Association of Florida Colleges

About AFC


The Association of Florida Colleges is the professional Association for Florida's 28 public community colleges, their Boards, employees, retirees, and associates. The mission of the Association 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.


The Association was organized in 1949 as the Florida Association of Public Junior Colleges by the presidents of Florida's first four public junior colleges. Its mission was to unite the colleges for the purposes of helping the Florida Legislature understand the junior college mission and to advocate for Florida's public junior colleges in the development of the state's long-range plan for higher education.

Since 1949, the Association's mission and purposes have grown in scope as has the Association itself. In 1971, the Association became the Florida Association of Community Colleges.  The Association changed its name to the Association of Florida Colleges in 2010.  It has since become the most inclusive higher education organization serving any college system in the nation. The AFC is the only such Association which represents all employees, presidents, and trustees associated with a college system. Today, all 28 of the state's colleges support the work of the Association through institutional dues as do nearly 8500 regular and retired members through the sharing of their talents, time and energy.


The Association is guided by Bylaws and organized through an network of College Chapters, Commissions, Regions.  The AFC is overseen by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors. A full-time staff of six administers the day-to-day operations, maintains membership records and coordinates communications and professional development opportunities.


What are the benefits of joining AFC?

Advocacy –a full-time staff representing your interests in Tallahassee.

Recognition - exmplary practice programs, awards, and honors.

Information - publications, web sites, and e-mail updates to keep you informed.

Professional Development - workshops, seminars, and an annual convention geared toward your interests.

Networking - sharing ideas, making contacts, and building partnerships with peers across the state.

Benefits and Services - Discount programs "for members only."

Fellowship - camaraderie and friendships that last a lifetime.

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