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Education System

Florida College System Bachelor's Degree

What is the purpose of the program?

The purpose (s. 1007.33, Florida Statutes) of the bachelor's degree programs offered by the Florida College System is to expand access to bachelor's degrees for place-bound, non-traditional students by allowing them the opportunity to earn a four-year degree without transferring to one of Florida's public universities.

How many Florida colleges offer bachelor's degree programs?

Twenty-seven Florida colleges currently are approved to offer bachelor's degree programs (the exception is Hillsborough Community College). Students can earn a bachelor's degree from a Florida college through either a partnership between the college and a public or private four-year institution or directly from a Florida college that has been granted authority to offer bachelor's degrees.

Which types of bachelor's degrees are offered through the Florida College System?

Florida College System institutions offer two types of bachelor's degrees: the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.  The colleges do not offer Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees.

As of May 2020, the 27 colleges were approved to offer 194 bachelor's degree programs. The most commonly offered programs include nursing, business, and education. A list of the approved bachelor's degree programs, the process flow chart used to approve new bachelor degree offerings, and the forms used by colleges to request approval of a new bachelor's degree offering are available on the Florida College System website.

How many students are served?

In 2018-19, Florida College System institutions had 44,198 bachelor's degree program enrollments and awarded 9,122 bachelor's degrees.

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.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2016, Report 17-07, June 2017

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on Florida college operations are available on its website.

Websites of Interest
Florida College System
Florida College System Publications
Florida's PK-20 Education Information Portal
Association of Florida Colleges
Community College Research Center
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Section 1007.33, Florida Statutes, and Rule 6A-14.095, Florida Administrative Code.

Whom do I contact for help?

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