This is the first time I’ve heard of the program; UF Pathway to Campus Enrollment (UF PaCE).
My thoughts, is this is the combination of two separate UF initiatives. Finding ways to expand access to campus and it’s effort to grow UF Online.
UF has put in place several alternative programs to gain access to UF. The UF innovation academy allows students to attend the summer and spring terms, but that can’t attend the more crowded Fall Term. UF Gator Engineering at Santa Fe allows engineering students to attend Santa Fe community college for a semester or two, and then they automatically transfer to UF.
Now, instead of using a summer/spring term cycle, or Santa Fee CC, they will use UF Online.
The other initiative is growing UF Online. The state of Florida see’s this as an alternative path that is much more cost effective (25% discount over normal low in-state tuition rates, ability to live at home) and makes UF possible for those that can’t (or would rather not) move to Gainesville.
For many if not most UF Freshman, this program isn’t a good fit. They will want to go to another college for the full college experience and have the stats to get them into those other schools. It also doesn’t work well for several majors (such as pre-med, engineering, etc.).
However, for some this could be a much better option that going to the local CC and then transferring to UF. It’s very cost effective, as you can live at home for the first two years, and get the tuition discount. You also don’t have to apply as a transfer student (thought you have to met your majors requirements, like any other on-campus student).