TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 24, 2014) - Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh and Florida State University President Eric Barron have announced the TCC2FSU Golden Guarantee Program, a strengthened partnership that guarantees transfer from TCC to FSU. This program creates a clear path for admission to FSU for program participants who stay on track meeting academic milestones while earning an Associate in Arts degree at TCC.
The new TCC2FSU Program is tailored to students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree from FSU but choose to begin in a smaller setting for academic, financial or personal reasons. To start right and stay on track for both TCC and FSU degrees, participants will attend customized orientations, be part of a special TCC2FSU student group, have access to individualized advising with TCC and FSU advisers, and opportunities to participate in FSU functions.
Affordability is also an important benefit, as participants will pay TCC tuition rates while earning their A.A. degree. TCC’s current tuition and fees are less than $100 per credit hour, among the lowest of any higher education institution in Florida. Additionally, Bright Futures scholarships go further at TCC, and TCC2FSU students can apply for a host of other scholarships at both TCC and FSU.
“We developed this partnership program because it makes great sense for our community—the more students we bring to Tallahassee, the better our economy and our economic and workforce future,” said TCC President Murdaugh.
Noting Florida State’s reputation for leadership in academics, research, and athletics, Murdaugh added, “There are countless people across the United States who want to earn a degree from Florida State. Because TCC is already the top transfer school to FSU, we thought that laying an accessible pathway to FSU from TCC is the answer.”
“Students who transfer from TCC do exceptionally well at FSU,” FSU President Barron said. TCC is #1 nationally in producing A.A. degrees among two-year colleges.
Department of Education data show that TCC graduates succeed at Florida State at very similar rates to their peers who started as freshmen, noted Murdaugh. “At TCC students also benefit from small classes taught by experienced faculty. They can have very meaningful college experiences by being a part of TCC’s Honors Program, study abroad, intramurals, and student leadership and civic programs.”
Tallahassee Community College is developing a similar transfer program with Florida A&M University. Additionally, TCC students can finish a bachelor’s degree on TCC’s campus through one of five University Partners: Barry University, Embry-Riddle University, Flagler College, St. Leo University and Thomas University. TCC administrators are currently working with additional universities to create guaranteed transfer programs.