FloridaShines Gives Adult Learners a Hub of Innovative Educational Services

We've got the resources and support you need. FloridaShines works with the state's 40 colleges and universities and other partners to help you succeed in school and beyond. Check your transcript. Register for an online course. Search libraries across the state. And a whole lot more. All designed to help you shine.

Associated with Florida Shines is Complete Florida, a high-tech, low-hassle way for busy adults to finish their college degrees. We provide students with the freedom to learn, to dream, to achieve their goals.  Founded by the Florida Legislature in 2013, we’re here to help the 2.8 million Floridians – who started college but never finished – get the degrees they need for the jobs they want. Through our Florida partner colleges and universities we offer more than 100 degree programs to choose from. Nursing. Cybersecurity. Business Managagement. 

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Update on Progress:  In November 2015, the Board of Governors approved the State University System’s 2025 Strategic Plan for Online Education1 to guide the future development of online education in the State University System. The SUS 2016 Annual Report for Online Education, the first such report for online education in the System, reflects the progress universities have made in online education, in addition to their opportunities for further improvement.  Highlights below were taken from Online Education State University System of Florida Annual Report  2016 BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVED 3/30/2017.  

  • Florida continued to be a leader in the provision of distance learning courses, ranking second in the nation in the number of students enrolled in distance learning courses. Texas was ranked first.
  • Sixty-one percent (61%) of SUS students took at least one distance learning course in 2015-16.
  • System-wide, 24% of undergraduate credit hours in 2015-16 were taken in distance learning courses.  Read the Full Report.

Details: AcademyOne provides the technology underpinning Florida Shines.   We implemented a state-wide enterprise bus to coordinate online student service requests between institutions supporting the consolidated online catalog, course registration, on-demand degree audit, transient student course approval and access to local institutional services. 

Resources: Case Study ♦ AcademyOne's Higher Education Technology Services

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