College Access at the Brink

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Budget cuts, enrollment freezes and growing student demand have combined to push the state university system to the brink according to a report released by ENLACE Florida, an organization funded by the Kellogg Foundation to advance college access for minorities at promotes college access for minorities.

As many as 60,000 students could be shut out of Florida's public universities within five years. That's according to calculations by Dr. Paul Dosal, executive director of ENLACE Florida.

But, Dosal says the pending crisis will affect all Florida students.

'The crisis is, as we see it, is a college access gap where in we will not be able to satisfy the demand for higher education for our students,' Dosal says.

ENLACE Florida is calling for a Special Summit on Higher Education where policy makers will tackle controversial issues such as the Bright Futures Scholarship Program which is tied to tuition. Dosal says that's an incentive to keep tuition low so it doesn't burden the state budget, but it also means underfunding universities.

A copy of the ENLACE Florida report was emailed to Florida lawmakers, policy makers and education leaders.

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