The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) was created in 2012 by the Florida Legislature, through the consolidation of four statewide organizations: the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA), the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA), the Florida Center for Advising and Academic Support (FCAAS), and the Florida Distance Learning Consortium (FDLC).
In 2014, the Legislature amended FLVC to be a Complete Florida Plus Program and in 2015 moved management of FLVC to the University of West Florida’s Division of Research and Strategic Innovation. While its mission and purpose remain the same the newly named units under FLVC, include the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, Distance Learning and Student Services, and Complete Florida.
Today the Florida Virtual Campus works collaboratively with Florida’s 12 public universities, 28 public colleges and 74 K-12 school districts to provide shared educational services for the state of Florida.
The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC), a Complete Florida Plus program, is made up of several units which provide statewide innovative educational services for Florida's K-adult students. Working collaboratively with Florida’s 12 public universities, 28 public colleges, 74 K-12 school districts, and other partners, FLVC provides state-funded services to help students go to college, succeed in school, prepare for career success, and thrive in life after graduation. The FLVC family of services includes Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, Distance Learning and Student Services, Complete Florida, FloridaShines, and MyCareerShines.
The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) operates the integrated library system used by all public college and university libraries statewide along with a shared catalog and a statewide collection of online journals, e-books, and other valuable e-resources. In all, FALSC’s products and services are available to assist nearly 1.3 million students, faculty, and staff across Florida.
Distance Learning and Student Services (DLSS) provides an array of innovative educational services for students, educators, and administrators in the sunshine state. DLSS operates several statewide services that impact the success of the state’s students. Two of the more popular services are FloridaShines and MyCareerShines.
Complete Florida helps Florida residents, who started college but never finished, return to college to complete the degrees they need for the jobs they want. This program is possible thanks to partnerships with Florida colleges and universities who offer online degree programs in nursing, cybersecurity, business management, and more. With the help of Complete Florida Coaches taking potential students from application to graduation, it has never been easier for Floridians to complete their college degree.
FloridaShines works with the state's public colleges and universities and other partners to help students succeed in school and beyond. From the FloridaShines website, students can check their transcript, register for an online course, search academic libraries across the state, compare colleges and universities, and much more, all at no cost.
MyCareerShines is the state’s comprehensive education and career planning system. The system is powered by a suite of age-appropriate online tools that allow students and job seekers to develop a personalized plan that connects interests, skills, and education to careers and jobs.
The Orange Grove is Florida's digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, and contribute educational resources.
Relationship to UWF
In 2012, the Florida State Legislature consolidated four statewide organizations to create the Florida Virtual Campus. In 2015 the Legislature moved management of FLVC to UWF, and it is currently part of the University of West Florida’s newest division, the Division of Research and Strategic Innovation, led by Vice President, Dr. Pamela Northrup. The Division of Research and Strategic Innovation works to advance the state’s economy and strengthens its workforce by nurturing and applying innovative ideas in funded research, scholarship, business development, strategic partnerships, and outreach. Like the Division, our team of big-thinkers, business experts, and storytellers strives to provide solutions that make a lasting, positive impact on the social, economic, and technological landscape in the communities we serve.