From YourObserver, September 10, 2020
In 2017, when New College of Florida’s student population was around 900, President Donal O’Shea said the school had a goal of growing that figure to 1,200 by 2022.
Things have trended in the other direction since then: At the beginning of the 2020 school year, enrollment is between 700 and 800 students. It’s not just a byproduct of COVID-19, either; the student body began shrinking shortly after the state approved New College’s plans for growth in late 2016.
Chris Kinsley, the vice president for finance and administration at New College, said new state funding metrics created incentives for other schools to target the same high-performing students New College hoped to attract. After the school adjusted its recruitment strategy, state legislators proposed consolidating New College into Florida State University or University of Florida.
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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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