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Student Transfer in Florida. Dr. Willis N. Holcombe Chancellor The Florida College System. Articulation in Florida. 1960s-1970s The expansion of the community college and state university systems made articulation essential

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student transfer in florida

Student Transfer in Florida

Dr. Willis N. Holcombe


The Florida College System

articulation in florida
Articulation in Florida


  • The expansion of the community college and state university systems made articulation essential
  • Several of Florida’s state universities were “upper-level only” institutions. The standard route to a baccalaureate degree went through a community college

1971 - Statewide Articulation Agreement (2+2)

  • Defined the AA degree as the transfer degree
  • Confirmed the general education transfer guarantee (est. 1959)
  • Established a statewide common course numbering system
  • Created the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) to serve as a forum for discussing and coordinating ways to facilitate student transitions
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Articulation in Florida

1975 - Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS)

  • Mandated all public sector institutions to participate in the SCNS
  • Today, there are over 105,000 active postsecondary courses on the SCNS
  • 10 public universities, 28 community/state colleges, 40 career and technical education centers, and 25 nonpublic institutions currently participate

1995 – Time to Degree Legislation (SB 2330)

  • Created Degree Length Requirements (60/120)
  • Limited general education requirement to 36-hours (5 subject areas)
  • Mandated Common Prerequisites for baccalaureate degree programs
  • Provided for Course Leveling (upper vs. lower)
  • Planning for single, computer-assisted student advising and degree audit system
articulation coordinating committee
Articulation Coordinating Committee
  • K-20 Advisory Council
  • Appointed by Commissioner of Education
  • Only existing K-20 forum for discussing and coordinating efforts to help students easily transition between and among institutions and from one level of education to the next
  • Primary responsibilities include:
    • Recommending articulation policy changes to the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors;
    • Approving common prerequisites across program areas;
    • Approving course and credit-by-exam equivalencies;
    • Facilitating the development of statewide articulation agreements; and
    • Monitoring and promoting acceleration mechanisms (AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, Dual Enrollment, etc.)
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2+2 Guarantee Defined
  • Every Associate in Arts graduate from an institution in The Florida College System:
    • Shall have met all general education requirements
    • Shall have fulfilled the CLAS requirements
    • Shall have fulfilled the “Gordon Rule” requirements
    • Must be granted admission to the upper-division of a state university except to a limited access or teacher certification program or a major program requiring an audition
    • Shall receive priority for admission to a state university over out-of-state transfer students


The 2008-09 Academic Year

90,259 (62%) Students

Enrolled in a Florida

Postsecondary Institution*


Florida Colleges


High School



State Universities

4,739 (5%)

Independent Universities

2,570 (3%)

PK-12 Adult Programs

What Happens After They Graduate?

Standard Diplomas to Postsecondary

26,685 (30%)

Source: PK-20 Education Data Warehouse.

* Does not include students who enrolled in postsecondary education out of state, historically 4-5% of high school graduates.

Note: percentages use the 90,769 as the denominator and will add up to more than 100% because students may enroll in more than one sector.


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The Florida College System Headcount – Enrollment Trends, 2005-06 to 2009-10

*Lower and Upper Division Headcount; Students Enrolled in a Course—Student reported in the Student Database that was enrolled in any course.

the florida college system one system one mission
The Florida College SystemONE System - ONE Mission…

Access, Outreach, Responsiveness, Quality, Affordability

  • 333,372 in Associate in Arts
  • 103,741 in Associate in Science/Applied Science
  • 54,429 in Vocational and College Credit Certificate
  • 152,218 in College and Vocational Prep
  • 9 “community” colleges
  • 8 “colleges”
  • 11 “state” colleges

Meeting Florida’s Economic and Workforce Needs

Over 887,000 students enrolled in 2009-10

  • 55,575 in Adult and Secondary
  • 179,039 in Continuing Workforce Education
  • 4,202 in Educator Preparation Institutes
  • 13,171 in Bachelor of Science/Applied Science
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Pathways to the Baccalaureate via The Florida College System
  • 2 + 2 Articulation Agreements with Public and Private Colleges and Universities
  • Concurrent-Use and Joint-Use Partnerships with Public and Private College and Universities
  • Limited Baccalaureate DegreePrograms offered by The Florida College System (FCS)
    • Teaching
    • Nursing
    • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degrees
concurrent use and joint use programs on fcs campuses
Concurrent-Use and Joint-Use Programs on FCS Campuses
  • Between 2000 and 2010, concurrent-use/joint-use partnerships for baccalaureate and graduate degrees increased by 141%
  • Approximately 20,000 students were served via565 partnership programs in 2009-10
  • Partnerships were with:
    • Nine public state universities (none at New College and UNF)
    • Nine Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) institutions
    • Six institutions outside of Florida
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Florida College Transfers & SUS Enrollment

Source: Florida Board of Governors

plugging the pipeline aa transfers to the state universities
The dramatic growth in Florida College System enrollments is proportionally increasing the number of AA graduates.

A gap is starting to grow between the number of AA graduates seeking to transfer and transfer admissions to the State University System.

State universities will need to increase the number of transfer students to meet demand for junior level transfers.

Plugging the PipelineAA Transfers to the State Universities
Average Student Semester Hours to Degree AA Degree Transfers and SUS NativesSelected Years (1994-95, 2001-02, 2009-10)
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Baccalaureate Enrollments by Type of Program

Source: Division of Florida Colleges

Note: The counts of students reflect only those who have been enrolled into a program. Student admitted to the upper division but not in a program are excluded.

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Challenges to Florida’s 2+2 Programs
  • Maintaining consistency in implementing the common prerequisites
  • For AA students, funding limitations may reduce capacity, i.e., the number of courses and seats available
  • For transfer students, funding limitations may reduce the seats available in the SUS for both FTIC and transfer students

Dr. Willis N. Holcombe, Chancellor

The Florida College System