ERIC Number: ED477422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Voluntary Bright Futures Scholarship Testing Program Would Reduce Costs. OPPAGA Information Brief.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
The Bright Futures Scholarship testing program in Florida currently requires all scholarship recipients to make at least five acceleration attempts. The program can produce savings, but only if students pass the tests and use the credits earned to graduate more quickly from college. However, students graduating from Florida public universities in 2001-2002 used only 51% of the College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) credits they had earned. If Bright Futures students use a similar percentage, the program's costs will outweigh its benefits. Voluntary CLEP testing would reduce state costs while still encouraging students to use the CLEP testing program to accelerate their graduation. In addition, the Florida Legislature should require students who take more than 115% of the credits required for their degree to pay for the full cost of tuition. This will save the state $30 million by reducing the number of extra courses taken or increasing tuition revenues from excess credits. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), College Credits, College Students, Higher Education, Program Costs, Scholarships, Tuition
OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Peer Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475. Tel: 800-531-2477 (Toll Free); Tel: 850-488-0021; Fax: 850-487-3804; Web site: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Level Examination Program