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Statistics Show Rapid Growth in FL Community Colleges

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With Valencia Community College awaiting approval to begin its first bachelor’s degree program, the trend of community colleges expanding their curriculum has been growing. In Florida, community colleges now offer more than 100 four year degrees. This pattern has developed quickly and has made national news. In 2008, independent Florida Governor Charlie Crist enacted legislation that allowed community institutions to offer more four year degree programs.

The result has been an explosion in the number and types of degrees offered at community colleges. Ten of Florida’s 28 community colleges offered 70 bachelor’s degrees in 2008. Today 18 out of 28 Florida community colleges offer 111 baccalaureate degrees.  There is high demand for degrees in computer engineering as well as nursing and education in the Central Florida area. Hundreds of jobs in radiology, electrical and computer engineering are expected in Central Florida by 2014. Community colleges undoubtedly are trying to meet this high demand. There are state regulations designed to check growth of Florida community colleges. However, some remain concerned that these new four year programs will affect existing associate degrees or compete with four year universities in a negative way.

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Written by ArthurVolpe

September 30, 2010 at 12:36 am

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