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Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need, Report No. 05-09, February 2005
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  • Florida is projected to face critical shortages of teachers and nurses in coming years.  Different strategies will be needed to increase the number of students going into teacher preparation and nursing programs. 
  • Florida and other states use scholarships and loan forgiveness programs to encourage students to enroll in teacher preparation and nursing programs, particularly in areas of high need.  While helpful, these programs have limited resources and address only part of the training challenges facing the state.
  • Only 56% of the students graduating from Florida’s teacher preparation programs become classroom teachers in Florida public schools.  The teaching loan forgiveness program offers relatively small awards that provide limited incentives for students to become classroom teachers. The nursing student loan forgiveness program offers substantially larger awards, but is used primarily to attract and retain nurses to underserved areas rather than to increase the number of students going into nursing.  This is because student demand for nursing programs exceeds available slots at both the community college and university levels, and expanding these programs is hampered by shortages of instructors. 
  • Even if strategies to increase nursing and teacher preparation graduates are successful, demand may continue to exceed supply unless steps are taken to reduce high turnover in these professions.  To resolve these problems, school districts, hospitals and other employers may need to implement strategies to better retain their employees.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Education System
Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 13-09 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2012-13,published in June 2013.
  • Report No. 13-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2012 with Increases in Program Capacity, Student Enrollment, and Graduates,published in January 2013.
  • Report No. 12-07 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-2011,published in May 2012.
  • Report No. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 2012.
  • Report No. 11-18 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2009-10,published in May 2011.
  • Report No. 11-06 Board of Nursing Addressed Statutory Changes; Nursing Program Capacity Expanded in 2009-10,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-14 Since Implementing Statutory Changes, the State Board of Nursing Has Approved More Nursing Programs; the Legislature Should Address Implementation Issues,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 08-03 Supplemental Report: Profiles of SUCCEED, Florida! Grant Recipients, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 08-02 SUCCEED, Florida! Grants Show Mixed Results Under Current Funding Structure, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 07-45 Increased Funding and Program Delivery Changes Aim to Increase Florida’s Teachers and Nurses, published in November 2007.
  • Report No. 07-04 Florida Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules Create No Unreasonable Barriers to Producing New Nurses, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 06-02 Nurse Licensure Compact Would Produce Some Benefits But Not Resolve the Nurse Shortage, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-20 Authorizing Community Colleges to Award Baccalaureate Degrees Is One of Several Options to Expand Access to Higher Education, published in April 2005.

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