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FAU could receive almost $7 million in state funding

The new state budget plan proposes money for university faculty recruitment, undergraduate research and graduate school improvement.

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FAU Boca Raton campus Administration Building. Tim Murphy | Contributing Photographer

FAU Boca Raton campus Administration Building. Tim Murphy | Contributing Photographer

FAU Boca Raton campus Administration Building. Tim Murphy | Contributing Photographer

Nate Nkumbu, Staff Writer

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FAU could be in line to receive a generous donation in state money after a new budget was introduced by the Florida Senate in Tallahassee on Thursday.

According to the Daily Commercial, all 12 institutions in Florida’s university system could collectively receive about $121 million in state money for “faculty recruitment and improvement for grad schools” as part of its new budget plan called SB 2500.

FAU would collect about $4.3 million to recruit highly rated professors and support more undergraduate research.

The budget plan introduces a performance-based system that evaluates and rewards schools based on recognition from national organizations like U.S. News & World Report and the college admission services company Princeton Review.       

The university would also receive about $2.25 million from the state for improvement of its graduate business and nursing programs.

The University of Florida would receive the majority of the state funding with $13.9 million and $13.3 million for its undergraduate and graduate programs respectively.

Senate President Joe Negron said that the money will be provided so that schools “can leverage to recruit and retain the very best faculty, enrich professional and graduate school strength and viability and bring aging infrastructure and research laboratories into the 21st Century.”     

According to the Daily Commercial, the budget will be reviewed by Governor Rick Scott, who has “threatened to veto all or parts of the spending plan.”

Nate Nkumbu is a staff writer for the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email nukumbu94@gmail.com or tweet him @FoureyedNate.       

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