The Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) unit in the Board of Governors Office provides support and oversight to the twelve institutions in the State University System (SUS) to offer high-quality academic programs and related support services to prepare students for success in the global community and marketplace. ASA provides leadership and coordination via collaborative data collection, research, analysis, policy development, and strategic planning for academic, student, research, and economic development issues that affect the SUS. Additionally, staff members work closely with the Board of Governors and university colleagues, as well as other educational, governmental, and community partners, to address academic and student concerns and opportunities that rise to a System level of interest.
Academic and Student Affairs Guidance
In 2017, the Florida legislature amended section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, and introduced a new civic literacy requirement for all students graduating from a public Florida institution. Beginning in fall 2018, students entering a Florida public postsecondary institution for the first time would need to demonstrate civic literacy by either taking a course identified as meeting the civic literacy requirement or passing an exam identified as meeting the requirement. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and civic literacy exam. Board of Governors Regulation 8.006, Civic Literacy outlines the courses and exams that have been identified as meeting the civic literacy requirements.
Civic Literacy Guidance Document (Last updated September 19, 2022)
General Education Digital Badges
During the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, House Bill 1507 amended section 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.), to require public postsecondary institutions to award students a nationally recognized digital badge upon completion of general education core courses that demonstrate career readiness, beginning with students who initially enter a postsecondary institution in fall 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The statute also requires the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors for the State University System to jointly appoint faculty committees to identify the competencies within the general education core that demonstrate career readiness and will result in the award of a “verifiable and interoperable nationally recognized digital credential.” These badges must be awarded and recognized by every public postsecondary institution in the Florida College System and the State University System.
Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes – General education courses; common prerequisites; other degree requirements
Students with questions regarding the General Education Digital Badges should contact their institution.
Questions from State University System institutions may be directed to [email protected]
Digital Badge #1: Fundamentals of Written Communication
The first digital badge, “Fundamentals of Written Communication,” will be available for students beginning in fall 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Fundamentals of Written Communication Digital Credential
- Guidance Regarding the Implementation of General Education Core Digital Badges at Florida College System and State University System Institutions V. 3.0 (PDF) (Last updated April 2022)
- General Education Digital Badge – Preliminary Technical Assistance Webinar (Recording) – March 2, 2022
- General Education Digital Badge – Preliminary Technical Assistance Webinar (PDF) – March 2, 2022