Study gives Florida higher education high marks

Universities get high marks for student access, success, efficiency

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A business-backed national study gives Florida's public colleges and universities high marks for student access and success as well as efficiency.

The chairman of the board that oversees Florida's 12 state universities said Wednesday it was evidence the state's accountability framework is working.

Tuesday's report was released by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Chairman Dean Colson noted Florida was the only state that received an A in student access and success for both four- and two-year schools.

Florida's universities also had the lowest cost per completion at $46,071 per student while its 2-year colleges ranked third at $38,146.

The state, though, received C grades for meeting labor market demand and transparency and accountability. Florida was also graded a D in innovation.

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