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Most Students Receive College Credit for Accelerated Courses; Programs Reduce University Class Time, Report No. 06-26, March 2006
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  • Florida’s public community colleges and universities generally accept accelerated college credits earned by high school students.  The institutions have established policies for awarding accelerated college credit hours that typically meet or exceed the levels recommended by the Department of Education. 
  • Almost 75% of high school students who take and pass acceleration courses subsequently attend a public college in Florida.  Most of these students (90%) receive college credit for their acceleration courses.  Students who did not receive college credit generally did not report their acceleration credits in order to take the classes while in college; these students give the state no return on its investment in these programs.
  • Generally, students can use accelerated credit hours towards their degree requirements.  Students who earned acceleration credits typically graduated from college after taking 14 fewer credit hours at Florida’s public universities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Acceleration Programs
Education System
State University System
Florida College System
Board of Governors

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-30 University Students Benefit from Acceleration Courses, But Often Retake Math and Science Courses,published in June 2009.
  • Report No. 09-21 More Than 17% of Acceleration Courses and Exams Do Not Result in College Credit, Which Costs State Almost $6 Million,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 09-12 Modifying Advanced Placement Program Incentive Funding Could Produce Significant Cost Savings, published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 08-70 Student Participation in Acceleration Programs Has Increased; Legislature Has Taken Steps to Reduce Program Costs, published in December 2008.
  • Report No. 07-31 Half of College Students Needing Remediation Drop Out; Remediation Completers Do Almost as Well as Other Students, published in May 2007.
  • Report No. 06-40 Steps Can Be Taken to Reduce Remediation Rates; 78% of Community College Students, 10% of University Students Need Remediation, published in April 2006.
  • Report No. 06-27 State’s High School Acceleration Programs Are Funded Through a Variety of Sources, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-25 Most Acceleration Students Perform Well, But Outcomes Vary by Program Type, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-24 Acceleration Programs Provide Benefits But the Costs Are Relatively Expensive, published in March 2006.

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