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University Transfer and Graduation Information

University Transfer Information (A.A.)

Any student transferring from FCCJ with an associate in arts degree is guaranteed the transfer of credits earned toward that degree and junior-level standing within the state university system by the State Articulation Agreement (SBE Rule 6A-10.024, FAC). However, a transferring student is not guaranteed admission to specific colleges or programs within the university.

The following are steps that require action on your part for transferring to be successful:

  • identify a major (as soon as possible),
  • identify a transfer institution (as soon as possible),
  • know the admission requirements to the university,
  • in case of a limited-access major, identify the course and admission requirements,
  • complete these requirements (items listed above) while attending FCCJ,
  • complete all of the requirements for AA degree, and
  • complete the admission and application process as required by the university.

The FCCJ transfer guide is an overview of the transfer process. This guide, along with the course area admission requirements for the nine Florida state universities, can be obtained in the campus counseling and advising center.

University Transfer (A.S.)

Students graduating from FCCJ with an associate in science degree in radiography, hospitality management, electronics engineering technology, nursing, or business administration and management may articulate into the corresponding bachelor's degree program with junior level standing at designated universities within the state university system, under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (SBE Rule 6A-10-024).

Students enrolled in degrees not identified above who intend to transfer to a state university upper division upon receipt of the associate in science degree will be guaranteed admission to a state university. Graduates of any associate in science degree program may articulate all general education courses and may articulate some technical courses from that program into the corresponding baccalaureate programs in the state university system. Students with AS degrees not covered under statewide articulation agreements who plan to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor or adviser to assist in identifying courses that will ensure the maximum number of course credits are transferred.

University Transfer (A.A.S.)

Students who intend to transfer to a state university upper division upon receipt of the associate in applied science degree must satisfy certain additional requirements before being accepted for transfer. These requirements do not affect the award of the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree by Florida Community College but do affect the ability of the senior institution to accept students with the A.A.S. Degree

Students with A.A.S. degrees who plan to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor to determine the additional requirements necessary for transferring.

Articulation Agreements

State Articulation Agreement

Florida's statewide articulation agreement provides specific guarantees for associate in arts graduates. In essence it provides a 2 + 2 agreement between the 28 Florida community colleges and the nine state universities. The 2 + 2 articulation agreement states that associate in arts (AA) degree graduates of a state-approved Florida community college must be admitted as a junior to any state university as long as the university has space, money and the curriculum to meet the students' needs. This is a student's "right."However, the articulation agreement does not guarantee entrance into a specific major, should that major be "limited access." Most universities are divided into different colleges (e.g. College of Education, College of Business, College of Engineering), each of which establishes its own admission requirements. So whether students spend their first two years at a community college or the university, they still must meet specific admission requirements for that major, usually beginning with the junior year.

The state of Florida has given students certain rights and responsibilities. The following is a brief outline of the articulation agreement.

  1. General Education Core
    Each state university and community college must require at least 36 semester hours in the liberal arts and sciences; these hours are collectively termed the general education core curriculum. Once students have been certified by the community college on an official transcript as having satisfactorily completed the prescribed core curriculum, with or without the completed associate in arts (AA) degree, no other state institution to which they may transfer can require further general education core curriculum. If they do not complete the general education core curriculum before transferring, the General Education Requirements must be satisfied according to the requirements of the new institution.
  2. Associate in Arts Degree
    The associate in arts (AA) degree is awarded according to the following conditions.
    1. completion of at least 60 semester hours - these hours include the 36 semester hours of general education core curriculum, prerequisites and electives that have prior approval by the state university system, and
    2. a minimum 2.0 GPA in all attempted courses that comprise the AA degree and all such courses taken at the community college awarding the degree - only the final grade received is used to compute this average. A grade of "D" will transfer and count toward the baccalaureate degree provided the institution to which students transfer does the same for native students. Individual departments determine whether courses with "D"grades will be accepted toward any major.
  3. Accelerated Programs
    One of the goals of articulation is to allow students to advance easily, equitably and rapidly through the educational system. There are seven acceleration methods, beginning at the high school level and proceeding upward through the system: Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Pro gram, Early Admission, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) and the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP).
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    Credits awarded on the basis of scores achieved on examinations in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) are transferable. Credits earned by general examinations and subject examinations must be accepted by the upper division institution. However, no more than six semester credits can be transferred from each of five areas: English, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences/history. A total of 45 CLEP credits is the maximum that may be accepted in transfer.
  5. Advanced Placement (AP) Credits
    Credits awarded on the basis of the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) are transferable. The credits are awarded based on College Board AP scores of three, four or five on any of the examinations in the program. College Board AP credit that duplicates CLEP credit shall not be awarded or accepted in transfer.
  6. The Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES)
    Credits awarded on the basis of scores achieved on examinations in the DANTES program are transferable.
  7. Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) Credits
    Credits awarded on the basis of the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) are transferable.
  8. Electives for Major
    The state university that awards the baccalaureate degree will determine which elective courses taken at the community college can apply toward a specific major.
  9. Limited Access
    Limited access enrollment criteria must be established and published by the university in catalogs, counseling manuals and other appropriate publications. Community college transfer students shall have the same opportunity to enroll in university limited access programs as native university students. (Limited access programs must be approved by the State Board of Education and registered with the articulation coordinating committee. It is required that the university denying students admission to a limited access program inform students of other educational options.)
  10. Catalog Year
    The catalog year (e.g., 2002 - 2003) in which a student initially entered the College is also the catalog that is in effect when students enter the university, provided they maintain continuous enrollment as defined in the university catalog. Because course requirements change from year to year, a university catalog should be obtained for the academic year that a student first entered the community college in order to determine the upper division prerequisites for the individual majors.
  11. Common Course Numbering System
    Credits earned in the state community college system are identical to those at the state university as long as the common course designation has the same prefix and last three digits. Transferred credits are used on the same basis as those of native university students.
  12. Articulated Programs
    The Articulation Coordinating Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Education, oversees the articulation agreement. This committee makes sure that students rights are safeguarded. The members of the committee can review individual cases of student transfer and admissions difficulties, and then recommend resolutions. Committee members also recommend policies and procedures to improve articulation systemwide.
For more information concerning student rights and the articulation agreement, contact a counselor or the university articulation officer.

Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) Statewide Agreement

In November 1992, the signing of an articulation agreement took place between the State Board of Community Colleges and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. Florida has long been a leader in the articulation of students between Florida's Community College System and the public State University System and, once again, Florida has taken the lead by the signing of a statewide agreement between the Community College System and the private colleges and universities.

The intent of the agreement was to establish an effective and orderly transfer process for students entering a state community college, completing an associate in arts degree and transferring to an independent college or university. Under the agreement, community college students holding an associate in arts degree are guaranteed junior standing, recognition of the general education core and the application of a minimum of 60 credits hours toward the baccalaureate degree. For each college and university a counseling manual is available in the student affairs office on each campus. The manual contains admission and course prerequisite information to properly advise students planning to transfer to these institutions.

Transcript Requests

Upon request of students, the College will provide to the students or to individuals or institutions designated by the students, an official transcript of their academic record. Transcript requests may be made in person or in writing to the campus enrollment services office. Transcript requests will be taken by telephone if the recipient of the transcript is another educational institution.

No transcript request will be processed until all financial obligations to the college are clear and the student’s admission file is complete.

Students are advised to make requests for transcripts approximately two weeks before the transcript is needed.

Graduation Information (College Credit)

Honors Graduation

Honors graduation is determined by students' all college cumulative grade point average at the end of the term they graduate, as follows.

with honors 3.5 - 3.74
with high honors 3.75 or higher

Note: Since the annual commencement program is printed prior to the recording of grades for the spring term, it is necessary to identify honors candidates for the spring term, for commencement program purposes only, based upon their all-college cumulative grade point average at the beginning of the spring term.

Graduation and Commencement

FCCJ holds one commencement exercise each year at the end of the second academic term. However, students may be graduated at the end of any term in which they complete the graduation requirements. Submit a graduation application no later than the graduation application priority deadline of the term you anticipate completing your program requirements. Graduation application deadline dates are listed in the college calendar. By submitting a graduation application it will be determined if you have met all of the requirements of your program. You will be notified by mail of your graduation status. Each term all students meeting program graduation or completion requirements will be graduated irrespective of submitting an application. A graduation notation will be made on your academic record. Diplomas and certificates will be ordered after your final grades and degree audit are verified and only for students that have completed a graduation application. Students graduating at the end of summer or fall terms may participate in the next formal commencement exercise. Students requesting special permission to walk in the commencement exercise should request in writing to their campus dean of student success. Students graduating at the end of spring term are strongly encouraged to attend the ceremony. Graduation dates will be the date of the end of the term in which students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate.

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