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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Jun 24, 2018
 
2013-2014 Catalog [Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014] 
    
2013-2014 Catalog [Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014] [Archived Catalog]

Student Services, Resources and Activities


Academic and Career Planning
Assessment and Certification
Library/Learning Commons
Other Student Services
Special Programs and Services
University Transfer Information
Graduation Information
Student Development


Academic and Career Planning

Career Development Centers

As a part of the College’s role of helping individuals reach their full potential, career planning services are offered at the Career Development Center on each campus.

Services available in the career development centers include:

  1. career related aptitude, interest and temperament testing;
  2. career research (with current information on occupations, job requirements and career opportunities);
  3. computerized career planning, (an easy–to–use computer system that helps students with career decisions);
  4. career options (self–directed, step–by–step career planning);
  5. career counseling, courses (SLS 1301 Career Planning and the World of Work, SLS 1401 Computerized Career Exploration and SLS 1933 Selected Topics in Student Life Skills), workshops and seminars; and
  6. job search and selection.

Students who are undecided about their future career plans are encouraged to make an appointment at your campus Career Development Center to begin the career planning process.

Academic Advising

To assist you in making the best choices regarding courses needed to meet your objectives, Florida State College at Jacksonville provides academic advisement. Pertinent information is available on:

  • selection of courses,
  • course prerequisites,
  • transfer requirements,
  • effective study methods,
  • academic progress,
  • available college resources and
  • other such areas of concern to students.

Advising also provides assistance with class scheduling and graduation requirements.

Important: The State of Florida may limit the number of credits a student may take toward his or her degree. You are encouraged to choose a major early to ensure completion of your degree within the credit limit. If you need help choosing a major, make an appointment with an advisor.

Academic Planning Checklist

One of the most important things that you can do to increase your chances of success in college is to have an effective academic plan. Use this checklist to guide your progress, checking off each item as it is completed.

  • Clearly state your goals.
  • Relate your goals to career options.
  • Determine the educational requirements of your career objective.
  • Explore the educational options available to you.
  • Decide on an educational option.
  • Plan the completion of educational requirements such as course requirements, transfer requirements, licensing requirements, etc.
  • Identify College resources that can assist you.
  • Identify co–curricular activities that can help prepare you for success by enhancing your educational experience.
  • Seek the mentorship of professors teaching in areas related to your career objective.
  • Identify opportunities to become involved in your field of study before you graduate through cooperative education or internships.
  • Periodically review your academic plan with an advisor in light of your academic experience.
  • Prepare yourself for graduation with employability skills such as interviewing techniques and resume writing.

The advisors within your advising center are specially trained to assist you with these tasks. The sooner you get started, the better your chances for success. Certainly, sometime during your first term of enrollment you should get started with this process of academic planning. Make an appointment today!

Degree Audit

You have five years from your term of entry to graduate under your original catalog requirements. It is your responsibility to monitor your progress and enroll for appropriate classes. You should check the accuracy of your degree audit each term. Pay attention to the following items.

  • name, student number, address and program of study
  • courses required for your program of study and the required grades for those courses
  • any additional general education hours required for your degree
  • NOTE - THIS CATALOG IS VALID UNTIL THE END OF SUMMER TERM 2017 (A.A. degree–seeking students may, under certain circumstances, elect to change their catalog year. Contact your campus Student Success Center if you wish to discuss this option.)
  • total number of earned hours required for graduation
  • currently enrolled courses
  • any messages listed under the statement: “STUDENT CANNOT GRADUATE THIS TERM BECAUSE OF THE FOLLOWING REASON(S)”

Your advisor will be glad to assist you in learning to use the degree audit. Schedule an appointment by calling or stopping by your campus Student Success Center.

Articulation Issues

Florida state universities are required to admit community college students with A.A. and some A.S. degrees; however, universities may require specific courses for acceptance to limited access programs. For the student’s benefit, the College will work with the appropriate institution to inform students of limited access program requirements, and other requirements, which might affect transfer and graduation. Upon verification, the College honors course substitutions that have been approved by other institutions.

Classes That Can Increase Your Chances for Success (SLS)

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers courses that can help you prepare for success. Some of these classes are:

  • SLS 0005 Foundations of College Success and SLS 1103 Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life help you learn skills and behaviors to excel in the classroom and in your career.
  • SLS 1201 Personal Development - gives you a better understanding of yourself, others and the environment in which you interact.
  • SLS 1301 Career Planning and the World of Work - allows you to examine your own skills and interests as they relate to choosing a career and teaches you how to use career resources to explore different career options, and
  • SLS 1401 Computerized Career Exploration - provides an opportunity for you to examine work related interests, values and abilities related to career choice through a self–paced, independent process.

Workshops on a variety of topics are also offered by the campus Student Success Center.

Assessment and Certification

The mission of the Assessment and Certification Centers at Florida State College at Jacksonville is to provide access to high quality services to our students, community, and faculty while ensuring examination integrity in a secure and test friendly environment. Our focus is to provide meaningful services to our customers while promoting the academic, career, and personal goals of the individuals we serve. We adhere to National College Testing Association (NCTA) standards.

Each campus has a comprehensive assessment and certification center offering a full range of services during the day and some evenings. Limited services are available at other locations as well. One or more of the College’s centers are authorized testing sites for ACT, SAT, LaserGrade, and Pearson VUE. For complete and current assessment information visit the assessment and certification Web page.

Testing accommodations are available for student with disabilities. Students desiring testing accommodations should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.

Earn College Credits by Examination

Students may earn up to 45 semester hours credit toward an associate degree through credit–by–examination. This may be a combination of International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES subject standardized tests (DSST), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs) and/or transfer credit. Credit not counted within this 45–hour limit may be obtained by participation in College Course Challenge Examinations (CCCE). For more information regarding the following tests, contact the campus assessment and certification center. AP, IB, CLEP and DSST official score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.

Advanced Placement Test (AP) is a nationally developed program for acquiring college credit most commonly used by students still enrolled in high school. The assessment is administered through the high schools and credit is granted by the college for scores of three, four or five on approximately 38 approved tests.

College Course Challenge Exams (CCCE) (formerly known as PEP exams or the Florida State College at Jacksonville Proficiency Exam Program) are part of a Florida State College at Jacksonville-developed assessment program for awarding credit for prior learning.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a Geneva–based program of study offered through high schools throughout the world. The program consists of a comprehensive system of courses and examinations that focus on the development of a high quality liberal arts education. Florida State College at Jacksonville may award up to a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit.

Excelsior College Examination (ECE) (formerly known as Regents College Exams or the ACT Proficiency Examination Program), are part of a nationally developed program approved by the American Council on Education (ACE). The assessments are administered locally at approved Pearson VUE testing centers and credit is granted based on passing grade of “C” or above on fifteen approved tests.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationally developed program for credit–by–examination. Credit is granted for a passing score of "50" on approximately 38 tests approved by the State Board of Education. This computerized assessment is administered by appointment at any campus assessment and certification center.

The DSST program (formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is an extensive series of examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. Military personnel may obtain information, applications and a list of approved tests from the Navy Campus for Achievement (NCFA) offices on local Navy bases or education offices in other branches of the military service. Non–military students may contact the campus assessment and certification centers for information concerning registration, tests and fees. Credit is awarded on ACE recommended guidelines.

Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an international, advanced secondary curriculum and assessment program that students participate in while still in high school. The assessment is administered through the high school and credit is granted by the college for passing scores for courses taken in the 6 approved subject areas. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center. Official score reports can be obtained by contacting Kent Campus assessment and certification center.

College Credit Entry Placement Assessments

The State of Florida requires certain degree-seeking students to take a college placement assessment prior to their first term of enrollment and every two years thereafter (if necessary). There are five college placement assessments: FCAT, ACT, CPT, PERT and SAT. These assessments are developed by state and national testing agencies with the help of committees of college professors and are the only placement assessments approved for use by the State of Florida. The assessments provide information about current knowledge in reading, English, and mathematics. By assessing skill levels in these three areas, the placement assessments are used to determine the beginning English, mathematics, and reading courses most likely to lead to success as you enter Florida State College at Jacksonville. Additional information and resources are available on the College Placement Assessments Web pages. Policies involving college placement assessments are set by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and are subject to change.

Exceptions to the Required Placement Assessments

Students having the following qualifications may not need to take the placement test or show scores.

  • Associate or higher degree holders
    Student must show proof of holding the degree.
  • Transfer students with relevant coursework
    Student may provide an unofficial transcript of prior coursework, otherwise, coursework must be evaluated and on file.
  • Returning students with relevant coursework or scores from other institutions
    Scores or coursework must be evaluated and on file.
  • Non-degree seeking students
    Students may not take English, reading, or mathematics courses or courses requiring English, reading, or mathematics until they have taken the placement test.
  • Transient students
    Students must be approved by their “home” college or university prior to requesting permission to take courses as a transient student at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

College Placement Testing for Non–Credit Programs

The College’s assessment and certification centers administer placement testing for those individuals entering adult education programs: Polytechnic Academy, Adult Basic Education (ABE), Pathways High School Equivalency, and Adult High School (AHS). Campus assessment and certification centers also administer the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) required of all students exiting workforce certificate programs of 450 hours and above.

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Assessment and certification centers administer the state mandated TABE to those students enrolled in workforce certificate programs of 450 or more contact hours. Usually students take the TABE within the first six weeks of enrollment, however, some programs require TABE testing prior to program entry. The TABE is also a state requirement for those enrolling in selected adult education programs.

Workforce certificate program students may exempt the TABE through several methods:

  • Hold an A.A.S. or higher degree from an accredited college, community college, or university.
  • Score 440 or higher on the SAT verbal or critical reading test and 440 or higher on the mathematics test within the last two years.
  • Within the last two years, meet the state–level requirements on the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) of 83 on the reading comprehension test, 83 on the sentence skills test, and 72 on the elementary algebra subtest.
  • Score 17 or higher on the ACT English, 19 or higher on the ACT mathematics and 18 or higher on the ACT reading within the last two years.
  • Earn a “C” or better on ENC1101 to be exempted from reading and language and/or earn a grade of “C” or better on MAT1033 or a higher level mathematics course to be exempted from Mathematics.

GED® Test

The paper-based GED® is a fee based examination administered at Downtown, North and South Campuses, and Cecil Center, on a regularly scheduled basis to individuals who are at least 18 years of age (individuals who are 16 or 17 can test with an age waiver from the school board). Students must register in advance, at the campus or center of their choice, prior to taking the paper-based GED® examination. The paper-based GED® will be discontinued at the end of 2013.

The computer-based GED® is also a fee based examination that is administered at Downtown, Kent, North, and South Campuses, and Deerwood Center. Testing appointments are available Monday through Saturday. For computer-based GED® test date availability visit the GED® Testing Services Web page.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

Specialized Tests

Career and Interest Assessments

Career and interest assessments are available at each campus and online. These assessments provide useful information to career decision-making. Contact the campus career development center or assessment and certification center for further details.

Proctored and Institutional Testing Services

Testing is provided to those individuals and companies who need secure testing conditions, such as testing for an online course from another institution. Arrangements for testing services and fees may be made through the assessment and certification centers in advance of the testing date.

Specialized Tests for Professional Licensures and Certifications

For a complete listing of licensures and certifications offered at Florida State College at Jacksonville, visit the Certifications and Licensures Web page.

Library/Learning Commons

The Library/Learning Commons (LLC) is an instructional area of the College designed to offer students a variety of teaching, learning and research resources. LLC services include individual and small group tutoring; traditional and virtual library services and materials; subject-specific instruction including orientations; free workshops; study areas; and access to tutorials, computers and multimedia technology. For more information about services, hours of operation, and access to online resources, visit the LLC Web page.

Other Student Services

Child Care Center Services

Child care centers are located at Downtown, Kent, North and South campuses. All centers are open Monday through Friday during the day. Ages generally accepted are one to five years. Voluntary Pre–Kindergarten is offered at most locations. Students are eligible for discounted fees for child care services. Child care scholarships are also available to eligible students.

Contact your campus Chappell Child Development Center to enroll your child.

  • Downtown Campus: (904) 632-3122
  • North Campus: (904) 713-6010/6011
  • South Campus: (904) 646-2225
  • Kent Campus: (904) 381-3445

Bookstore

The bookstores are operated by a commercial bookstore operator. Textbooks, supplementary material, supplies and other items are available through each campus bookstore. Requirements for courses in which the individuals are enrolled should be obtained prior to the purchase of books and supplies. Financial arrangements are matters between students and the bookstore.

Check out your campus Follett Bookstore or order books online.

  • Downtown Campus: (904) 356-9918
  • Kent Campus: (904) 384-9431
  • North Campus: (904) 766-6631
  • South Campus: (904) 646-2000
  • Deerwood Center: (904) 928-9973

Student Injuries

The College pays claims for student athletes on scholarship who are injured while participating in College authorized sporting activities.

The College insurance covers defined categories of students (nurses, paramedics, cosmetology, physical therapy, dental, radiology, etc.) who are injured while participating in College authorized clinical activities.

If an injury occurs, report it immediately to the coach, instructor, or College staff on duty at the time of the incident and/or summons emergency medical treatment.

A Notification of Injury Report must be completed and signed by the student and College staff (coach or instructor on duty at the time of the incident). Students covered under any other health/accident insurance or prepayment plan must provide policy information as requested on the Notification of Injury Report.

Special Programs and Services

Services for Students with Disabilities

Educational support services are provided through the Auxiliary Aids Program within the Office of Services for Students With Disabilities.

As appropriate, the following services can be provided upon receipt of documentation of a student’s disability.

  • Notetaker
  • Tutor
  • Reader
  • Scribe
  • Interpreter
  • Testing Accommodations
  • Adaptive Equipment/Software
  • Enlarged or Brailled Instruction Material
  • Course Substitutions
  • Voter Registration

Any student with a disability requesting assistance may contact the Office of Services for Students With Disabilities on the appropriate campus.

  • North Campus and Nassau Center: (904) 766-6784 Voice and TDD
  • Downtown Campus, Urban Resource Center and Open Campus: (904) 633-8488 Voice and TDD
  • Kent Campus: (904) 381-3500 Voice and TDD
  • South Campus and Deerwood Center: (904) 646-2191 Voice and TDD
  • Director of Services for Students with Disabilities: (904) 632-5007

For additional information and resources, visit the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities Web page.

Independent Living for Adult Blind (ILAB)

ILAB is an instructional program for adults who have vision loss to a degree that they experience some difficulty in their daily activities. Through guidance and specialized training offered through the ILAB program, individuals learn necessary skills for work and independence in their home and community. Training is offered at no cost to individuals. Eligibility is determined by the State Division of Blind Services. Learn more about ILAB.

Rosanne R. Hartwell Women’s Center

The Rosanne R. Hartwell Women’s Center has been helping women succeed personally and professionally since 1974. The Women’s Center is located in Suite E-100 at South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd. All programs area available to members of the community as well as Florida State College at Jacksonville students. Most programs are free.

For information on Women’s Center programs, call (904) 633-8311.

Programs for College Bound Middle and High School Students

College Reach Out Program (CROP) is an early intervention program, focusing on students in grades 6 thru 9. Call (904) 633-8179 or (904) 632-3175 for additional details.

Gaining Resources and Developing Skills (GRADS) is a year–round program for rising juniors and seniors. Call (904) 633-8273 or (904) 632-3175 for additional details.

Format for Affecting Minority Enrollment (FAME) is a college orientation program for 10th thru 12th grade students. Call (904) 632-3175 for additional details.

Upward Bound is a year–round program for 9th thru 12th grade students in the Nassau County schools. For information call (904) 766-4446.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance program provides students with free and confidential resources to cope with a wide range of issues that may affect your studies (APM 11-0704).

University Transfer Information

Associate in Arts University Transfer

Any student transferring from Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 (before accumulating 24 college credit hours);
  • identify a transfer institution (before accumulating 30 college credit hours);
  • 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 Florida State College at Jacksonville;
  • complete all of the requirements for A.A. degree; and
  • complete the admission and application process as required by the university.

There are many things to think about when transferring to another college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. If you need assistance in identifying a transfer institution, please use the Transfer Planning Checklist available on the Transfer Services Web page. This checklist guides students through the process of determining goals and educational needs, as well as the type, location/course delivery, cost, value and accreditation of potential transfer institutions. Determine if Florida State College at Jacksonville has a transfer articulation agreement with any of your selected institutions and for the specific major. Determine which of the colleges on your chart best fit your goals and educational needs and rank them in order of preference.

The Florida State College at Jacksonville university transfer guide is an overview of the transfer process. This guide, along with the admission requirements for the 11 Florida state universities, can be found on the College Web site.

Associate in Science University Transfer

Students graduating from Florida State College at Jacksonville with an associate in science degree in radiography, hospitality and tourism management, nursing, criminal justice technology, computer engineering technology, 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 A.S. degrees not covered under statewide articulation agreements who plan to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor or advisor to assist in identifying courses that will ensure the maximum number of course credits are transferred.

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 state colleges and the eleven state universities. The 2 + 2 articulation agreement states that associate in arts (A.A.) degree graduates of a state–approved Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 state university or 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 communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities and natural 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 (A.A.) 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 (A.A.) degree is awarded according to the following conditions.
    1. a. completion of 60 semester hours in an established program of study including the 36 semester hours of general education core curriculum, and the common program prerequisites and electives that have prior approval by the state university system, and
    2. b. a minimum 2.0 GPA in all attempted courses that comprise the A.A. 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 associate and baccalaureate degree in the same way as “D” grades obtained by native students in the receiving state university. The receiving state university will determine whether courses with “D” grades will be accepted toward any major. The 60 hours that comprise a completed Associate in Arts degree shall be accepted in total upon transfer to an upper division program at a state university.
  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 Program, Early Admission, College–Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), 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. 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. Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE)
    Transfer of Advanced International Certificate of Education credit under terms of this rule is mandatory, provided that the award of credit is consistent with the Articulation Coordinating Committee’s recommended minimum scores and the statutory maximum amount of 30 credits.
  7. The Defense Activity for Non–Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
    Credits awarded on the basis of scores achieved on examinations in the DANTES program are transferable.
  8. Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) Credits
    Excelsior College Examinations, formerly known as the Regents College Examinations or the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP). Credits awarded on the basis of the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) are transferable.
  9. Electives for Major
    The state university that awards the baccalaureate degree will determine major course requirements, including courses taken at the community college for a specific major.
  10. Limited Access
    Limited access program selection and 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 baccalaureate 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.)
  11. Catalog Year
    The catalog year (e.g., 2013–2014) 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.
  12. Statewide Course Numbering System
    Credits earned in the state community college system are identical to those at the state university as long as the statewide course designation has the same prefix and last three digits. Transferred credits are used on the same basis as those of native university students.
  13. Articulated Programs
    The Articulation Coordinating Committee, appointed by the Florida State Board 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 credit hours toward the baccalaureate degree. The ICUF manual contains admission and course prerequisite information to properly advise students planning to transfer to these institutions. This manual can be found on the FACTS.org Web site (Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students).

Transcript Requests

We have many convenient ways for you to request your academic transcript (and it’s always free).

  1. Request Your Transcript Online
    If you want to send an official transcript to another school, your home address, or any other address, you can log on to Connections, the College’s online student services site, and make your request online.
  2. Mail Us a Written Request
    In requesting your transcripts, you must always include: your full name, former last names, current address, telephone number, your date of birth and dates of enrollment; as well as the name and address of the agency or person who will be receiving your transcripts, and finally, your signature. For faster processing, you may include your social security number. Mail your request to: Florida State College at Jacksonville, Attention: Student Records Office, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515.
  3. Fax a Written Request
    Fax your request to (904) 632-5099, and include all the information mentioned above for a mailed request.
  4. Complete a Request Form on Campus
    You can pick up and complete a request form at any campus enrollment services office. At South, Downtown, Kent and North campuses, Cecil Center and Deerwood Center, the transcript is printed in the business office. At all other locations, the signed request form is sent to the Student Records office for processing. A photo ID is required when picking up transcripts.
  5. Just Need an Unofficial Transcript?
    You can get an unofficial transcript through Connections, the College’s online student services site.

Allow three working days for your transcript request to be processed and mailed via US postal mail or electronically. Transcripts are sent electronically to Florida public community colleges, state colleges and universities. Receipt date of the transcript at the receiving institution is dependent upon the time in which the school checks their electronic mailbox. Electronic transmission can take from one to seven days.

For your privacy and protection, we do not fax transcripts.

No transcript request will be processed until all financial obligations to the college are clear. Certain holds prevent transcript request from being processed.

Graduation Information

Baccalaureate Degree Latin Honors Distinction

Latin Honors distinction for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees is determined by students’ all college cumulative grade point average at the end of the term they graduate, as follows.

  • Cum Laude 3.500–3.649
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.650–3.799
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.80 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.

Lower Division Honors Graduation

Honors or High Honors graduation for Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees and the Applied Technology Diplomas is determined by the student’s all-college cumulative grade point average at the end of the term the student graduates as follows:

  • Honors 3.500–3.749
  • High Honors 3.750-4.00

Graduation and Commencement

Graduation dates will be the date of the end of the term in which students complete all graduation requirements for the degree or certificate. Each term all students meeting program graduation or completion requirements will be automatically graduated. A graduation notation will be made on the student’s transcript after final grades and degree audit are verified. Diplomas will be mailed to students who have graduated six to eight weeks after the degree is awarded and reflected on the student’s transcript.

A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student is deemed eligible for meeting the academic requirements.

The College holds one commencement exercise each year at the end of the second academic term, generally in May. However, students may be graduated at the end of any term in which they complete the graduation requirements.

Students graduating at the end of the spring term are strongly encouraged to attend the ceremony. Students graduating at the end of the 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.

Refer to the College’s graduation Web page for more information about commencement and graduation.

Student Development

Clubs and Organizations

Campus Organizations

Numerous campus student organizations are available at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Some of the organizations include Phi Theta Kappa, an organization which recognizes academic achievement; Forensic Team; literary and art magazine; Brain Bowl Team; and the International Student Association. Campus Student Life and Leadership Development offices provide assistance and encouragement to those interested in starting new organizations and support for existing organizations.

The organization advisor, president and treasurer should contact the campus Student Life and Leadership Development office for complete information before any financial transactions are initiated or any membership dues are collected.

Campus Student Volunteer Centers

Florida State College at Jacksonville students contribute a tremendous amount of time and effort to the northeast Florida community through the activities of the campus student volunteer centers. The student volunteer centers connect students with the types of organizations in which they would like to volunteer and keep track of students’ volunteer hours. The campus student volunteer coordinator, a student position, can be contacted through each of the Student Life and Leadership Development offices.

Student Government Association

Each campus has a Student Government Association (SGA) which is recognized as the official student organization representing students at the College. Each campus SGA is charged with the responsibility of participating in the College’s governing process through the student, faculty and administrative campus councils. Each campus SGA also participates in the SGA executive board, thus coordinating the Collegewide needs of students. Each campus SGA is a member of the statewide Florida College System Student Government Association.

Student Leadership Program

The College’s student leadership development program presents leadership activities and workshops on all campuses throughout the term. In addition, retreats and workshops which incorporate low ropes courses and other outdoor activities are presented at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Nassau Center, a 40–acre wooded site in Yulee complete with everything needed for a weekend retreat. Timely topics and fun experiential learning exercises help you develop your leadership skills.

Arts and Literary Arts

Performing Organizations

These organizations offer college credit or have emerged from college credit courses. A wide variety of quality educational offerings provide diverse activities that enrich individual students and the college at large, and contribute to the community. Included among these organizations are the Florida State College at Jacksonville Chorale, DramaWorks, the Florida State College at Jacksonville Jazz Band, Jubilee Singers, and the Florida State College at Jacksonville Symphonic Band.

Student Newspaper

The Campus Voice, the College’s student newspaper, focuses on issues and events which involve students at the college. It is printed twice a month during the fall and spring terms. Students may serve as writers, editors, photographers, and graphic designers. No experience is necessary, and scholarships are available.

Artist Series

Broadway spectaculars that have dazzled New York audiences come to Jacksonville through the Artist Series. Professionally produced national and international touring attractions, such as “CATS,” “Rent,” “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Miss Saigon,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Always Patsy Cline” have been presented at the Times Union Center for The Arts, the Florida Theatre and the Wilson Center for the Arts.

Professional dance companies, symphonies, musical and comedy troupes known throughout the world have entertained Florida State College at Jacksonville students. Other internationally known talents who have performed include Kenny Chesney, George Benson, the Smothers Brothers, Dionne Warwick and Wynton Marsalis.

As a student you are eligible to receive substantial discounts to many cultural events scheduled by the Artist Series.

Recreation Activities

In addition to intramural/extramural activities, the College provides a complete game center and a lounge for TV viewing on each campus. The student center is a place to unwind and make friends while playing billiards, ping pong or video games. For the exercise–minded, there is a fitness room on each campus where you may work out with Nautilus or other weight–training equipment.

Campus Life

Variety is the key word in describing the many opportunities offered on campus. From singers, dancers and comedians to lectures, discussions or art displays, a long list of performers appear on the Florida State College at Jacksonville stage or other venues. Many of these opportunities have direct connections with your classroom studies.

Sports

Intramural/Recreational Activities

Both group and individualized intramural/recreational activities are provided by the College. Activities include flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, bowling, table tennis, horseshoes, billiards and golf. Special discount passes to a variety of community recreational facilities, including bowling, golf, driving ranges, miniature golf and movies are also available at substantial savings from each campus Student Life and Leadership Development office.

Intercollegiate Athletics

A diverse program of intercollegiate athletics is available at the College. Basketball (men’s and women’s), tennis (women’s) and volleyball (women’s) are sports activities based at the South Campus. North Campus is the location for baseball and softball.

Students may participate in the Collegewide intercollegiate athletic program regardless of the campus where they attend classes. Students interested in participation should contact the coach or the director of athletics and physical education.

Florida State College at Jacksonville is a member of the Mid–Florida Conference of the Florida College System Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association.