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Brogan: Anthropology is a STEM degree

brogan.jpgUPDATE: Politifact Florida rates Brogan's claim as half-true.

State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan had a quick anthropology lesson for Gov. Rick Scott this morning.

Scott has poked at the program while attempting to raise the profile of so-called STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math.

But Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, asked Brogan whether or not anthropology is a STEM subject.

"It is," Brogan said.

Williams also asked about the message Scott has sent by posting state salaries from the university system. Brogan said he worked in "arguably one of the most competitive industries known to man: higher education."

"Beyond money as we all know, we need to remember that the marketing - and I mean that in a good way - of our State University System right now is critical," Brogan said. "We want the best and brightest professors. We want the best and brightest students. But at the end of the day, we all recognize change needs to be made.

"But how that change translates to what the rest of the world hears can be a difficulty if you're not careful," he said. "So when it comes to what our people are teaching, how they teach, etc., great. We need to have those conversations. But we need to be careful that the message sent is that we are not a faculty friendly state. That just makes our job even more difficult in the 21st century."