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Jun 18, 3:00 AM EDT

Florida Polytechnic University receives accreditation


LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Polytechnic University is now an accredited institution that can award college and graduate school degrees.

The Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/2sc5Kff ) the Lakeland school's certification was announced Friday by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Florida Polytechnic was established in 2012 as a school focused on science, technology, engineering and math. President Randy Avent said the certification to award bachelor's and master's degrees shows prospective students and faculty that the school is a "serious and legitimate" contender in higher education.

Only students at accredited universities can receive federal grants and student loans. Accreditation also is required for the school to receive federal research and grant money.

In a statement, Gov. Rick Scott said the school's academic focus will help create "a new generation of innovative leaders."

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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