Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Seminole State College of Florida

Orlando Business Journal - by Melanie Stawicki Azam Staff Writer
Seminole Community College is now Seminole State College of Florida, following a unanimous vote by the district board of trustees Sept. 21 to rename the 44-year-old institution.
The change takes effect immediately. Seminole State will begin offering its first baccalaureate degree, a bachelor of applied science in interior design, in January, and other baccalaureate programs also are being explored.
“The new name honors our past while setting forth our path to the future,” said E. Ann McGee, the college’s president.
The college’s core mission, to maintain an open-door admissions policy that responds to the community’s needs, will remain unchanged, she said. The name change will not affect tuition, which will remain at
Florida College System levels, and no extensive additional costs will be associated with the new name.
“I appreciate the fact that they kept Seminole in the name,” said Rachel Clarke, student government vice president for the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. “I’m proud of the name because of its history and tradition in the state of Florida as well as in the county.”
On Aug. 3, McGee announced the school would change its name and the community submitted 3,422 suggestions, of which 1,007 were unique, via a Web survey through Sept. 1. A committee then narrowed the names to three.
The new name takes effect as the college completes an $85 million makeover of its Sanford/Lake Mary campus. The state allocated $700,000 for signage improvements, which were put on hold until the new name was determined.
Last year, the
Florida Legislature created the Florida College System, which allowed the state’s community colleges to change their names when adding four-year degrees.
Seminole State College is one of 13 state colleges approved to offer bachelor’s degrees. The new name will be submitted to state lawmakers this spring for formal approval.
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