SCF asks state OK for new degree program

eearl@bradenton.comFebruary 20, 2014 

State College of Florida natural science instructor Eric Warrick demonstrates how to prepare test tubes filled with sample soil. SCF is collaborating with Yale University on a pilot project to test for antibiotics in bacteria. ERICA EARL/Bradenton Herald

MANATEE -- The State College of Florida Board of Trustees approved sending a letter of intent Tuesday to the Florida State Board of Education asking to offer a new bachelor of applied science degree in supervision and management.

The new degree program will incorporate three existing baccalaureate programs -- energy technology management, international business and trade and technology management. Pending approval by the state, the new program title is expected to be effective in the 2015 fall term.

"Combining these bachelor's programs under the supervision and management umbrella makes sense," said Chairman Craig Trigueiro. "It's a better utilization of staff and resources and allows the programs to continue to grow."

The State College of Florida expects to cut costs with the new degree program by consolidating three existing programs, which have sever

al overlapping courses, including applied project management, applied organizational behavior and financial management.

"We're always interested in identifying efficiencies and economies of scale while maintaining our programs' high standards," SCF President Carol Probstfeld said. "Grouping the international business and trade, technology management, and energy Technology management programs under the supervision and management umbrella title accomplishes both objectives."

The State College of Florida has discussed the possibility of the new program with its partners at the University of South Florida, New College, Ringling College of Art and Design and Eckerd College.  

It is still early in the process of launching the new degree program, and board approval to send the letter of intent to the state is the first official step. SCF expects to send the full application for the new degree this spring.

Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.

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