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ASK THE GOVERNOR
Week of February 19, 1962 W
(Release for AMs Monday, February 26, 1962) -"" '.
It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Frr is
Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments fr( Florida )
QUESTION: Governor, last fall you announced a plan for'ra a
program whereby professors would be flown around Florida to teach
graduate and other students at industrial centers in major cities.
What's happened to that plan?
GOVERNOR: Well, that plan is moving forward. Just a
couple of weeks ago now -- a little longer than than, I guess .-- the
Board of Education approved the employment of Dr. Myron Blee and the
establishment of the Institute of Continuing University Studies.
Stated simply what this plan is, is to make the entire State of /
Florida a campus for our universities. It extends the resources and
facilities of our campus into the industrial areas particularly,
into all areas of Florida where there is a requirement for those
services. In this process it may be necessary to fly professors
from our great universities into these areas of need on some regular
and permanent basis so that they can instruct there or confer there,
advise there and then return to their campus where they will, of
course, maintain their home.
QUESTION: Does educational television play a part in this
GOVERNOR: Indeed it does. We proposed, through this
extension program -- and that's basically what it is -- to develop
the educational television in such fashion that it would be a tool
of our.graduate schools and of our college, as it already is of the
QUESTION: Will the trimester system adopted for state
universities affect the planning of this institute?
GOVERNOR: No, not at all, except, of course, to make the
instructional facilities available on a year 'round basis as they
ought to be. If it were not for the trimester plan we might envision
that many of the professors who would be used in the extension program
during the summertime would be gone, but now under the trimester
program we can expect year 'round or three semester activities.
QUESTION: What about the financing of this program in
order to provide the multiple library and laboratory and other
facilities that will be necessary. Will this lead to a duplication
of services which will become very costly?
GOVERNOR: We don't propose to get into a capital outlay
program. There are already in the private universities in the
Junior colleges all around Florida abundant facilities for instruc-
tional purposes. In addition many of the great industries of Florida
that require this service have their own laboratories which are
available. But where there are expenses we expect to call upon
industry to underwrite that expense, It is largely for the benefit
of industry and those who work in industry and want to improve
themselves, that this program is being instituted, and therefore,
it seems right to us that industry should pay the bill.
QUESTION: Well, now this participation by industry and
business -- is this to be in addition to the one per cent of profits
which you have said you hoped firms doing business in Florida would
make available for educational purposes?
GOVERNOR: I am glad you asked that. That is an excellent
question. First of all, I want to talk about that one per cent.
This one percent program is a program under which industry of all
types -- business of all types -- appropriates one per cent of its
income before taxes to such educational purposes at the higher
educational level as it desires. They can spend it in private
colleges or in public colleges or in their own research -- whatever
they would like to do, so long as its higher education oriented.
And that is not the same as the type of support that I am relying
upon for the Institute of Continuing University Studies.
QUESTION: You would expect then that there will be support
in both fashions from industry and business?
GOVERNOR: Very definitely. Where you have a large industry
with one, two, three, five, ten thousand employees, particularly
where there are of the higher quality engineering capacity, those
employees to be satisfied and to be maintained on the job need an
opportunity to improve their education constantly. It's to meet
that need that this program was instituted.
Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general
interest you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program,
Jot it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor," the
Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which
has made available this time in the public interest.
Be with us next week when again we "Ask the Governor."