Panel finalizes Fla. higher education proposals

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott's higher education task force has finalized its recommendations.

The seven-member panel Tuesday unanimously agreed on proposals that include charging different tuition according to the type of degree a student is seeking.

The idea is to use lower tuition rates to encourage students to enroll in programs that lead to high-wage, high-skill and high-demand jobs.

The Blue Ribbon Task force on State Higher Education Reform also recommended that "preeminent universities" be allowed to charge higher rates.

Other recommendations would give the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida's 12 public universities, more budgeting authority and a stronger role in hiring university presidents.

Scott and the panel's chairman, Dale Brill, are scheduled to appear before the board on Wednesday to discuss their ideas for revamping higher education.

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