U.S. News & World Report

Ranks Florida #1 overall in Higher Education. This was largely due to Florida’s relatively low tuition rates and to Florida’s two-year college graduation rate.  
FCS Press Release

Florida's Higher Ed Tops U.S. News & World Report Rankings


Chancellor Madeline Pumariega was interviewed by WFSU about U.S. News and World Report naming Florida the “Best State for Higher Education".

Florida College System promotes understanding, diversity


In 1799, the first black student attended a college in the United States. Florida, 150 years later, established its first African-American Community College in Pensacola.

Chancellor Madeline Pumariega interviewed on Florida Face to Face


Chancellor Pumariega discusses higher education accessibility, college affordability, and the system’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Joshua Aites enjoys a moment between classes at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City

Homeless students find step up at Florida colleges


In his early 20's, Joshua Aites slept in his car, brushed his teeth at Wal-Mart or public restrooms at the beach piers, and landed in the Panama City Beach Rescue Mission for the homeless for three months.

From left: Charles K. Cross Jr., chair of PBSC Board of Trustees; Jacqueline Rogers, Ed.D., Lake Worth campus dean of health sciences and public safety and founder of the Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation; PBSC President Ava L. Parker; and FCS Chancellor Madeline Pumariega.

Palm Beach State College Medical Simulation Center wins Best Practice Award


(Lake Worth, Fla. – Nov. 3, 2016) The Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation at Palm Beach State College has been chosen by the Florida College System as a 2016 recipient of the Chancellor’s Best Practice Award.

The four Chancellor's Best Practice Awards before being conferred to Broward College, Indian River State College, Palm Beach State College, and South Florida State College at the 67th Association of Florida Colleges convention.

Florida College System Chancellor to Recognize Innovation and Excellence


Today, Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Madeline Pumariega will recognize four colleges for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards. The colleges will be honored for programs of excellence during the Association of Florida Colleges’ 67th Annual Convention in Lake Buena Vista.

WFSU's Tom Flanagan interviews Chancellor Pumariega and other experts on the Florida Prepaid Program

The Florida Prepaid Program & Saving for College


Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega says those who live in the Sunshine state have a valuable option when it comes to financing a higher education. It's called the Florida Prepaid Program.

The Florida College System is a network of Open-Access institutions that provide valuable opportunities to uniquely-abled students

At Florida colleges, Inclusion through Education


“If a police officer tells me to do something, I would, but not all autistic people know how to react,” says 19-year-old Sarah Stephens. The sophomore at Tallahassee Community College was speaking to a recent law enforcement gathering after a caregiver protecting an autism client was wounded by police.

Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega presents a $41,000 check to Hillsborough Community College for first-time-in-college and nursing students at a State Board of Education meeting

Florida College System Foundation Awards Scholarships Funds to Hillsborough Community College


Today at the State Board of Education meeting in Tampa, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart presented Dr. Ken Atwater, president of Hillsborough Community College, with a check for more than $41,000 to benefit first-generation students and students pursuing careers in the expanding field of health care.

Several Florida College System Foundation Trustees join FCS Chancellor Madeline Pumariega in presenting a scholarship check to several TCC students as TCC's president Jim Murdaugh looks on

TCC Recieves $27,000 for scholarships from Florida College System Foundation


Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, presented a check for $27,387 from the Florida College System Foundation to Tallahassee Community College on Monday.

John Padget—board member of the Florida College System Foundation, Vice Chair of the Florida Board of Education, and member of the FKCC Foundation Board—presents a check for $16,157 to FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra for scholarships distributed through the FKCC Foundation.

Florida College System Foundation Doubles Locally Raised Funds for FKCC


Florida College System Foundation Board Member John Padget presented a check on behalf of the FCS Foundation for $16,157 to the Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) Foundation yesterday.

Chancellor Pumariega Sees Uptick in Hispanic Students in College


It’s personal for Madeline Pumariega. National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Thursday, is more than a calendar date for the Miami born Cuban American. In Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras it is Independence Day.

Broward College and Indian River State College Named Finalists for Prestigious Aspen Prize


Today, Broward College and Indian River State College were named as finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute named the two colleges as part of the top 10 community colleges in the nation based on exceptional levels of student success. Florida is one of only three states with multiple finalists.

Two Florida Colleges Finalists for Aspen Prize


Florida’s Broward College and Indian River State College were named today as two of ten finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

Governor Scott Directs DOH and Education Leaders to Partner on Zika Preparedness


"[On August 8th], Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is investigating one new individual with non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County. The individual has recently traveled to Miami-Dade County and the department’s investigation is underway to determine the source of infection."