Florida Atlantic University has struggled recently with low graduation rates. To improve these numbers, the school is starting the JumpStart program, a college boot camp for students who might look like risky bets for graduating.
JumpStart grants students a conditional acceptance. They take two or three regular courses, and those who do well are officially accepted into the school.
Those who don’t make the grade get the experience, and their less-than-stellar GPA doesn’t follow them or FAU around.
Florida universities are revising policies that deal with cases of rape after a federal investigation of 55 schools nationwide revealed assaults were either underreported or not investigated thoroughly.
Only one school in Florida was part of the investigation, but the U.S Department of Education asked state universities to make some policy changes.
Florida Atlantic University is one of the schools with the least amount of reported sexual assaults. This is out of 33 reported cases from last year.
The school year may be over, but the next chapter in public education begins in less than three months: Common Core State Standards.
However, Florida public school kids won’t follow Common Core, at least not in name. The state legislature this spring eliminated references to Common Core from state education policy. Still, the principles of Common Core remain: more rigorous education standards to better prepare students for college and careers.
There are questions about whether a conservative political group has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school's academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own agendas too much influence in the classroom. NPR's Greg Allen reports:
The percentage of Florida third graders passing the state's FCAT math and reading exams did not improve this year -- remaining largely flat for the past three years -- according to initial test results released Friday.
Fifty-seven percent of third graders scored at least a 3, the state's passing score, on the reading test. On the math exam, 58 percent of third graders scored a least a 3.
Writing scores were mixed. A higher percentage of eighth and tenth graders passed the writing exam this year. But fewer fourth graders passed the exam.