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Virtual University Proposed for Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s next university may not have a football stadium, dormitories or even classrooms.

It would be a virtual university offering only online classes.

State House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford on Thursday asked the Board of Governors to look into that idea.

The board oversees the state’s current 11 public universities, which already offer some courses online.

The Wesley Chapel Republican said he merely wants to get a conversation started.

Board chairman Dean Colson said it’s an idea worth exploring.

But it’s not a new idea. The nonprofit Western Governors University was founded by 19 governors in 1995 as an online-only institution.

Weatherford, though, said he envisions a bigger and broader virtual university for Florida.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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