FAU President’s blog responds to immigration order: We stand together

Kelly at a presentation in 2015. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Kelly at a presentation in 2015. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Atlantic University wants its students and staff to know it’s keeping an eye on President Trump’s executive order that temporarily bars entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.

FAU President John Kelly’s  Office of the President blog  posted this Tuesday:

Every day at FAU we enjoy a diverse culture that comes from the fact that students from more than 180 countries attend our university. We also enjoy a diverse faculty and staff.

Last Friday, President Trump issued an Executive Order regarding immigration that may affect members of the university community. This issue remains fluid and we are closely monitoring the situation.

You can read the most recent available information if you  click here . We will update the information as it becomes available.

Additional information is available at the  Center for Global Engagement  and at FAU’s  Counseling and Psychological Services  and  Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs .

The environment of diversity and inclusion we have cultivated across our six campuses is one of the most unique and wonderful aspects about FAU. We stand together in celebration of our differences, and we value every member of our faculty, staff and student body.

Florida test scores, end of course exam results due this week

cap-and-diploma-533027-mSchool may be out for summer, but final grades for most high schoolers are not. They can’t be calculated until the scores come back on Florida’s various end-of-course exams, which by law must account for 30 percent of a course grade.

The courses:  Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Biology, U.S. History and Civics.

By law, those scores (and the Florida Standards Assessment results) are supposed to be released this week – the week of June 8.

Some have expressed concern for some of the more than 12,000 students who graduated in recent weeks. Right now, their transcripts are stamped “unofficial.” Are they able to proceed to college courses this summer without a final grade?

Palm Beach State College spokeswoman Grace Truman says they can at PBSC.

“We give them an override for two semesters because they can enroll now for the fall as well,” Truman said. “We don’t wait for them to have it in hand. In the past, we’d make them wait until Summer B (the second session of summer classes), but we don’t even do that now.”

Truman said PBSC, which began summer classes May 16, counts nearly 21,000 students enrolled this summer, a four percent growth over last year. That is contrary to what she said was a statewide trend of lower enrollments.

Florida Atlantic University officials say they too are OK with graduates enrolling in summer with unofficial transcripts.

Is there a statewide policy for the institutions in the state university system? No. Each university is handling it locally. “Our feedback from the universities admissions directors is that this is not an issue – they work with the student,” a spokeswoman from the State University System of Florida said in an email Thursday morning.

UFFSU or FSUUF? A foolish merger would land students in Perry

mergedAs a lifelong Seminole fan who spent my freshman year in Tallahassee only to became a Gator graduate and editor of The Independent Florida Alligator … I just gotta say this cracks me up. And thank goodness I graduated before we all had to move to Perry ; )

Full disclosure: Extra Credit reporter Andrew Marra – also a Gator.

 

From the Post’s Zach Dennis: 

Before you go calling the college to find out whether you have to pay double the tuition, remember that this is an April Fool’s Day joke.

The University of Florida and Florida State University got into the April 1st spirit Friday with a Twitter campaign for the newly formed, UFFSU (or FSUUF if you will). A campaign launched by the announcement that the two universities will be combining into one.

“I have thought for a long time how important it would be for us to talk about combining the University of Florida with Florida State University,” State University System of Florida Chancellor Marshall Criser III said in a video announcing the merger. “Taking the research might that you have in these universities, bringing together excellent faculty, (and) most importantly, combining some of the best students that we have in our state. It really needs to be more about Florida versus the rest of the world rather than Gainesville versus Tallahassee.”

According to the UFFSU Twitter, the schools needed to find a central location between Gainesville and Tallahassee and settled on the city of Perry to be the hub of the new school. “(Perry) has good parking,” Florida State University president John Thrasher said. “There are only 7,000 people who live in Perry so it will be a great place for parking.”

(“I hope they all drive 4x4s,” says one of Perry’s officials. Apparently they have no intention of paving pasture. Another just right touch? Looks like some barbed wire enclosed prisons will be converted to dorms. )

The next course of action for the newly established institution? Deciding whether their athletic programs will do the “chomp-chop” or the “chop-chomp.”

See the rest of the videos on the UFFSU or FSUUF Twitter accounts.