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SUCCEED, Florida! Grants Show Mixed Results Under Current Funding Structure, Report No. 08-02, January 2008
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  • The Department of Education has refined its process for selecting SUCCEED, Florida! grant recipients, but the timeframes for award disbursement remain lengthy.  Institutions have received notification of their grant award halfway through the fall semester, which has limited their ability to implement programs to expand teacher and nurse training programs. 
  • The department should also strengthen its grant monitoring process to ensure that grantees use SUCCEED, Florida! funds to expand teaching and nursing programs.
  • Surveys of grant recipients show mixed results.  Nursing programs that received grants have increased their capacity to serve additional students and have enrolled more first-time students. Teaching programs traditionally do not have capacity limitations.  However, enrollment in teaching programs showed a decline at the bachelor’s level but an increase at the master’s level.  Although the actual number of students completing programs generally increased, the completion rates for half of the funded programs decreased. The mixed results may be because most programs receiving a grant have not had time to graduate its beneficiaries. 
  • The Legislature could consider other funding options to more effectively fund the creation or expansion of programs to produce graduates for critically needed professions.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Education System
Career Education (DOE)
Certification and Professional Development
School District Workforce Education

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-03 Supplemental Report: Profiles of SUCCEED, Florida! Grant Recipients, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 07-45 Increased Funding and Program Delivery Changes Aim to Increase Florida’s Teachers and Nurses, published in November 2007.
  • Report No. 06-02 Nurse Licensure Compact Would Produce Some Benefits But Not Resolve the Nurse Shortage, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-09 Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need, published in February 2005.

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