SCF ends dual enrollment for highschoolers
State College of Florida (SCF) will no longer offer dual enrollment courses on the campuses of Sarasota and Manatee County schools. Instead, on July 1, 2019 students who wish to enroll in a dual enrollment course will need to take the class online or on an SCF campus. These changes, approved by the SCF Board of Trustees, occurred amid concerns of academic quality in offsite dual enrollment courses. Aside from questions of merit, SCF wished to align the prestige of their dual enrollment program with the recently adopted policies by the accreditation agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). Soon after these adjustments, the Sarasota County School Board approved a new charter school for SCF in Venice. The charter school will service 11th-grade students starting in the Fall of 2019, and will gradually open up in the following years to accommodate for 9th, 10th and 12th-grade students.