Polk State College President Angela Garcia Falconetti and Florida Polytechnic University President Randy Avent will sign an articulation agreement establishing the first seamless pathway for students from Polk County’s state college to the leading institution of engineering and applied sciences.
The event will be held Tuesday, July 16, at 11:30 a.m. in LLC 2188 on the Polk State Lakeland Campus, located at 3425 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland.
Polk State and Florida Poly have worked toward this transfer-articulation agreement for the past year and it will allow Polk State Associate in Arts graduates to enter Florida Poly with substantial credit toward a bachelor’s degree of their choice. It also includes a 2+2 pathway for the Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics, providing students the opportunity to earn an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in four years.
Polk State students who plan to transfer will have access to Florida Poly advisors to ensure they complete prerequisites and are prepared to meet all admission requirements.
“The establishment of this partnership is monumental as it is the first in the history of the relationship between our two higher education institutions,” Falconetti said. “This articulation agreement will provide Polk State students with the opportunity to seamlessly transfer to Florida Polytechnic University, from one quality program to another.”
“By partnering with Polk State College, Florida Poly opens the door of opportunity to many local students who choose to join the University and complete their education with an in-demand four-year STEM degree,” Avent said. “We’re excited to welcome Polk State students in a smooth transition and look forward to their achievements as Florida Poly graduates and highly sought-after high-tech professionals.”
The completion of this agreement is timely, supporting the Florida Legislature’s ongoing interest in improving retention and on-time completion, as well as fulfilling a requirement outlined in Senate Bill 190, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in June. SB 190, sponsored by Senator Kelli Stargel, requires Florida colleges to execute at least one 2+2 articulation agreement with one or more state universities by the end of the 2019-20 academic year. The 2+2 articulation agreements guarantee all students with Associate in Arts degrees admittance to a state university.
“Florida has an excellent higher education system and one contributing factor is our innovative 2+2 articulation agreement. This agreement allows students to stay closer to home to finish their degrees, often with less debt. That is why I worked hard to encourage these opportunities for students,” Stargel said. “I am excited for the students who attend Polk State College to have a seamless pathway for their credits to be accepted in a bachelor’s program at Florida Polytechnic University. I am thrilled that two of Polk County’s quality higher education entities can work together to offer this excellent educational process to our local students.”
While Florida’s state colleges enjoy the 2+2 articulation agreement with the State University System, which guarantees all students with Associate in Arts degrees admittance to a state university, articulation agreements with specific universities offer students benefits such as guaranteed admittance into specific programs and access to university resources. Polk State students currently benefit from such agreements including the University of Central Florida’s Transfer Connect, the University of South Florida’s Fuse, and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Ignite.
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