|Rep. Ramon Alexander, Rep. Ray Wesley Rodrigues, Rep. Larry Ahern, and Rep. Mel Ponder|
The revisions are now part of HB 423, which Rodrigues is sponsoring. The bill received a favorable vote from the Post-Secondary Subcommittee on January 17th with a committee substitution. Last week, the bill also received a favorable vote from the Higher Education Subcommittee on February 6th. Ahern is the subcommittee chair, Ponder is the vice-chair, and Alexander is a member.
“Each university will compete against its own past performance” instead of against other SUS schools
Back in December, Alexander discussed PBF during a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Facebook Live. He said that it isn’t right to compare State University System of Florida (SUS) schools with different sizes and missions against each other for PBF.
“When you look at the University of Florida, 90 percent of their students are on Bright Futures. At FAMU, 87 percent of our students are on need-based aid,” Alexander said.
He added: “To compare the University of North Florida to the University of Florida, you have more of a regional institution, than a university that has depth in research, is not fair.”