PRESS RELEASE: State University System Chancellor Brogan presents legislative funds to Broward College for successful ‘2+2 Pathways to Success’ partnership
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 28, 2011
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State University System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan presents legislative funds to Broward College
for successful ‘2+2 Pathways to Success’ partnership
Broward College receives $856,860 – largest allocation statewide
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward College has earned the distinction of receiving the largest monetary award of all institutions in the Florida College System for the “2+2 Pathways to Success” program – $856,860. The decades-old program is a partnership between the State University System and the Florida College System, designed to enable students seeking a bachelor’s degree to enroll and complete an associate degree program at an FCS institution, then transfer seamlessly to a state university. In this partnership model, some universities also offer bachelor’s and master’s programs on the state college campuses. In 2010, the Florida Legislature appropriated $4 million to be shared by the public institutions of higher learning that participate in these partnerships for academic programs offered on state college campuses. An additional $1 million was allocated for colleges and universities that want to establish new baccalaureate degrees in 2011-12.
2,936 Broward College AA degree Graduates Transferred to FAU
“We are proud to have the largest 2+2 partnership in the state, thanks to Florida Atlantic University’s joint-use of our A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie and Willis Holcombe Downtown Center in Fort Lauderdale,” said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. He added that, “In the 2009-2010 academic year, there were 2,936 Broward College AA degree graduates who transferred to FAU. This partnership is a great way for students and their families to get a high quality education at an affordable price in convenient locations by starting at Broward College and then transferring to FAU close to home.”
Strategic Institutional Practices Contribute to Success
A number of strategic institutional practices contribute to the continued success of the partnership. First, we have articulation agreements that support the transfer of associate degree graduates to FAU. Second, our joint-use facilities help to remove barriers that might otherwise prevent students from completing their degrees, such as the ease of mobility that enables students to take courses concurrently at both the college and the university. Third, the BC/FAU library provides academic support and learning resources to students at both institutions, while costs are shared by both.
State University System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan to Present Check
Chancellor Frank T. Brogan of the State University System, formerly President of FAU, is scheduled to present a ceremonial check to the Broward College District Board of Trustees at the June 28 meeting.
“This partnership between the State University System and the Florida College System has long been regarded by other states as a national model that many have since replicated,” Brogan said. “We are grateful to the Legislature for its role in helping to successfully increase both bachelor’s degree attainment and graduation rates through this proven program.”
About Broward College
Broward College is the first and largest institution of higher education in Broward County, providing residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. Broward College has the second-largest enrollment among the 28 members of the Florida College System, serving more than 66,000 students annually. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.
About the State University System of Florida
The State University System is comprised of 11 institutions with a total enrollment of more than 320,000 students, making it the fourth-largest public university system in the nation in terms of enrollment (some states have more than one university system). The Florida Constitution (Article IX, Section 7) was amended by the state's voters in 2002 to establish a statewide system of governance for all Florida public universities. As a result, the Florida Board of Governors was created in 2003 to oversee the State University System of Florida. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the System. The Board is comprised of 17 appointed members – 14 are appointed by the Governor and three are members by virtue of their designations (a faculty member, a Florida Student Association student representative, and the Commissioner of Education). The Board of Governors appoints a Chancellor who serves as the chief executive and administrative officer of the State University System. For more, including the Board’s Annual Report that reflects accountability measurements and benchmarks occurring at each institution, see www.flbog.edu.