State Lawmakers Push Pause on Creation of 4-Year Degrees at State Colleges
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA - State lawmakers have pushed the pause button on state colleges creating new four year programs for one year.
That's after legislators claim some of the state's 28 colleges have created 4-year programs that are encroaching on their neighboring universities' bachelors degrees.
The president of Santa Fe College says the University of Florida is their partner and they have not created anything without the cooperation of the unviersity.
Jackson Sasser, president, Santa Fe College: "another example is biotechnology…The University was not offering technician training so that's when we stepped in and actually built a campus to support that in Alachua and students coming out of those associate degrees needed more training."
Santa Fe College offers six bachelor degrees programs and those will not be affected by the one year moritorium.
The one degree program they have in the works will have to be put on pause until lawmakers say they can proceed.
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