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Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami Dade College’s reassembled presidential search committee will hold its first meeting next week, with plans to begin reviewing applications for Eduardo Padrón’s successor in late March.

The committee is moving forward with a vaguer picture of what the next president will look like. A presidential profile approved by the college’s board of trustees states a terminal degree — the highest academic credential available in one’s field — is preferred.

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A team of researchers led by the University of Central Florida has been awarded a $3.4 million grant to develop a program to help home-buyers evaluate potential property risks from natural disasters.

The research team will use the grant to gather data, analyze it, and create a “Hazard Score” for every community, county, and state in the gulf region.

The next phase of the project aims to make their findings more publicly accessible by offering it through an easy-to-use app and websites such as Zillow and Trulia.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Last year, the University of Florida announced it would spend $17 million trying to solve some of society's biggest problems through new approaches. One of the winning "moonshot" proposals aims to put a scientist in every Florida school — at least for a visit once a year.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Full-time faculty members at the public college in the Florida Keys plan to unionize, a move that follows a statewide trend.

More than 70 percent of the roughly 30 full-time professors at the College of the Florida Keys submitted cards to the Florida Public Employee Relations Commission on Thursday announcing their intention to form a union, according to organizers. The school recently changed its name from Florida Keys Community College.

Another round of federal criminal charges has hit the plea deal holdouts in the Varsity Blues college admissions bribery scandal that broke earlier this year.

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More than 30 percent of undergraduate women at the University of Florida have experienced nonconsensual sexual contact since enrolling at the school, a new survey found.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

A recently published Florida International University study found that weighted vests and stability balls are not effective in helping elementary-aged children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder focus in class, although teachers and school-based occupational therapists commonly use these tools.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Starting with next fall's freshman class, the University of Miami will take steps to meet the financial need of all admitted undergraduate students who live in Florida, with the exception of immigrants who are not here legally.

The school's new plan, called "UM Within Reach," guarantees meeting the "demonstrated financial need" of admitted Floridians who are eligible for federal aid — meaning, they're U.S. citizens. The plan would also apply to all students who are accepted through the early admission program, which is binding.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

About 75 adjunct faculty at Broward College and their supporters rallied Tuesday at the college’s south campus in Pembroke Pines, shouting “We don’t want your hunger games, workers want a living wage.”

The part-time professors are also demanding access to some form of health care, Social Security benefits and more job security – rather than getting contracted from one semester to the next.

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For a decade, Florida International University art professor John Bailly has watched his students discover other countries.

Bailly leads the FIU Honors College study abroad program, and spends a few months of each year showing students around Europe.

"If you're a full time student, about $2,400 a year."

"Roughly, $3,400 a semester."

"All in, it's about $50,000."

That’s just the range of tuition across three schools in South Florida — Broward College, Florida International University and the University of Miami — as described by their leaders.

 

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The chair of Miami Dade College's board of trustees has a message for people who attend the next meeting: Behave.

Bernie Navarro released a statement ahead of Thursday morning's meeting at the college's Wolfson campus in downtown Miami asking community members to "maintain professionalism, decorum and protocol."

"Civility is paramount to making progress on the issues facing Miami Dade College, an institution we all cherish and highly respect," Navarro said.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Tony Varona immigrated to the United States from Cuba as a small child. Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, he was the only person in his family who spoke English.

“I was called upon to be the family translator and to be the family representative. Whenever anybody needed to go to the immigration office or the Social Security office, I went with them,” he said. “That experience taught me about advocacy.”

Varona also navigated what he called the 'challenging task' of coming out as gay as a working-class Cuban immigrant in Newark.

Jennifer King / Miami Herald

Miami Dade College’s faculty union is leading a lawsuit against the board of trustees after a new majority of members recently appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis voted to scrap a months-long search for the institution's next president.

Sam Turken / WLRN

The City of Miami is funding a new scholarship at Miami Dade College that honors the school’s outgoing president Eduardo Padrón by helping students finish their degrees.

The Eduardo J. Padrón Completion Scholarship Fund will provide 50 students with $1,000 each to support their tuition and other fees. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says it will preserve Padrón’s legacy of addressing inequality and giving students education opportunities.

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