The Newly Minted Seminole State College!


Throughout much of the 1990s and on through the current decade, a number of colleges have transformed into universities, taking advantage of state laws which relaxed or modified the requirements for schools to pursue a university designation. Administrators typically pushed for the change as a university designation often brings with it wider recognition as well as increased funding from alumni and business supporters.

Florida School Completes Transformation

Beginning January 2010, Seminole State College will confer its first bachelor degrees to students who complete its bachelor of applied science in interior design program.

Beginning January 2010, Seminole State College will confer its first bachelor degrees to students who complete its bachelor of applied science in interior design program.

Notable that a change from college to university status certainly is, perhaps the biggest change is when a junior, technical, community or other two-year institution becomes a four-year bachelor degree granting college. Though not a common step, it does happen, most recently in Florida where the four-campus Seminole Community College is now the newly minted Seminole State College.

With campuses in Oviedo, Heathrow, Altamonte Springs and Sanford, the former Seminole Community College (SCC) is now Seminole State College (SSC) thanks to a change made by the Florida legislature which allows community colleges offering four-year degrees to change their name. That effort follows on the heels of the creation of the Florida College System, itself a name change from the Florida Community College System.

SSC joins other Florida community colleges who have recently made the transition to four-year college status including Broward College, Chipola College, Santa Fe College and Polk State College to name a few.

Name Change Effective Immediately

The SSC name is effective immediately as the school plans to confer its first bachelor degrees this January, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design being the first in what the school expects will be several four-year degree programs rolling out over the coming years.

“The new name honors our past while setting forth our path to the future,” said College President Dr. E. Ann McGee. “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.”

Current enrollment at SSC is 32,000 students who will see no tuition increase associated with the name change. Indeed, the college is a beneficiary of a recent $85 million makeover to its Sanford/Lake Mary campus, with another $700,000 allocated by the state to pay for signage changes to reflect the college’s new name.

Source: Seminole State College

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