Board Report: Oct. 20, 2010

(Bradenton, Fla., October 20, 2010) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees gave approval to pursue seven new workforce baccalaureate degrees at the Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The College will submit a letter of intent to the Division of Florida Colleges of the Department of Education for the following degrees:

  • B.S. in Education
    Secondary/Middle School Math
    Secondary/Middle School Science
    Elementary with Integrated Math and Science 
  •  B.A.S. Marine Industry Management
  •  B.A.S. Technology Management
  •  B.A.S. Athletic Training
  •  B.A.S. International Business and Trade

The Board also will request to add gerontology and nutrition as areas of concentration in Health Services Administration program previously approved by the State Board of Education.

If approved by the State Board of Education, the new programs are expected to start in 2012.

The SCF Board's decision to pursue the additional baccalaureate programs comes after the State Board of Education granted approval for new baccalaureate programs, planned to start in 2011, including a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Health Services Administration, Energy Technology Management, Public Safety Administration and Homeland Security.

The College’s first baccalaureate program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree, was approved in 2009 and classes started in January 2010 with the first B.S.N. students graduating in spring 2011.

The community supported the need for SCF’s newly proposed baccalaureate degrees.

“It comes back to listening what the community has to say and responding in a positive way,” SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner said.

“We’re the same open-access college that we have been for the last 50 years but now we are expanding opportunities to students who have not been able to get into baccalaureate programs throughout the state,” said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, emphasizing that the baccalaureate expansion would not detract from the College’s core focus of two-year associate degrees.

SCF’s proposal also received support from local higher education institutions including New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, and the Sarasota-Manatee branch of the University of South Florida.

“I’m really positive about our relationships and partnerships with universities and the community and I am confident that we as a College have gone about this the right way,” said SCF Board Chair Ron Allen.

Hafner emphasized that the need for baccalaureate degrees is statewide. Florida, as the fourth most populous state, is ranked 47th in production of baccalaureate degrees per capita and contributes only 5.1 percent of the nation’s baccalaureate degrees while remaining the nation’s second largest producer of associate degrees.

Since the inception of the Florida College System in 2001, enrollment in baccalaureate programs has grown to 13,000 students out of more than 900,000 students in the system statewide. Hafner expects SCF’s baccalaureate-to-associate projection to be similar.

“When all the new baccalaureate programs are running, we expect they will account for 5 to 10 percent of our total enrollment,” Hafner said.

“We are in great shape moving forward and we’re doing some exciting things that will really be beneficial to this region,” Hafner said. “It gives our students an opportunity to live, work and retire in our community.”

The board also approved:

  • Submitting a recommendation to demolish outdated Social Sciences Building 9 on the Bradenton Campus for the new library multipurpose building.
  • SCF moving forward with a grant proposal for $68,525 from Regional Small Business Development Center to continue to operate the SCF’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The center collaborates with regional organizations including the economic development council and area chambers of commerce. SCF’s SBDC assists area business with start-up, growth and expansion through community outreach, training and educational programs, individual consulting and access to a number of business resources. The funding will provide daily services, training workshops, seminars, individual business consulting, referral and information for entrepreneurs. SCF will provide a cash match of $93,869 and an in-kind match of $12,740.
  • A $73 fee for the Community Public Health Practicum baccalaureate level course.

In comments, Hafner also recognized:

  • SCF’s Dental Hygiene Program Associate Professor Pam Kennard and students Jamie Sickler, Laura Grafton-French, Cris Graber and Yudbel Sullivan. The students won second place at a competitive statewide Florida Dental Hygiene Symposium for a presentation titled, “Glucose Testing in the Dental Office.” In addition, Jacqueline MacPherson was recognized for her election as secretary of the Florida Student Dental Hygienist Association. Click here to read the press release.
  • SCF’s 2010 radiography class passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination on the first attempt. For 19 years, SCF graduates have excelled on the exam with 100 percent passing. This year, 88 percent of class ranked above the 90th percentile with one graduate ranking in the 100th percentile and two graduates ranking in the 99th percentile.
  • SCF Manatees Volleyball won the Suncoast Conference defeating Hillsborough Community College 3-2. SCF (29-5) is undefeated in the conference.
  • SCF received a very positive report from the Sothern Association of Colleges and Schools team that held a site visit in September. The chair of the SACS visiting committee told Hafner that this was the best visit she has experienced in 12 years of service to SACS.

Peg Lowery, executive director of The SCF Foundation, presented the foundation’s year-end financial report, noting that $5.4 million in gifts, revenue and earnings was realized in fiscal year 2009-10.

The Board conducted a campus tour to see the recent and planned campus improvements that included a stop at SCF Collegiate School.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled to be held at SCF Venice Tuesday, Nov. 16, instead of the regular meeting day of Wednesday, due to a statewide meeting conflict.

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