Published: Nov 04, 2010 4:54 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 04, 2010 1:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Board of Governors may adopt a regulation that would let Florida's universities seek the panel's permission to charge students a flat tuition rate regardless of how many classes they take.

The proposal is on the agenda for a meeting Thursday at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Known as block tuition, the concept has drawn opposition because it would make school more expensive for students who take less than a full load.

The University of Florida is considering it as a way to encourage students to get their degrees sooner. Other schools have shown little interest.

The board also is set for preliminary action on a proposal to allow higher tuition similar to charges at private universities for certain graduate programs.