The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the College’s chief academic officer and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the administration’s academic vision. The Provost provides leadership across all academic activities through the articulation and support of academic priorities.
As a national leader in engaged learning, the Provost’s priorities include excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; faculty excellence in teaching, research, and public service; interdisciplinary innovation in research, scholarship, and creative activities; and global leadership in research and education.
The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society.
Florida Southern College will achieve national recognition for providing a transformational education for students through its distinctive synthesis of liberal arts and professional programs, and focus on student development through co-curricular and service learning programs. It will become a national model for engaged learning in order to achieve the learning outcomes students need to thrive in a global society. As a result of its pragmatic approach to liberal learning, the global perspective of its academic programs, effective engaged learning pedagogy, and distinctive learning outcomes in all disciplines, Florida Southern will ascend to the top 25 comprehensive colleges/universities in its Carnegie classification. Maintaining its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Florida Southern will serve as the preeminent mid-size institution within the denomination, always striving to foster students’ spiritual growth.
Florida Southern College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Southern College.
Florida Southern College also fully approved by the State of Florida to offer undergraduate degrees leading to teacher certification in Elementary Education, Physical Education, Music Education, Art Education and secondary education. The program also has State of Florida ESOL Endorsement for Elementary Education and Secondary English Education. The School of Education has aligned its programs to meet Florida's Subject Area Competencies as well as the Florida Educators' Accomplished Practices (FEAP).
Our Bachelor of Nursing and Master in Science in Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,and our bachelors degree in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition, Florida Southern's music programs are also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).