what is in a name?

Shakespeare’s Juliet said: What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Community colleges in Florida are working through this now. Are we junior colleges, community colleges, state colleges or simply colleges?

The debate is brewing and colleges are choosing sides.

At issue is whether we’ll offer four-year degrees, as some community colleges have chosen to do.

Also at issue is presumed prestige that may be part of changing our names.

Will Valencia offer four-year degrees? It’s possible. But only in close collaboration with our partner, UCF, to determine these programs are better provided by us.

Will state naming conventions change, forcing Valencia to become Valencia College? This is also possible.

But I have to say that I’ve always appreciated the fact that Community is our middle name.

After all, that’s what we’re all about.

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2 Responses

  1. I love the Community part of our name! How ironic is it that just when we have an administration that acknowledges the critical role that community colleges play in our economic development that some have chosen to seek a new identity and/or mission?

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