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This report describes the 1998-2003 strategic plan of the Florida Community College System (FCCS). The plan's goals include: (1) enrolling 45% of high school graduates in community colleges by expanding partnerships with K-12 schools and improving child-care and transportation alternatives; (2) meeting the challenge of the Florida Chamber of Commerce to supply business and industry with well-educated and trained employees by aligning new program startups with identified business sector needs; (3) making credentialed learning more accessible by applying various modes of instructional delivery in collaboration with university and public school partners; (4) making colleges technologically competitive in support of instructional goals by spurring economic development partnerships around technological advancement; and (5) establishing predictable state budgeting for stability in college planning by developing a comprehensive cost-to-continue budget formula that will promote increased productivity and competitive faculty and staff salaries. Other highlights include: (1) in the past four years, FCCS has assimilated eight major funding and program changes; (2) FCCS degree and certificate productivity is up 22% since 1994; and (3) in 1997-98, the college awarded 37,707 associate degrees and 11,547 certificates. Appended are authorizing statutes, Postsecondary Education Planning Commission goals and recommendations, an academic ethics statement, the design team report; the State Board of Community Colleges strategic plan task force member list, objectives, and acronyms and abbreviations. (Contains 22 references.) (JA)

Descriptors: College Planning, Community Colleges, Enrollment, Environmental Scanning, Futures (of Society), Institutional Characteristics, Mission Statements, Strategic Planning, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.


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