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News Clips 01/29/2013
$10,000 Degree Challenge Accepted by All Four-Year FCS Schools
Source: Sunshine State News, 01/28/13
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By Jim Turner
The governor’s office has announced that every member of the Florida College System offering four-year Baccalaureate degrees is taking up Gov. Rick Scott’s challenge to create four-year degree programs that cost students under $10,000.
Scott was at Miami Dade College’s North Campus on Monday to announce that 23 of the 28 schools in the FCS have now agreed to take up the challenge he made Nov. 26.
“It is important our students can get an affordable education, and our state colleges have stepped up to the challenge to find innovative ways to provide a quality education at a great value,” Scott stated in a release.
“Our goal should be that students do not have to go into debt in order to obtain a degree -- and today’s announcement of nearly all of our state colleges meeting this challenge puts us closer to achieving that goal for our students and families.”
Heading into the 2012-2013 school year, the average degree within the 28 schools of the Florida College System is a little more than $13,000 and Scott made the challenge in an attempt to ease the fiscal burden on graduates entering the labor field.
Scott has emphasized increasing the number of students taking science, technology, engineering and math programs, but the schools haven’t outlined where the budget savings programs will be set up.
“We at MDC have long been committed to these goals and are pleased to unveil a ‘Pathway to the Baccalaureate’ initiative that will provide interested students the opportunity to complete one of the most affordable, high-quality workforce-oriented bachelor's degrees in the nation,” Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron stated in a release.
Joining Miami Dade College as the latest to take up the challenge are Polk State College, Edison State College, Florida Gateway College, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Pensacola State College, St. Johns River State College and the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.
Brevard Community College, Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College, St. Petersburg College, South Florida State College and Valencia College previously accepted.
St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens stated that his school will have a degree program valued under $10,000 by the fall of 2014.