Florida State University, University of Florida; designated state's preeminent research universities

Florida Board of Governors voted on title

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Two of Florida's established universities are being officially designated as the state's preeminent research universities.

The Florida Board of Governors voted Monday to give the title to both the University of Florida and Florida State University. The decision not only brings a bit of extra prestige, but it also means millions in additional money from the Florida Legislature.
 
UF, which is based in Gainesville, met 12 of the 12 standards used for the designation. FSU, which is based in Tallahassee, met 11.
 
The standards include such criteria as spending on research, six-year graduation rates, the number of doctoral degrees awarded and the number of patents awarded.
 
UF's designation also earns the university the right to set up a program where the school will offer four-year degrees completely online.
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