Florida law offering ‘BOGO’ tuition for STEM majors raises faculty concerns
A new law signed into effect last week will offer some students a “buy-one-get-one-free” deal on tuition for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses at state universities in Florida.
While the bill is intended to encourage more students to enter the workforce in STEM-related fields, many faculty members across the state are concerned the law will have unintended consequences of overcrowded classes and students pursuing majors for financial reasons.
The “BOGO” provision is tucked in HB 1261, legislation that provides universities with protection from liability over COVID-19 related lawsuits and offers the out-of-state grandchildren of Florida residents in-state tuition.
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