ERIC Number: ED481037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Budget Incentives and Interagency Articulation Improve, But Graduation Rates Still Inflated. OPPAGA Progress Report.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
In accordance with Florida state law, this progress report informs the Legislature of actions taken by Florida's Community College System in response to a 1999 Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) review. The OPPAGA found that the Legislature and the Division of Community Colleges have implemented several of their recommendations, including the addition of measures to the performance-based incentive fund. However, the following recommendations have not been implemented: (1) The division continues to inflate and present misleading graduation rates when it excludes from calculations students who drop out before earning 18 credit hours; (2) OPPAGA continues to recommend that the state fund community colleges using a combination of input-based and performance-based funding; (3) The state has not established policies to address the number of excess hours taken in relation to total degree requirements. About 79% of students in an OPPAGA study failed or withdrew from at least one college credit course, costing the state around $32 million. OPPAGA recommended providing additional incentives to encourage colleges to improve graduation and retention rates. Overall, OPPAGA found that the community college funding process could be improved by focusing more funding on performance and by ensuring that colleges receive a level of funding that is suitable for the specific provided and the students served. (NB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Articulation (Education), Budgets, Community Colleges, Degree Requirements, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Graduation Rate, Job Training, State Aid, Time to Degree, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year Colleges
OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475. Tel: 800-531-2477 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.