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June 23, 2018

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ICUF Institutions Announce Expansion of Online Degree Programs

Florida Independent Colleges Adding Additional Resources to Meet the Growing Demand for Increased Access to Higher Education

| 8/16/2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) today announced a significant increase in availability of online degree programs offered by member institutions across the state.

Florida’s independent colleges and universities are currently offering more than 500 fully online degree programs, an increase of 9 percent from 2016. More than 22 percent of ICUF’s 157,000 students are taking advantage of these programs, highlighting the wide range of options available to traditional and non-traditional students. Additionally, ICUF institutions offer nearly 60 fully online graduate certificate programs, allowing working professionals to increase their skills and certifications in a convenient way.

“As technology advances, access to higher education becomes more widely available, creating tremendous potential for students who seek online degree options specifically tailored to their needs,” said Dr. Ed Moore, president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. “The Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC) has set a goal of 55 percent postsecondary attainment by 2025 and ICUF schools have risen to the occasion offering more programs designed to meet that goal. By creating more options online for non-traditional students, ICUF is pursuing innovations that better fit the needs of Florida’s students who are at the center of expanding Florida’s economy and creating a more robust workforce.”

Twenty of ICUF’s 30 institutions are now offering multiple online degree programs. The online degree programs cover a wide range of subjects including science, technology, engineering and math fields.

To view and search available programs, visit the ICUF Distance Learning Database, here.

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