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For more than 50 years, the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges has represented, educated,and promoted our members.


1956: On June 28, the Florida Association of Private Schools (FAPS) is founded, charted, and registered in Dade County, Florida. Its purpose is to ensure a standard of excellence in private, career-oriented schools throughout the state of Florida.

1956–75: FAPS establishes a board to analyze and respond to unfair, biased legislation and regulatory measures that would cripple student access and career learning. As the years passed, FAPS’s reactive efforts turn proactive as it grows its membership, ensures quality career education, and develops camaraderie on a statewide level.

FAPS’s mission, to ensure quality standards for its schools, leads to the creation of the state-licensing process. Florida’s licensing regulatory process set the standard for other states to oversee and improve the effectiveness and quality of career schools and colleges.

FAPS launches training workshops for its members.

1976-79: In partnership with the state of Florida, FAPS launches "Career Awareness Week,” in October.

FAPS opens up Associate membership status to government, business, and industry representatives. 

FAPS launches a monthly newsletter titled "Update.” The name was later changed to "Projects.”

The National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS) honors FAPS with the Outstanding State Association Award.

FAPS launches "Career Alert,” a quarterly publication for all Florida high school guidance counselors and local, state, and federal officials and educators. Career Alert was the vehicle for members to publish their school news, program offerings, faculty credentials, student achievements, and job placements.

Sponsored by the Florida Postsecondary Education Commission and the Education Commission of the States, FAPS members attend and participate in an education conference with 170 Florida educators to study the problems and challenges in postsecondary education.

FAPS begins inviting an official of Florida’s Department of Education to every FAPS board meeting. The first to attend is Charles O’Malley, Florida Department of Education Consultant for Nonpublic Institutions. This partnership allows for a better understanding of the career schools and college sector.

1980-90: FAPS forms the Department of Accredited Schools. Its mission is to encourage and assist schools to apply for accreditation by a nationally or regionally recognized accrediting agency. FAPS launches its Accreditation Workshops, which provide free education and training to schools interested in accreditation.

FAPS creates an annual award program, giving member schools the opportunity to nominate individuals in categories such as Distinguished Service, Outstanding Member, Community Service, and Outstanding Private Educator.

FAPS is awarded first place at the NATTS/ACIS State Association Idea Fair in the Publications and Member Services categories.

FAPS launches its student scholarship program.

At the 6th Annual State Associations Workshop, FAPS wins three ribbons:
First place:  Member Recruitment
First place:  Publications
Second place: Membership Services

In 1985, FAPS changes its name to Florida Association of Accredited Private Schools (FAAPS) in recognition of the accredited schools that make up the majority of its membership.

FAAPS works with the Florida Vocational Association (FVA) to initiate a member service agreement whereby membership in FAAPS would automatically provide a school with membership in FVA, the first partnership of its kind in the nation. This agreement fosters greater unity between the public and private sectors.

In 1989, the FAAPS scholarship program exceeds the $1 million mark in tuition value available.

FAAPS hosts its inaugural Legislation Reception at the state capital.

1990-2000: Florida Governor Bob Martinez and members of the Cabinet recognize FAAPS for its support on landmark legislation. The regulatory rules serve as a nationwide model for the state to ensure and enforce quality standards and requirements for the career schools and colleges.

The Florida legislature passes the Vocational Student Assistance Grant (VSAG), which provides a State grant of up to $1,000 for needy students who enroll in eligible diploma programs at both public and private postsecondary schools.

FAAPS hires a Legislative and Government Affairs director.

FAAPS appoints a Strategic Planning Task Force to address sector issues, in particular student access, with the Department of Education, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, and Florida’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).

In 1992, FAAPS formally changes its name to the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC). 

The board votes to allow all non-accredited schools to join, thereby fully representing our dynamic, diverse sector.

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