From Email Sent from the Office of the University President:
Thanks to many messages to legislators supporting The Florida State University, I am pleased to inform you that SB 2442 has been amended and improved. The term "flagship" has been removed, and all of the bill's criteria now apply to all Florida universities with the highest Carnegie classification — Research University (Very High Research Activity) — as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the national organization charged with classifying universities. The Florida State University is a Research University (Very High Research Activity), as are the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. All three would qualify for the operational flexibility and benefits contained in SB 2442. We appreciate the outpouring of support that led to this change, which expands the bill and helps encourage all of Florida's public universities to aspire to the highest research category. We have a long way to go in the legislative process, but we will be vigilant in monitoring the bill's progress and we will keep you updated as the bill progresses. Please continue to keep pressure on your legislators to keep the bill in its present form.
Again, thank you for your assistance.
President, The Florida State University
So, it appears that we can rest easy for a little while, before this whole political charade is played out again (when it goes to the floor?). I still can't get over the fact that they had the temerity to imply that the rest of the Universities were holding them back from being "an internationally recognized research institution."