UF, FSU meet criteria for special designation
Two of Florida's established universities are being officially designated as the state's pre-eminent research universities.
The Florida Board of Governors voted Monday to give the title to both the University of Florida and Florida State University. The decision not only brings a bit of extra prestige, but it also means millions in additional dollars from the Florida legislature.
UF, which is based in Gainesville, met 12 of the 12 standards used for the designation. FSU, which is based in Tallahassee, met 11.
The standards include such criteria as spending on research, six-year graduation rates, the number of doctoral degrees awarded and the number of patents awarded.
UF's designation also earns the university the right to set up a program in which the school will offer four-year degrees completely online.
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