There must be a better way.
That seems to be the reaction of many students and professors at u-f in the wake of tuition changes proposed by governor scott's blue ribbon task force on higher education.
Opponents on campus are looking for ways to express their opposition.
University of Florida student, Barbara Uchdorf says, "its just so unbelievable."
Many college students and teachers are upset after the blue ribbon task force released recommendations for higher education reform.
One of them suggests charging students higher tuition rates if they have a 'non-strategic major' like humanities.
Uf student Barbara Uchdorf, majoring in political science and history-- is a little confused saying, "there's no reasoning, there's no logical reasoning that anyone would make to lead you to this conclusion that some majors are worth more than other majors."
And some university of florida professors agree.
Around 1,300 people have already signed a petition against this one recommendation.
Paul Ortiz believes it restricts students freedom to choose their career path.
He said, "the attempt to kind of pigeonhole students into fields because you think that, this is a critical needs area- well that may be this year but what about next year."
The majors considered strategic are ones which focus on high-skill, high-wage and high-demand which is to be determined by the market.
During a board of governors meeting, the task force chairman Dale Brill said this: "to talk about any of the recommendations that i am about to discuss in isolation does the complexity of the issue a disservice."
But as governor rick scott reviews these recommendations, professors and students both worry tuition rates might go up for some students in the future.
Barbara uchdorf said, "i just think it is assuming way to many things, and i think its unfortunate that the liberal arts are being- are not being valued when that's the foundation of what the university system should be."
A vision of higher education that may not be shared by state leaders.
There are two other recommendations from the task force.
Both propose to direct more funding to schools that achieve the greatest academic success-- although its not clear how that would be determined.
The governor has the final say on all the recommendations.
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