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FAPSC Professional Membership

FAPSC offers an individual Professional Membership that is open to all employees of a FAPSC school or associate member.  This membership was designed to help keep your entire staff in direct communication with FAPSC.  Download an application today!

FAPSC Board of Directors

Linda Weldon, President
Joe Hardiman, President Elect
Chris Tilley, Treasurer
Claire Walker, Secretary
Dean Bartness, Past President

Jorge Alfonso
Gil Bonwitt
Nancy Bradley
Richard Covington, Jr.
Peter Crocitto
Mark Gutmann
Audrey Kaplan
Walt Kirby
Dan Macferran
William Polmear
Jay Ober
Nancy Rodriguez
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade

FAPSC Executive Staff

Curtis Austin, Executive Director

Wanda Minick, Deputy Executive Director/Member Services 

Katie Allan, Director of Continuing Education 

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

FAPSC provides leadership, support and advocacy for quality career education. 


 Renew Your Membership for 2014

Most of FAPSC members expire on December 31 unless you renew today! If your school or company's dues are up for renewal you would have received a renewal quote from FAPSC last month.  If you are unsure please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email
Include a donation to the FAPSC PAC with your renewal to support candidates for the state legislature who appreciate and support private career education.
Click here to learn more and renew 

Sound Bites from Executive Director, Curtis Austin

What's Going on at FAPSC -  The FAPSC Board met on November 19th at Howey-in-the-Hills and approved two new board members - Dan Macferran of the University of Phoenix and Audrey Kaplan of Southern Technical College were appointed and approved to fill out the terms of former board members Arthur Benjamin and Randy Proto. Congratulations to both of our new FAPSC Board Members.  During executive session the board discussed Nursing Programs and pass rates and the FAPSC Nursing Committee was requested to renew its efforts to help our sector schools better prepare student nurses. 

On December 13th the Nursing Committee will host a Directors of Nursing meeting at Florida Career Colleges, Pembroke Pines campus.   This is a free event and we encourge All Directors of Nursing to attend. This event is a meeting and NOT an educational session to address the on-going issue of nursing NCLEX passage rates. Administrators and Faculty will be invited to weigh in on the options, but this meeting is just for the Nursing Directors  Click here for registration information and agenda.

What's Going on in Tallahassee -  The Commission for Independent Education Rules Committee met on November 19, 2013. The committee approved a new rule requiring disclosure of child abuse situations on campus. The rule was required by new Florida law. The Commission took this action up and approved it at the regular Commission meeting the next day.

The committee discussed the issue of advertising, focusing on the issues of scholarships and discounts or reduced tuition. The committee DID NOT go forward at this time with their proposed rule as there is much to be discussed. Counsel for the Commission identified that restraints on free speech, including commercial speech, are problematic in the Commission going forward with a rule. It is anticipated that this issue will continue to be addressed by the rules committee.

The Commission met on November 20, 2013 and during this meeting spent a lot of time entertaining a proposal for an exception to the statutory requirement that classes be held at “fixed” locations, approved in advance by the Commission. An institution requested the commission grant them a variance to allow them to hold classes in temporary facilities (hotels or workforce board rooms) for short term training. The request was denied by the Commission (but not unanimously) after a healthy and lengthy debate.

The Commissioners are increasingly looking at financial data submitted by schools. IF THE DATA DOES NOT MAKE SENSE, they are not allowing licensure to go forward. This should be a warning to everyone to take time on your planning to make sure that advertising dollars match up to enrollment expectations. Graduate Programs MUST have adequate library resource to sustain a graduate program. Investments need to be listed as such and not as income. Schools are causing themselves unnecessary difficulty in their applications by not making clear where money is being invested and where it is being earned.

There appears to be a growing unease with schools that are starting at the graduate level WITHOUT EXPERIENCE at the associates and bachelors levels. Likewise RN programs without success at LPN are getting more review. If you are submitting such applications, you should not be surprised if the commission starts with skeptics with lots of questions. 

Mark your Calendars for FAPSC Day 2014

FAPSC Day will soon be here! Make your plans and secure your room for this special event in Tallahassee. Join FAPSC as we advocate at the legislature and share about our sector. FAPSC Day events will begin on Tuesday, February 4 with a brief orientation and reception. Appointments with Legislators will be held at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 5.

Click here for more details about attending FAPSC Day 2014!

If you plan to attend be certain to secure your reservation at the DoubleTree by Hilton (Tallahassee) under the FAPSC Room Block. The FAPSC special room rate of $149++ will expire on Friday, January 10. 

FAPSC 2014 Central Conference - “Reaching New Heights in Higher Education.”

Will your campus reach new heights in the new year? It’s time to take your campus to the next level in higher education. Save the date and clear your calendar for the FAPSC 2014 Central Conference where FAPSC will provide useful and valuable training. Attendees may earn up to 8 CEUs by attending a conference in its entirety.

Thursday, February 20 – Administrator Conference
Friday, February 21 – Faculty Conference
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
FAPSC Special Room Rate = $199+ per night

Registration will open in January – stay tuned and visit the FAPSC Website for details and additional info!

2014 Sponsorships NOW AVAILABLE! Click here to learn more.

Add This to Your “To Do” List

It’s the time of year when your “To Do” list seems to be growing and the hours in the day seem to be shrinking. But you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to present a breakout session at the FAPSC Central Conference! FAPSC needs your insight expertise to provide relevant, applicable, and effective training for Administrators and Faculty during our Central Conference (February 20 & 21 – Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®).

There are MANY breakout session tracks and topics so send your session proposal for consideration TODAY.

Submit your session proposal using the online form for the FAPSC Central Conference by Friday, December 20.

Spotlight on FAPSC School Member of the Year- Florida National College
As the year comes to a close, we are reminded of the amazing accomplishments of our members during 2013. There are so many campuses across the state working to enrich students’ lives and the community at large. Florida National University (Hialeah) is a prime example of a campus that truly goes the extra mile to positively impact their community. This is just one of the reasons Florida National University – Hialeah campus was recognized as the FAPSC 2013 School of the Year. 

Community service projects are the norm at the campus, showing the commitment Florida National University has to leaving a mark and serving the needs of local residents. The university has partnered with a local business to host Community Health Fairs, providing students with the opportunity to apply their training and wellness knowledge to the benefit of the community. The school also is involved with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Minority Chamber of Commerce and the Doral Business Council.

Congratulations to Florida National University – FAPSC 2013 School of the Year!

Submit your 2014 awards nomination for a graduate, administrator, faculty or school of the year for the FAPSC Annual Awards Program. All nominations are due by Monday, May 12, 2014. All award winners will be recognized at the FAPSC 2014 Annual Conference. 

Would your Campus like to Host a FAPSC Event?

FAPSC is looking towards 2014 and would like to host more events at our member campuses. We are in need of facilities that can accomodate board/ committee meetings, roundtable disucssions up to 50 people, workshops, plus so much more. If your campus would like to host a FAPSC event please email

NASASPS Recognizes over 300 Certified Higher Education Professionals

This article was contributed by Robert Starks Jr., Vice President of Learning Initiatives with MaxKnowledge, Inc.

The National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) recently recognized over 300 Certified Higher Education Professionals (CHEPs) from various institutions such as Career Education Corporation, Concorde Career Colleges, Delta Career Education Corporation and the Universal Technical Institute.

The CHEP certification awarded by NASASPS recognizes employees of career schools, colleges and universities who strive for excellence in their respective positions. The primary goal of this certification program is to enable institutions to develop high performing, compliant, and ethical employees to better serve students. CHEPs have successfully completed forty eight hours of approved training in their area of concentration and are required to complete eight hours of approved training annually to maintain their certification. There are several areas of concentration for CHEPs

Read full news release here.

Click here to learn more about several Excellence Programs offered through the FAPSC Online Training Center that lead to NASASPS Certification as a Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP).

CGS!Florida volunteers needed

Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) excited to be working with Florida’s College Goal Sunday initiative, CGS!Florida. Here comes the part where YOU can help!

The host sites have been selected and we need YOU to register as a volunteer at an event near YOU.

The host sites can be viewed online at:!FLORIDA/Locations.aspx and YOU can register for an event online at:!FLORIDA/Volunteers.aspx.

We need roughly 1 Financial Aid staff member for every 8 students the host sites expect to serve, so we need a significant number of volunteers to help out. There will be a line-by-line FAFSA training webinar provided to all volunteers, so YOU do not have to be an expert to help out.

Please sign up today and encourage your co-workers to do the same! Let’s do this!

If you have any questions, or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Lori Auxier, CEPF, Director of Outreach Services with the Florida Department of Education -Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at 561-357-6340.

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?  

U.S. News 10 Universities With the Largest Undergraduate Populations & World Report

December 03, 2013

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.

Going to college may be increasingly expensive, but the cost hasn't deterred thousands of students from enrolling. Between 1992 and 1998, undergraduate enrollment was stable, but it increased by 37 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Adapt Courseware Launches First Business Administration Offerings

December 02, 2013

Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive online curriculum resources that individualize each student’s learning experience, has added Organizational Behavior and Financial Accounting to its expanded catalog of adaptive learning offerings. The release of these core business administration requirements helps colleges and universities meet student demand, while at the same time enabling them to deliver a more engaging and productive learning experience for the growing number of students who are pursuing business degrees.

“Business administration continues to be one of the most popular college majors today – even students who are working towards other degrees often take business courses as a foundation for real-world literacy and on-the-job preparation,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “By collaborating with and gathering input from college and university leaders, we’ve been able to create and implement a curriculum development plan that increases access to the courses students need and want most.”

Final Gainful Employment Rulemaking Session Scheduled for Friday, December 13

December 02, 2013

Politico’s Libby Nelson, in today’s “Morning Education” email (and in a tweet on Black Friday) reports that the U.S. Department of Education “has scheduled its third session of negotiated rule-making on the ‘gainful employment’ rule for Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Education Department’s 1990 K St. offices, according to an email sent to negotiators Friday.” This is also the last day of the next NACIQI meeting (the Department’s advisory committee on accreditation). In case you are curious, 1990 K Street is no where near 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. (where the NACIQI sessions will be held).


(Picture to left) Brian Swanson, MSAS Director of State Affairs with Ultimate Medical Academy participated in Region VII Bowling event on September 19th and delivered a $300 check for the "Strikes & Spares" to St. Joseph's Pediatric Cancer Foundation from this event.   Way to go Region VII!







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Welcome New Members! 

School Members Associate Members
Beauty and Health Institute - Tampa JV Peterson Consulting – Orange Park, FL
Gold Coast Career Institute – Tamarac O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations- Hollywood, FL
Jose Maria Vargas University- Pembroke Pines Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation/HigherEDGE- Round Rock, TX

The FAPSC Board of Directors has scheduled their next board meeting for Janary 7th at Howey - In- The- Hills, FL and the next will be March 25, 2014. Please check our calendar of events frequently for updates about this event plus others or to stay fully  connected with FAPSC download the FAPSC App by scanning the QR codes below or search in Google play for Android users and the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod users by seaching "FAPSC".


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 Upcoming Events

December 2013

03- DOE-FSA Conference, Las Vegas, NV

04- Florida Board of Nursing, Deerfield Beach, FL 

06- MAPCCS- Annual Conference, The Westin - Baltimore Washington Airport

09- APSCU Workforce Event, Washington, DC

13- FAPSC Nursing Committee Hosts a Director of Nursing Meeting

24-25- The FAPSC Office will be Closed in Observance of the Christmas Holiday

31- The FAPSC Office will be Closed in Observance of the New Year

January 2013

01- The FAPSC Office will be Closed in Observance of the New Year

07- The FAPSC Board of Directors Meeting- Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 

07- The Commission for Independent Education Rules Meeting, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL

16- DETC Accrediting Commission

Please visit our events calendar frequently as events are added daily.

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