The University of Florida made an unusual offer to more than 3,000 high-school students who would otherwise have been rejected for admission: Pass two semesters of online coursework, and then you can enroll on the campus. But less than 10 percent of them took the offer.
Joseph Glover, the provost, defended the new option, called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment, or PACE, saying it hadn’t been well explained. “This year, now that the program is in place and there is time to advertise and explain what it is all about, we hope to get a better response,” he told The Gainesville Sun.
Pathway builds on UF Online, the online-only undergraduate program that state legislators pushed for about two years ago.
Participants in the PACE program are considered University of Florida students but don’t have access to perks like tickets to campus events or use of the recreation center.