New College of Florida touted as a 'best buy'

July 17, 2013 

New College of Florida touted as a 'best buy'

SARASOTA -- New College of Florida received high marks from the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, Colleges of Distinction and, national publications that advise students and families on the best choices for a college education.

The Fiske Guide named New College of Florida as a "best buy" college -- one of just 41 in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The Fiske "best buy" colleges must meet criteria for a top four- or five-star academic rating, and be moderately or low priceed.

Colleges of Distinction listed New College as one of its nearly 300 top-listed institutions. The guide is based on interviews with high school counselors and college officials, alumni and students. named New College one of 27 "Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students," a list including Brown University, Beloit College and Goucher College.

SCF entrepreneur program launched in fall semester

MANATEE -- The State College of Florida will offer another degree and career opportunity through a new associate in science in business administration track with a specialization in entrepreneurship beginning this fall.

Designed to encourage innovative thinkers to pursue business ventures, the entrepreneur track will help students learn how to open, manage and market small businesses. They will participate in events and network with local entrepreneurs and business owners.

The first two courses, including Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Marketing for the Entrepreneur, will be offered at State College of Florida in Bradenton this fall and will later expand to the other campus locations and online. Additional courses to be offered in the future include entrepreneurship finance and taxes, entrepreneurship legal issues and entrepreneurship plan.

For more information, contact Amy Santos, professor and department chair, business and technology, at 941-752-5511 or

SCF recognizes student services employees

MANATEE -- The State College of Florida recognized student service employees at an award ceremony recently at student services professional development day at the Lakewood Ranch campus.

Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services, presented the awards.

Heather Shehorn, coordinator of student development, received the Vice President's Service Excellence Award in recognition of leadership provided by a division manager. Shehorn will attend the League for Innovation in the Community College Conference in spring 2014.

Awards were presented to Peg Abbott, Teri Bouwer, Meri Erickson, Alisha Jackson, Angela Powell, Richard Redding, Mary Reukauf-Reiter, Pat Schaefer and Jeff Snyder for consistently handling difficult situations, exhibiting professional perseverance and providing excellent customer service

Richard Redding, Carmen Serrano, Kay Rinehart, Dana Byrnes, Dennis Anglin, Meredith Heading, Nancy Harrison, Patricia Stouffer, Christie Juhasz, Meri Erickson, Jean Wells, Heather Mills, Melissa Bell and Dee Gatch were recognized for years of service.

-- Compiled by Erica Earl.

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