Wonks among us

Business Observer, January 14, 2016
The student experience at New College of Florida in Sarasota, the state’s honors college, is an idyllic throwback to learning for learning’s sake.
Under the “Brilliantly Unique. Uniquely Brilliant” slogan, the school shuns majors and instead requires students to have areas of concentration. There are no letter grades or grade-point averages. Students are monitored through contracts with faculty advisers.
Yet despite the laissez-faire approach to overseeing studies, the school has an impressive list of highly structured business-focused alumni. The list includes a Federal Reserve Bank president, a former U.S. attorney and a national coffee chain CEO, in addition to several area executives and business owners…….