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Florida’s Postsecondary Institutions Employ a Variety of Support Services for Students, Report No. 06-52, June 2006
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  • As is the case in other states, many students, including 29% of those in Florida’s state university baccalaureate degree programs, 36% of those in Florida community college associate degree programs, and 47% of those in Florida private, non-profit university baccalaureate degree programs, do not graduate or remain in school within six years for university students or four years for community college students.  Although some of these students transferred to another institution, others simply dropped out.
  • Florida’s public and private universities and community colleges employ a number of strategies to increase their student graduation and retention rates.  These include proactive advising, co-locating student support services, implementing strategies to engage students and parents with the institutions, and providing opportunities such as freshman learning seminars to improve students’ skills. Research shows that these strategies can be effective in helping students remain in school and graduate. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Board of Governors

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 06-48 Student Tracking Systems Can Be Used to Enhance Graduation and Retention Rates, published in May 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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