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Brain Drain

In recent years, a growing number of professors have departed from Florida's public universities. Other states are luring them away with higher salaries, new labs, research assistants and other resources. In fact, some other state university systems have said now is a prime time to draw talented faculty away from Florida schools. When those professors move, they not only leave an empty office and empty classrooms, they also often take millions of dollars in research grants to their new home. Earlier this month, the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state's universities, approved $65 million to retain faculty and staff in its 2009-2010 budget request to stop what's being called a "brain drain." This week on Florida Matters, we talk about the impacts of that brain drain and how to stop it.

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