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The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the name change from Brevard Community College to Eastern Florida State College that occurred on July 1, 2013.
Click each question to see the answer.
Question 1: When was the new name approved?
The College’s Board of Trustees approved Eastern Florida State College as the institution’s
new name on Dec. 17, 2012, following a four-month study.
The Florida Legislature approved the name change during the spring 2013 legislative session and it was then signed by Gov. Rick Scott. The new name became official July 1, 2013.
Question 2: Why was the name change needed?
The change was necessary because the College becomes a Level 2 institution when it starts offering four-year bachelor degrees in August 2013. The new name recognizes its status as a four-year state college.
The name also reflects the College’s expanded mission to meet local, regional and statewide workforce needs.
Some 22 other institutions in the 28-member Florida College System have also changed their names when they started offering four-year degrees in recent years.
The moves come after the Florida Legislature passed a law in 2008 allowing Florida community colleges to offer four-year degrees and become state colleges because Florida was not producing enough baccalaureate degrees to meet future workforce needs.
Question 3: Does the College still have a community college mission?
Yes. Eastern Florida State College remains firmly committed to its roots. It will continue to offer more than 100 two-year Associate degrees and certificate programs, and is adding new A.A. degrees. The A.A. degrees and certificate programs will always be the College’s primary mission.
Question 4: What new four-year degrees are being offered?
Initially, the College is offering of Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in General Business Management and Health Care Management. In August 2014, additional Bachelor's Degrees are planned in:
- Public Safety Management
- Sales and Marketing Management
- Advanced Allied Health
- Biomedical Sciences
- Software Development
- Program Development and Project Management
- Networking Services
Question 5: How does the name change affect tuition?
Tuition for two-year associate degrees courses will continue to be set by the state of Florida at the community college level. Tuition for four-year baccalaureate degree courses will be set at the state college rate, not the state university rate.
Question 6: Does the name change affect a student’s ability to be accepted into the University of Central Florida or other four-year universities?
No. Students who graduate with two-year degrees will still receive automatic entry into UCF through the “DirectConnect” program. They will also be eligible for entry into other four-year public universities in Florida and Florida Tech.
Question 7: I’m a current student, what will my diploma say?
Students graduating in December 2012 and May 2013 received diplomas from Brevard Community College. Students who graduate starting in Summer Term 2013 will receive diplomas from Eastern Florida State College.
Question 8: I am an alumnus of Brevard Community College. Which name should I put on my resume?
Question 9: As a graduate of Brevard Community College, can I request a new diploma that says Eastern Florida State College?
Diplomas with the new college name will be provided to BCC graduates upon request. The new diplomas are issued from the Registrar’s Office. A $20 printing fee will be charged.
As of July 1, 2013 all replacement diplomas requested are printed as an Eastern Florida State College diploma. Replacement diplomas for degrees originally conferred before the name change from BCC to EFSC include the statement: “Degree granted by Brevard Community College. This institution officially became Eastern Florida State College on July 1, 2013.”
To request a replacement diploma, use this Duplicate Diploma Request form.
Question 10: What about College transcripts requested after July 1, 2013?
As of July 1, 2013 all transcripts are printed on Eastern Florida State College transcript paper. We have a statement on the transcript legend that gives our history of name changes. The College does not specify under which name a course was taken.
Question 11: Did the College’s email address and URL change?
Yes. The College’s Web address changed from brevardcc.edu to easternflorida.edu. The email address also changed from brevardcc.edu to easternflorida.edu.
Question 12: Has the name of the athletic teams changed?
Question 13: Where else does the name change appear?
Question 14: What process was used to select the new name?
Because the College belongs to the community, College leaders reached deeply into the community for input.
BCC conducted written surveys and focus groups with about 200 people who represented key stakeholders for the college. They included full-time and adjunct faculty, staff, current students, prospective students, alumni and donors. They also included business, community and minority leaders from Titusville to Palm Bay, along with elected officials.
The people surveyed were asked to serve as representatives of their group, organization or constituency to broaden the outreach.
Furthermore, Brevard citizens shared their ideas on a new name using the College’s Facebook page.
The purpose of the in-depth effort was two-fold:
First, to gather extensive information on perceptions of the college and its new mission to help us attract students, build business partnerships and further enhance its academic programs. And second, to ask for ideas on a new name.
Question 15: What was the result of the research?
The research found the following:
- The community strongly supported the College and its mission.
- It wanted the College to create new degree and certificate programs that lead to jobs for graduates.
- It wanted the College to offer more four-year degrees beyond the two that start in August 2013.
- It saw the College as an important driver of economic growth and development in Brevard and the region.
- It believed the new name should fit the College’s new mission.
BCC President, Dr, Jim Richey, took everything into consideration in selecting a name and making his recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
Question 16: What were the key factors in choosing Eastern Florida State college as the new name?
Two things strongly stood out:
Focus groups showed that prospective students wanted a name that went beyond Brevard’s borders, and spoke to the larger world in which they live and the global economy that awaits them.
Furthermore, many business and civic leaders wanted a name that elevated the College on a regional level, and could help us advance the College’s role in creating jobs and spurring economic development.
Both groups were looking at new horizons for the College and wanted College officials to do the same.
In another area, under state law the College is required to meet regional and statewide workforce needs — along with local workforce needs — as it plans the new four-year degrees. As a result, Eastern Florida State College meets that mission as well.