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New College of Florida Plans for Growth

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With a student population just under 900, New College of Florida in Sarasota has plans to grow to 1,200 students by 2020, and now they have the money to do it. This summer the school started phase one of its growth plan with $5.4 million on funding- another $45 million is expected to be spent on new buildings, forty more professors, and expanding enrollment.

New college is the state’s honors college, and consistently ranks among the best liberal arts schools in the country. Today we talk with New College President Donal O’Shea about how the College’s growth will put them in a better position to compete with top colleges and how more students and professors will deepen the scope of learning.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.