Southern College defers university status
Board of Trustees
accepts recommendation to remain a college
(Feb. 14, 2001) - The oldest church-related college in Florida will
remain a college, at least for now. Florida Southern College’s (FSC)
Board of Trustees on Friday received a recommendation from senior
college officials to defer the discussion on a change to university
as it was to consider becoming a university, we believe that now
is not the time for such a move," said Thomas L. Reuschling,
FSC president. "For now, we will continue to focus on our strengths
as a college while improving programs and services for our students."
For more than
100 years, FSC has provided a values-based education with a liberal
arts core. Its small, student-centered environment has been the
FSC began studying
the feasibility of obtaining university status in November. T. Terrell
Sessums, chairman of the FSC Board of Trustees, said the college
learned a great deal from the study.
a university is a significant change - one that we carefully evaluated,"
Sessums said. "There is certainly merit in switching to university
status, but for now we believe there is more value in remaining
a university would require modest structural changes at Florida
Southern, including staffing and programs. Changing Florida Southern’s
name would also require new logos and artwork for any publications
or signage on campus, an additional cost the board considered.
the word ‘college’ connotes the personalized, student-centered education
that Florida Southern has always provided," said Reuschling.
"Our goal is to serve our students with the excellent teaching
and mentoring for which we are known."
Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal arts college
affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college offers
more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business administration
degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland, Fla.,
the college is home to the largest, single-site collection of Frank
Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.