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Community, State Colleges Looking To Follow Universities With Performance Funding

Randy Hanna, Florida College System Chancellor
Florida Department of Education
Randy Hanna, Florida College System Chancellor

This year Florida’s colleges are trying to get in on the state’s performance funding scheme for higher education.

The colleges want Florida lawmakers to award them additional funds based upon how well they do in terms of graduation rates and other metrics: similar to how universities now get extra dollars. Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna says what the colleges will be evaluated on is still under consideration:

" I think you’ll see a focus on completions, time and cost to degree, I think you’ll also see a focus on the percentage of students who leave the Florida college system either moving on into higher education or getting a job," he said.   

Florida's public colleges and universities are increasingly trying to find ways to justify their keep as Florida leaders demand more accountability from them—especially when it comes to how money is being spent and whether students are graduating and getting jobs. The institutions are hoping if they can show lawmakers they are making progress, the legislature and governor will be more inclined to boost the base dollar amount schools receive, which makes up the bulk of their funding.

Florida's universities are asking for $80 million dollars in performance funding this year.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas. She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.
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