All 23 institutions in the Florida College system that offer bachelor’s degrees have accepted a challenge from Gov. Rick Scott to create degree programs that will cost no more than $10,000 in tuition over four years, the governor announced on Monday.
The Florida system has been a national leader in providing bachelor’s-degree programs at community colleges, with programs tailored to meet the state’s work-force needs. That focus limits the number of programs that can meet the $10,000 goal. At Palm Beach State College, for instance, four-year degrees are available only in business supervision and management, information technology, and nursing, The Palm Beach Post reported. Normally, the programs cost $13,200 over four years, roughly the state average.
Governor Scott’s challenge, issued in November, came after a number of institutions in Texas embarked on a similar effort to create low-cost diplomas. Recently, a California legislator began pushing for a similar plan in that state.