Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Independent Panel Says Gov. Bush's One Florida Plan Is Working: But Black Freshman Enrollment Declining at University of Florida. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Independent Panel Says Gov. Bush's One Florida Plan Is Working: But Black Freshman Enrollment Declining at University of Florida. (Noteworthy News)

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TAMPA, FLA.

A two-year study of Gov. Jeb Bush's One Florida plan for minority college enrollment and state contracting shows the plan is working, but the governor's work is not done, a review committee composed of minorities said last month.

While the figures show that the percentage of minorities in the state university's freshman class has been nearly unchanged since One Florida went into effect in 2000, the panel pointed to other improvements they say should increase the number of minority college students in the future.

In addition, the University of Florida, where minority enrollment has declined under One Florida, also remains a concern. Enrollment of Black freshmen dropped from a high of 829 students in 2000 to 461 students in 2001.

Bush said he is hoping that trend will reverse itself this year after the university developed better-targeted recruitment programs, including one-on-one attention for some minorities who are admitted to the university but are considering going elsewhere.

"I say give it a chance," says panel member Don Bowen, president of the Urban League chapter in Broward County. "For the last 10 years, I hadn't heard anyone else come up with any new strategies."

According to the review committee, under One Florida, twice as many minority students are taking pre-college exams, more are taking advanced placement courses in high school and the number of minority graduate students is also on the rise. …

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