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Florida’s 28 state colleges will receive $60 million in performance funding during the academic year that started this month.

Florida Looks To Boost College-To-University Pipeline

Jul 6, 2018

Last fall, more than one out of every four students enrolled at state universities came from the Florida college system.

A bill that would create a new governance board for the state college system and impose a limit on the number of four-year degrees awarded by the colleges advanced in the Senate on Wednesday.

State Senators Back College System Revamp Amid Graduation Rate Concerns

Nov 15, 2017

A plan to create a statewide board to oversee Florida's state and community colleges advanced Monday, while college presidents raised objections to a proposed cap on four-year degrees and a stricter performance measure for graduation that are part of the legislation.

State College Cuts Spur Calls For Budget Veto

May 28, 2017

Upset over a $30 million cut in remedial education funding, state-college advocates are asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a $1.2 billion portion of the state budget, forcing lawmakers to revamp the spending plan for the 28 colleges.

Colleges Balk At Budget Cuts

Mar 14, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — State college presidents on Friday expressed dismay that the 28-school system is being targeted for three-quarters of the cuts in the Florida Senate's initial plan to trim $131 million in higher-education spending.

“It is of great concern that the first thing out of the chute is a 74 percent reduction impacting the Florida college system and it is directed at programs that support our most at-risk student populations,” said Ed Meadows, president of Pensacola State College and the chairman of the Council of Presidents, which represents all the state colleges.

Florida’s community colleges, now called state colleges, can offer more than an associate’s degree: students don’t necessarily have to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree. However, one bill lawmakers will debate this session—SB 374—introduced by Dorothy Hukill, R-Brevard-Volusia, would limit upper-level courses at state colleges.

Legislature Could Start Earlier

Mar 28, 2014

Lawmakers, staff members and lobbyists might get a chance in 2016 to enjoy Florida's spring weather. 

The House voted 102-11 on Thursday to approve a bill (HB 9) that would move up the start of the annual legislative session to January in even-numbered years. Lawmakers typically go into session in early March and stick around the Capitol for 60 days.

A Senate bill (SB 72) would move up the starting date of the 2016 session but would not make the change for later years.

Also in the Capitol on Thursday: