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Student Tracking Systems Can Be Used to Enhance Graduation and Retention Rates, Report No. 06-48, May 2006
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Several state universities are developing or have implemented automated systems that monitor student progress toward degrees and, when students are off track, place holds on their ability to register until they have seen an academic advisor. This helps universities target academic advising resources and helps students graduate on time. The University of Florida is using the most highly developed system, which has been effective in increasing the percentage of its students who stay in school and decreasing excess hours. Smaller institutions that effectively use faculty and professional advisors to routinely conduct advising sessions with all students may not need automated tracking systems. In addition, the automated systems are not currently being used to track part-time students, who are a significant portion of the student population in some universities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Board of Governors

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-48 Steps Taken to Improve FACTS; Better Information on Postsecondary Student Use Is Still Needed,published in July 2010.
  • Report No. 09-22 Several Universities Have Improved Systems to Track Student Progress, published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 06-58 Progress Report: Excess Hours Cost State $62 Million Annually; University Actions May Help Address Problem, published in August 2006.
  • Report No. 06-52 Florida’s Postsecondary Institutions Employ a Variety of Support Services for Students, published in June 2006.
  • Report No. 05-30 OPPAGA Report: Excess Hours at Community Colleges Warrant Attention by the Department of Education and the Legislature, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 04-44 Information Brief: Stronger Financial Incentives Could Encourage Students to Graduate With Fewer Excess Hours, published in June 2004.

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