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Postsecondary Student Use of the Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS) Is Low, Report No. 08-25, April 2008
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The Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS) provides a variety of tools to support academic planning and articulation for middle school, high school, and postsecondary students. Many of these tools provide individualized advising based on students’ unique academic records and transcripts.

Most of the FACTS’ tools created to assist postsecondary students are not widely used. Specifically,

  • Our review of approximately 140,000 community college students enrolled in 2006‑07 found that only 11% had used any of the FACTS’ personalized advising and articulation assistance tools, and less than 2% had used tools intended to support articulation; and
  • FACTS’ administrative tools such as admissions applications and transient student forms are more widely used but institutions have not fully automated these forms.

Postsecondary institutions report that their students tend to use internal systems rather than FACTS for advising purposes, including assessing progress toward meeting degree requirements and viewing transcripts.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

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

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. 09-31 Education Data Warehouse Serves Important Function; Project Planning and Management Need Strengthening,published in July 2009.
  • Report No. 08-11 Inconsistent Implementation of Common Prerequisites Creates Barriers to Effective 2+2 Articulation, published in March 2008.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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