- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The two universities in Florida’s state capital will keep running their engineering college together.

The Florida Board of Governors voted Thursday in favor of an agreement to keep intact the college.

There was a push last year by former State Sen. John Thrasher to have each university set up separate colleges. Thrasher is now FSU’s president.

A study ordered by the Florida Legislature, however, found that the price to split the college could be $1 billion.

Under a deal negotiated between the schools and the university system a new board will oversee the joint college.

The deal also proposes integrating student and academic activities that had been previous been handled separately by each school. FSU and FAMU will also ask the Florida Legislature to appropriate money directly to the college.

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