State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, is working to identify bachelor's degree programs that it can offer to students for $10,000
Carol F. Probstfeld, SCF president has said she will meet Gov. Rick Scott's recent challenge to the 28 colleges in the Florida College System to create a $10,000 baccalaureate degree.
"SCF has accepted Gov. Scott's $10,000 baccalaureate degree challenge as a new opportunity to be even more inventive as we work with our partners to identify programs, existing and new, that offer the most immediate application to today's workforce needs," she said.
Probstfeld appointed Mike Mears, vice president of baccalaureate programs, to lead a team tasked with designing proposals that can be implemented at SCF.
Mears said the focus of the new initiative likely would be to allow students to stay on track to complete their degree.
"The ultimate objective is to help our students complete a college degree in the most efficient manner that saves both time and money and paves the way for them to start contributing to the economy," Mears said.
Probstfeld noted that SCF is recognized for providing a college degree whose value in the job market and at universities far exceeds the relatively low tuition, especially when financial aid assistance and dual-enrolled credits are considered. At current tuition rates, a student can complete an associate degree and a baccalaureate degree at SCF for about $13,000.
"We are excited about this new opportunity to demonstrate SCF's innovative philosophy and at the same time remind the community about the wonderful value their college represents," Probstfeld said.
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Gov. Scott was excited to have a college take him up on his challenge.
“I congratulate State College of Florida for accepting my 10k degree challenge," he said. "Higher education is a key to helping our students succeed in the 21st century economy and to grow jobs in Florida. It is important our students can get an affordable education, and our state colleges have stepped up to the challenge.”