ERIC Number: ED318520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-19
Reference Count: N/A
The Structure of Public Postsecondary Education in Florida: [Report and Recommendations of the] Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, 1990--Report 9. Prepared in response to Specific Appropriation 587 of the 1989 General Appropriations Act, Chapter 89-253, Laws of Florida.
Florida State Postsecondary Education Commission, Tallahassee.
In 1989, a study was conducted to examine the structure of public postsecondary education in Florida, focusing on the missions, locations, and capacity of existing institutions in light of projected population and enrollment trends over the next decade. Interviews were conducted with over 40 Florida education policy leaders, including staff and leaders from community colleges, public universities, and independent institutions. The study found that the capacities of postsecondary institutions were being strained by the state's rapidly growing population and demand for services. The following priority goals were identified: strengthen long range, statewide planning; improve undergraduate education; and improve the enrollment, retention, and graduation of the state's minority students. Specific recommendations included the following: (1) the existing structure for the governance and delivery of Florida's postsecondary education should be maintained; (2) planning processes of the state university and community colleges should occur within the framework of the Master Plan for Florida Postsecondary Education; (3) a statewide planning process should be developed for creating new postsecondary institutions; (4) joint-use university facilities involving a university presence on a community college campus should be located no more than one hour from a main university campus; (5) independent colleges and universities should be consulted in state planning for future postsecondary services; (6) Florida's two-plus-two system should be reinforced in all enrollment planning and policy development; (7) the impact of limited access programs on the ability of both native lower-division students and community college students to enter the upper division should be monitored; and (8) an evaluation and reward system should be developed to promote effective teaching. The bulk of the document is a consultant's report, "An Examination of the Overall Structure for the Delivery of Public Postsecondary Education in Florida," which is attached. Ten tables of data are appended. (WJT)
Descriptors: College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Development, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Governance, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Population Trends, Postsecondary Education, Public Colleges, State Surveys, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Postsecondary Education Commission, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida