Virtual University Proposed for Florida

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.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

Kids Rock Science presented by Tampa Bay Water - A STEM Event at MOSIClick here to inquire about becoming our STEM sponsor!
Gasparilla 2017: Invasion, Pirates, Parade & Parking By The NumbersAs the January 28th, 2017 Gasparilla Pirate Festival nears, the pirates are preparing for one crazy invasion. Here is a look at this year's festival by the numbers.

Listen Live