Rick Scott's Task Force Thinks College Students Should Pay More For English Degrees Than Engineering

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Florida may be taking the first step in significantly altering the way tuition is calculated at public colleges. A task force created by Gov. Rick Scott has come up with a novel idea: charging more tuition to students who are pursuing liberal arts degrees like English and political science than those pursuing science and technology degrees.

The state task force has asked that over the next three years there be no increase in tuition for students getting degrees in the jobs most needed by Florida's economy. Most of those jobs are in the STEM majors: those related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Though, to cover the lost tuition income, students getting degrees with lower job demands would pay more. According to The Sun-Sentinel, those majors could include psychology, political science, anthropology, and the performing arts.

However, as one student who talked to Sentinel points out, students pursuing those degrees also are more likely to make less money than those in STEM majors.

STEM programs also cost more money to administer. They require all those state-of-the-art computer and science things. An English degree just requires a few books and your imagination!

However, before the plan goes into effect, it would have to be approved by the Board of Governors, and details involving things like Bright Futures scholarships and the prepaid tuition program would have to be figured out.

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TooOlduvai
TooOlduvai

At least with more science degrees, the right wing would no longer be able to argue against the reality of anthropogenic climate change and evolution. 

James Stewart
James Stewart

It's not ''rick scott''.. charlie.. it's.. ''criminal scott''... but.. good point !!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

the College degree scam The Education Complex has created this stigma that somehow you are lacking if you don't have a college degree. If everyone has a college degree, then by definition that degree is devalued and not worth the paper it is written on. This is evident by the fact the many organizations are requiring a master degree to be eligible for management. I find this offensive. It is obviously in their own self interest to perpetuate this myth.Now that everyone believes this myth, they tell you that if you take out a $50,000 easy government loan and be a slave to the payments for the rest of your life you will have a good job and be fulfilled.Right, while you end up living with your parents because you can't find a job. If you were poor you are now poor and in debt up to your neck. Many will be in debt for most of their lives with no value from their worthless degree a college degree does not guarantee a job

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

My friend has a PhD in French Poetry and she has been on unemployment for as long as I've know her. I can't imagine why.

ezradv
ezradv

I remember going to University of California San Diego and they were thinking of opening a law school there and the Chancellor blocked it saying "The last thing California needs is more lawyers.  This is not a good use of taxpayer money".  This kinda seems the same.

Charlie Greer
Charlie Greer

says, "Rick Scott makes zero sense, unless you have a heavy investment in 'private' medical clinics".

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

It makes as much sense as taxes as deterrents. In his mind, this is essentially a tax on degrees with lower professional demand.

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