No Chiropractic school for FSU, says Board of Governors
Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 4:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 4:36 p.m.
The state's higher eduation governing board rejected a proposal by Florida State University for a new chiropractic school, saying it wasn't needed, didn't fit with the univerisity's goals and wouldn't be a prudent use of scarce resources.
The Florida Board of Governors voted 10-3 to deny the proposal that many complained was a political boondoggle brought forth - and funded at $9 million a year - by a few well-positioned lawmakers.
It was the first time the board weilded its power given by the voters of the state in 2002. The Board of Governors, rather than the state Legislature, has the authority to approve or disapprove Ph.D. and professional degree programs at the state's 11 public universities.
Board members said they did not believe FSU provided good reason to bless the program. A Florida Board of Education study showed 108 new chiropractors would be needed each year to keep up with the population growth. An existing chiropractic school in Port Orange is expected to more than fulfill that need with 188 graduates a year by 2007.
FSU administrators acknowledged that the school could hinder efforts to become a member of the Association of American Universities, considered a benchmark of success for up-and-coming universities. The University of Florida is the only AAU school in the state.
Meanwhile, growing financial demands on the state budget make fund requests highly competitive.
"There should be clear and convincing evidence to approve the school," board member John Temple said. "Not only is it not clear but it's not convincing."
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