OPPAGA Justification Review of the State University System, Florida Department of Education.Report as inadecuate

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State law requires the Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to conduct a program evaluation and justification review of the Florida State University System. To fulfill its mission and purposes, the Board of Regents and the state universities developed three programs: instruction, research, and public service. This report analyzes each of the three programs and makes recommendations for improving productivity and cost-effectiveness in each area. The Florida State University System is composed of 10 universities that serve more than 140,000 full-time equivalent students annually. In July 2001, the university system's governance will change from the Board of Regents to the Florida Board of Education, with a chancellor and local boards of trustees for each institution. The evaluators used a variety of sources and methods to consider the three university programs and to make recommendations. To help ensure that the instructional program continues to add value, it is recommended that universities determine the characteristics of students who take excess hours and the major reasons contributing to excess hours. Universities should then consider implementing some specific strategies described in this report or develop others to decrease the excess hours taken by students. The Legislature should also develop a mechanism to better coordinate the development of distance learning courses. To ensure that the research and public service programs are accountable and provide useful information to the Legislature, the Florida Board of Education and the Chancellor of Colleges and Universities should work to develop performance standards to describe who benefits from research and public service projects. Some other suggestions are made for increased accountability and the dissemination of information about research and public service projects. The first appendix contains a chart of performance-based program budgeting measures for fiscal year 2000-2001. The second appendix contains the response to this report from the State University System of Florida. (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cost Effectiveness, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Service, Research Universities, State Government, State Universities

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Author: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6878&id=ED454775

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