FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
GOVERNOR RECOGNIZES FLORIDA COLLEGE SYSTEM IN “STATE OF THE STATE” ADDRESS
– Praises colleges for meeting $10K degree challenge –
Tallahassee, Fla., March 5, 2013 – Today, Governor Rick Scott recognized the Florida College System (FCS) during his “State of the State” address in Tallahassee. The governor praised the system for accepting his challenge to work to develop quality bachelor’s degree programs costing students no more than $10,000.
FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna was on hand during the recognition. “I commend our colleges for accepting the challenge to work to develop select high-quality bachelor’s degree programs costing students $10,000 or less,” said Chancellor Hanna. “We are proud of the governor’s recognition and will continue to offer students access to high-quality and affordable education and job training.”
In November 2012, Governor Scott issued his $10,000 degree challenge to Florida’s state colleges. The challenge to the colleges was clear: work to develop programs costing students no more than $10,000 that lead to good jobs. All 23 bachelor’s degree-granting colleges have accepted the challenge and expressed support for the governor’s commitment to affordability.
“The Florida College System strives to be the national leader in college and career readiness, success and completion, access and affordability, and accountability,” said Broward College President David Armstrong. “It is an honor to be recognized by Governor Scott for our commitment to affordability and high-quality educational opportunities that help students get jobs. All 28 of our colleges are national leaders in one or more of these areas and we are honored to be recognized as a representative of our state system.”
Hanna added that the college system would be working with the legislature during the session to obtain the approvals that will help meet workforce demands.
Links to Governor Scott’s State of the State Address and information pertaining to it are available below.
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.
About the Florida College System: Florida’s colleges remain the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 66 percent of the state’s high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college, and 82 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida’s 28 colleges. To learn more about the Florida College System, visit http://www.fldoe.org/fcs/.Tweet