Florida SouthWestern State College
|Type||Public state college|
|Academic staff||676 (170 full-time, 506 adjunct)|
|Students||15,800 (Fall 2013)|
|Location||Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Naples, & LaBelle, Florida, United States|
Florida SouthWestern State College (also referred to as FSW or Florida SouthWestern) is a state college in Southwest Florida. The college has its main campus in Fort Myers in Lee County, satellite campuses in Charlotte and Collier counties, and outreach programs in Hendry and Glades counties.
FSW is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
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The college, previously known as Edison Junior College, and Edison College, admitted its first students in the fall of 1962. The college was named after inventor and industrialist Thomas Edison, who frequently wintered in Fort Myers.
In 2011, Edison's faculty senate approved a vote of no confidence in the college president and senior vice president, amid allegations of employment discrimination, inappropriately high salaries for key administrators, and problems with the accreditation of the nursing program. A few weeks later, President Kenneth Walker, who had led the college for over twenty years, announced plans to resign. Edison's governing District Board of Trustees ultimately fired Walker in January 2012.
In June 2012, Edison's accrediting agency placed the college on probation. The agency cited several factors, including the institution's inability to demonstrate integrity; lack of full-time faculty; nursing students being misled about their program's accreditation; and substitution of electives for core classes, which allowed students to graduate without completing degree requirements. Under new leadership, Edison saw its accreditation reaffirmed and its probation lifted in June 2013.
Degree offerings include 19 associate's degrees, 10 bachelor's degrees, and 10 certificate programs, with emphasis on business, technology, health, and education programs. The college also enrolls more than 3,500 dual enrollment students per year. Non-credit continuing education courses are also offered.
- Headcount – 15,800 (Fall 2013 enrollment)
- Full-Time – 34%; Part-Time – 66%
- 65% of students are 24 years old or younger, 35% of students are over the age of 24
- Female – 60%; Male – 40%
- 58% White, 27% Hispanic/Latino, 12% African American, and 3% other minorities
- Dual Enrollment students represent 15% of total fall enrollment.
The main campus is located on 140 acres (0.57 km2) between College Parkway and Cypress Lake Drive in south Lee County. The campus consists of 24 permanent buildings, including one- and two-story classroom buildings, a library, a bookstore, a cafeteria, a student center, and laboratories for science, computer science, nursing, health technologies, and college preparatory classes.
The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located on the Lee County Campus and hosts plays, shows, and concerts. The Edison Pops Concert Series is held there annually.
The Charlotte County Campus is located on a wooded site on Airport Road in Punta Gorda. It opened in 1997.
|Matt Hudson||Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|Tina Wainscott||American romance and suspense novelist|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||Professional golfer, currently plays on the Champions Tour|
|Mike Scott||Lee County, Florida Sheriff|
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- "Edison Quick Facts". edison.edu. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- Leslie Williams Hale (April 5, 2011). "Edison faculty vote results: 84 percent no confidence in President Walker, Browder". Naples Daily News. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "Edison State College’s Embattled President to Resign". The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 27, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- Dave Breitenstein (January 24, 2012). "Edison trustees fire President Kenneth Walker". The News-Press. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- Dave Breitenstein (June 21, 2012). "Edison State College placed on probation by accrediting agency". The News-Press. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- Kristine Gill (June 20, 2013). "Edison State College's accreditation reaffirmed after probationary period". The Naples Daily News. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Academics". edison.edu. 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Dual Enrollment". edison.edu. 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Campus Maps". edison.edu. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- "About Edison State College". edison.edu. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
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