commend the students, faculty, and staff of Florida State University for not only meeting, but well-exceeding their goal of becoming a top 25 public university.

“In particular, I am pleased to applaud my friend, FSU President John Thrasher, on this tremendous accomplishment. President Thrasher’s steadfast vision for FSU, from his service as speaker of the House to his years as chair of the FSU Board of Trustees to his terms in the Florida Senate, demonstrates that he has been a lifelong champion for FSU. Today’s announcement is certainly a testament to his enduring commitment to this great university.

“The vision of two top-25 public universities in our state has been a common goal of university leadership, the Florida Legislature and the State University System Board of Governors for many years. In particular, Senate President Joe Negron made the elevation of our state university system a primary focus of his term as Senate president. 

"I was honored to sponsor Senate Bill 4 in 2018, which solidified President Negron’s vision for historic investments in need-based and merit-based student financial aid, as well as significant funding and policy enhancements that give the universities tools they need to better serve students and increase accountability to taxpayers.

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Concluded Galvano, “As we move ahead to the 2020 session, I look forward to working with my colleagues and our partners in both the State University System and our Florida College System to ensure we keep Florida’s higher education system among the top in the nation across all measures, from access, to affordability, to on-time graduation, to job placement in the important occupations needed in our growing communities.”

Sen. Rick Scott released his own statement commending Florida’s public universities on their improvement, also tipping his hat to the University of South Florida which came in at  No. 44 in U.S. News & World Report's rankings.

Said Scott, “For three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has rated Florida’s higher education system as the best in the nation, and I want to thank our universities and our students for continuing this success. 

"Florida has experienced a 9.5 percent increase in its college graduation rate over the last five years," said Scott, Florida's former governor, "and our public universities, especially the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of South Florida, continue to score impressive ratings every year. 

"We worked hard in Florida to provide our students with a world-class education that leads to a good-paying job at a price they can afford, and today’s rankings show Florida continues to be a leader in higher education. I look forward to working in the Senate to share Florida’s success with the nation and to make education more affordable for all families.”

 

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The University of South Florida is 44th on that list — 14 spots higher than last year and up significantly from 2015, when it was No. 88. “No one has greater trajectory than USF,” university president Steve Currall said in an interview Monday. “That’s what we’re focused on.” USF ranked 11th — higher than any other Florida school — on another list by U.S. News that measures “social mobility,” or an institution’s ability to enroll, retain and graduate low-income students who receive federal Pell Grants. USF was Florida’s top institution on a list for “best value schools," at No. 60.

So proud of our Gators. Sure bolsters my girls STEM degrees!! Grandsons coming up UF bound

A large amount of credit for these rankings, due to strategic level funding, goes to former Governor and now, Senator Scott. GO GATORS! Go do great things!

Go Gators!

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