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Progress Report: State Policies for Excess Hours Remain Unchanged; Steps Taken to Strengthen Academic Advising, Report No. 07-37, September 2007
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  • In 2005, the Legislature passed SB 2236 to require students to pay 75% of the actual cost of credit hours beyond 120% of the hours required for their degree.  However, the bill was vetoed by the Governor.  The Legislature considered, but did not pass, similar legislation in 2006 and 2007.
  • The department and the community colleges have developed and published guidelines for strengthening student academic advising, better tracking student progress, and improving articulation between community colleges and the state university system.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 05-30  Excess Hours at Community Colleges Warrant Attention by the Department of Education and the Legislature, published in April 2005.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Associate in Arts
Postsecondary Career Training Programs
Student Financial Assistance
Florida College System

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. 10-43 University Implementation and State Oversight of Common Program Prerequisites Has Improved,published in May 2010.
  • Report No. 09-22 Several Universities Have Improved Systems to Track Student Progress, published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 08-11 Inconsistent Implementation of Common Prerequisites Creates Barriers to Effective 2+2 Articulation, published in March 2008.

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