Presentation on theme: "How Can We Improve the Quality and Accessibility of Education in the Florida Public University System?"— Presentation transcript:
How Can We Improve the Quality and Accessibility of Education in the Florida Public University System?
How Did We Get to This Topic? Concerned about existing number of engineering grads vs. demand Concerned about quality of engineering programs at Florida universities. The group was tasked to take a broader view, instead of focusing on engineering.
Rankings State Population Highest Ranking Public University Resident Undergraduate Tuition Money Spent per Student Student to Faculty Ratio Starting Salaries in Job Market 4 th 50 th 49 th 34 th 36 th
Problems Low Tuition Florida Prepaid Tuition Program –Largest Program in US –Limits Tuition Increases to 6.8% per year –Only State Still Writing Contracts Merit-Based Aid vs. Need-Based Aid –Bright Futures Scholarships Tuition is Capped Can Qualify with SAT Score Less Than Florida Avg. 71% of Recipients Do Not Need Financial Assistance State Subsidies –$1.8 Billion to Public Universities –$35 Million to Private Universities
Problems On average, only 20% of Florida’s students earn a 4-year degree within 4-years at a public university, by the sixth year this becomes 50%. Faculty salaries are low, class sizes are high, and facilities need to be expanded. Unreasonably High Non-Resident Graduate and Professional Degree Tuition Rates
Solutions The Florida Council of 100 recommends a 15% annual tuition increase over 5-years. Renegotiate the prepay program. Increase requirements to qualify for Bright Future scholarships so money can be diverted to need based aid. Do not set Bright Future scholarships as a percentage of tuition, but as a fixed dollar amount. Devolution of authority to set tuition