The Association of Florida Colleges is the professional association for Florida’s 28 public community colleges, their boards, employees, retirees, and associates. Its mission is to actively promote, democratically represent, support, and serve the individual members and institutions in their endeavors to provide their students and the citizens of Florida with the best possible comprehensive community college educational system.
History of AFC
AFC was organized in 1949 as the Florida Association of Public Junior Colleges by the presidents of Florida’s first four public community colleges. Its mission was to unite the colleges for the purpose of helping the Florida Legislature understand the Junior College and to advocate for Florida’s public community colleges in the development of the state’s long-range plan for higher education.
Since 1949, AFC’s mission and purposes have grown in scope as has the association itself. In 1971, the association changed its name to the Florida Association for Community Colleges and is the most unique organization serving any community college system in the nation. In 2010, it became the Association of Florida Colleges to reflect the growth of numerous community college members into state colleges. Today, all 28 of Florida’s state and community colleges support the work of AFC through institutional dues as do 8,100 college employees through individual memberships and the sharing of their talents, time and energy.