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Education System

Associate in Arts

What is the purpose of the program?

The purpose of the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree Program is to prepare students to transfer from a Florida college to a four-year college or university by providing the first two years of college undergraduate instruction and awarding the associate degree at the program's completion. The AA degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 60 college credits, including 36 hours of general education coursework.

How many students are served?

In 2018-19, Florida College System institutions enrolled 317,461 students in Associate in Arts programs and awarded 59,261 Associate in Arts degrees.

Can students who earn an AA degree transfer to a state university?

Students who complete an Associate in Arts degree at a Florida College System institution may take advantage of Florida's 2+2 articulation agreement (s. 1007.23, Florida Statutes), which guarantees students with a Florida College System AA degree admission to a state university. However, students are not guaranteed transfer into the institution of their choice. According to Department of Education data, approximately 47% of 2017-18 Associate in Arts graduates from Florida colleges transferred to a state university in the year following graduation.


For more information, refer to the Department of Education's Office of Articulation website.

What type of statewide information is available on student outcomes?

The Department of Education and Department of Economic Opportunity provide information on post-graduation employment outcomes for Florida college graduates.
Associate in Arts performance measures and standards may be found in the Department of Education's Long Range Program Plan.

Updates

Targeted 2+2 Pathways. The 2019 Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-103, Laws of Florida, which requires each Florida College System institution to establish at least one 2+2 targeted pathway articulation agreement with at least one state university.  These agreements provide that students who graduate with an AA degree and meet program requirements must receive guaranteed access to the state university and to the degree program at that university.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

Florida College System Industry Certifications, Report 19-10, October 2019
School District Postsecondary Industry Certifications, Report 19-09, October 2019

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on Florida college operations are available on its website.
Tracking Transfer, New Measures of Institutional and State Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students Attain Bachelor's Degrees, Community College Research Center, January 2016.
Websites of Interest
Florida College System 
Florida College System Publications 
Association of Florida Colleges
Community College Research Center
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

Whom do I contact for help?

Office of the Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges, 850-245-0407, email:  FCSInfo@fldoe.org

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