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  • The Community College System is an important part of Florida's overall education system. While the state could eliminate the Community College System, this option would greatly reduce the state's ability to provide postsecondary education opportunities to its citizens. Community colleges, which served over 750,000 students in 1996-97, are required by law to admit any student who has a high school diploma or equivalent. Eliminating the Community College System at this point would also result in a major disruption of the state's workforce development initiatives and would hinder the state's ability to offer job-training programs to its citizens.
  • Although Florida's Community College System is needed, the system needs to improve its graduation and retention rates for students enrolled in the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs. Sixty-six percent of the first-time-in-college students seeking degrees who enroll in these programs neither earn a community college degree or certificate nor continue their education at a state university.
  • Students completing the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs generally receive the expected benefits from their training. However, OPPAGA found that students completing Adult Vocational certificate programs are less likely to benefit from the training received.
  • In addition to program performance, we also assessed the community college funding process. Overall, we found that Florida's community college funding process could be improved to help ensure that colleges receive a level of funding that is suitable for the specific programs provided and students served. The funding process could also be improved to provide an additional incentive for colleges to improve their AA degree programs.
  • Overall, the community college accountability process has substantially improved in recent years, particularly with the recent efforts to integrate the strategic planning and accountability processes. Additional improvements needed include better information about the system's efficiency and effectiveness in producing desired outputs and outcomes. Also, the Student Data Base System should be improved further to provide more consistent and complete information on system accountability.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Continuing Workforce Education
College Preparatory and Remediation

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-28  Workforce Estimating Conference Potential Not Realized; Barriers Can Be Addressed, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 04-68 Progress Report: Workforce System Still Needs Financial Self-Sufficiency Performance Standards, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-42 Progress Report: Students Benefit from Workforce Education Programs, But Performance Can Be Improved, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 03-10 Special Examination: Review of the Workforce Development System, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-32 Justification Review: Workforce Development Education Program, published in May 2002.
  • Report No. 02-05 Program Review: Articulation Works for Most Community College Transfer Students, But Some Problems Continue, published in January 2002.
  • Report No. 01-56 Program Review: Workforce Development Education Program, Florida Department of Education, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-30 Progress Report: Community College Budget Incentives and Interagency Articulation Improve, But Graduation Rates Still Inflated, published in June 2001.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.
  • Report No. 98-07 Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Supplemental Analysis: Community College Revenues and Expenditures, published in August 1998.
  • Report No. 97-49 Review of the Community College System's Performance-Based Program Budgeting Measures and Incentive Fund, published in February 1998.

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