Baccalaureate Degree Proposal Resources

Florida College System Authorized Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Florida colleges have been granted authorization from the Legislature to offer bachelor's degrees to meet local and regional workforce need and demand (section 1007.33, F.S). A complete list of all approved baccalaureate degree programs in the Florida College System by institution can be found on the FLDOE website.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges requirements (SACSCOC)

Seminole State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates an diplomas at approved degree levels. Seminole State is required to report substantive changes to SACSCOC. New programs are considered a substantive change and require approval of the substantive change before the program can begin. The review and approval process involves an extensive look at curriculum, faculty, facilities, library holdings, student support, admissions requirements, and other factors to ensure program rigor and quality. SACSCOC accreditation is institutional in nature, and SACSCOC does not accredit specific degrees or programs.

The SACSCOC approval process takes approximately six months and approvals occur twice each year (July and December). Program managers, Deans, and others involved in launching new baccalaureate programs should plan accordingly to work with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research to ensure that requests for approval are completed and submitted to the Commission when needed and SACSCOC approval is completed before classes begin.