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 units under FLVC, include the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, Distance Learning and Student Services.
In July 2020, the Complete Florida Plus Program was decommissioned, however, the Florida Virtual Campus continues normal operations and is working 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) 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 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, and FloridaShines.
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. One of the more popular services is FloridaShines.
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.
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, Division of Academic Affairs.