Florida’s anti-transgender bill in limbo
American artist Jeff Sheng with an exhibition of his photo series Fearless, about out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) high school and college athletes. Exhibition at the Drew School, high school, San Francisco, CA, January 15, 2009.

Florida’s anti-transgender bill in limbo

Florida lawmakers have been considering a bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating in female’s scholastic sports, but it appears to have been stopped in its tracks as of April 20.  The version of the bill that was passed in the Florida House stated…

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Student leaders testified against Bright Futures bill in Tallahassee on Tuesday
Sofia Lombardi testifying against SB-86 before the FL Senate Education Committee on March 16, 2021.

Student leaders testified against Bright Futures bill in Tallahassee on Tuesday

Two members of the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) executive cabinet traveled to Tallahassee to against Senate Bill 86 on Tuesday, March 16 at the Capitol. Among other changes to financial aid, the bill would cut Bright Futures scholarships for students studying topics that don't…

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Board of Trustees preparing for potential budget cuts
New College students, including current NCSA President Sofia Lombardi, approach the Florida State Capitol on Feb. 25, 2020.

Board of Trustees preparing for potential budget cuts

Although the proposed merger last spring ultimately failed, it spurred NCF’s Board of Trustees to take a more proactive approach to the legislative agenda of the state. With constitutionally-required budget cuts forthcoming this session, the college’s continued independence may require it.  To the surprise of…

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New College improves in performance based funding metrics, despite previous struggles
One of New College's distinguishing features are the narrative evaluations used in lieu of traditional letter or number grades. However, this creates complications when a student needs to provide a GPA for an application.

New College improves in performance based funding metrics, despite previous struggles

"We should feel good, but we shouldn't feel like everything is on cruise control." Thiessen said. "We have a lot of improvements still to do.” Every year, the State University System (SUS) allocates upwards of $13 billion in state funding, in part through a performance-based…

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