Governor recognizes state colleges in ‘State of the State’ address

Governor Rick Scott recognized the Florida College System (FCS) during his “State of the State” address in Tallahassee. Tuesday afternoon. The governor praised the system for accepting his challenge to work to develop quality bachelor’s degree programs costing students no more than $10,000.

FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna commended the state’s colleges for accepting the challenge.

“We are proud of the governor’s recognition and will continue to offer students access to high-quality and affordable education and job training,” Hanna said.

In November 2012, Governor Scott issued his $10,000 degree challenge to Florida’s state colleges. The challenge to the colleges was clear: work to develop programs costing students no more than $10,000 that lead to good jobs. All 23 bachelor’s degree-granting colleges have accepted the challenge and expressed support for the governor’s commitment to affordability.

Florida’s colleges remain the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 66 percent of the state’s high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college, and 82 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida’s 28 colleges.

“The Florida College System strives to be the national leader in college and career readiness, success and completion, access and affordability, and accountability,” said Broward College President David Armstrong. “All 28 of our colleges are national leaders in one or more of these areas and we are honored to be recognized as a representative of our state system.”