1. Florida

Florida Board of Education to allow college four-year degrees again

High school graduates seeking less expensive higher education options will soon have more degree options within the Florida college system.

This week, the Florida Board of Education will consider approval of five new bachelor's degree programs:

o Tallahassee Community College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
o Polk State College - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a STEM focus; Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
o Seminole State College - Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
o Santa Fe College - Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology

These proposals mark the first time in more than a year that the board will act on four-year programs within the colleges. Lawmakers had placed a moratorium on new offerings in 2014, citing mission creep of the colleges into university territory.

Efforts to extend the ban did not succeed, however, opening the door to these new proposals. More are likely to follow. But lawmakers are expected to continue talking about how to distinguish colleges from universities into the future.

See the proposals here. The board meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday.