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Increased Funding and Program Delivery Changes Aim to Increase Florida’s Teachers and Nurses, Report No. 07-45, December 2007
 
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Consistent with our recommendations, the Florida Legislature, the State Board of Education, the Department of Education, the state’s community colleges and universities, and the Florida Board of Nursing have all taken steps to increase student enrollment in teaching and nursing programs and reduce barriers contributing to the state’s shortage in these areas.
  • Since 2005, the Legislature has appropriated $56.8 million to support the expansion of teacher preparation and nursing programs. This additional funding includes $52.5 million for the SUCCEED Florida Grant Program and $4.2 million in direct funding for the graduate level nursing programs.
  • The Legislature has increased financial aid for prospective teachers and nurses. 
  • More community colleges are offering baccalaureate degree programs in teaching, and community colleges and universities have expanded programs for individuals seeking teaching credentials through alternative preparation processes.
  • To help address the problem of clinical site availability, the Florida Board of Nursing has increased the amount of training that can be delivered by simulators.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 05-09 OPPAGA Report: Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need, published in February 2005.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Education System
Florida College System
School District Workforce 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.

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