University of Florida offers admission to 3,100, but with a catch: Freshman year is online only

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Like thousands of high school seniors across the state, Jesse Rascon nervously awaited a decision from the University of Florida, the state’s flagship school.

The answer left him perplexed.

“I opened up the notification on the website, and it didn’t say ‘Congratulations,’ but it also didn’t say, ‘We can’t offer you admission.’ So I was kind of like: ‘What is this?'” he said.

A senior in the International Baccalaureate program at John A. Ferguson High in Kendall, south of Miami, Jesse had just been offered admission to UF’s new Pathway to Campus Enrollment program.

Comments (47) April 21, 2015 For Those Without One, College Degrees Are Seen as Important but Too Expensive

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In the eyes of Americans without college degrees, higher education seems necessary but too expensive.

That is one of the main takeaways in a report released on Monday by the American Enterprise Institute, “High Costs, Uncertain Benefits: What Do Americans Without a College Degree Think About Postsecondary Education?”

The report was based on a survey of more than 1,500 people who lack college degrees about their perception of a college education. It echoed some of the findings of a public-opinion survey, released last week, of broader views of higher education.

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HIGH COSTS, UNCERTAIN BENEFITS What Do Americans Without a College Degree Think About Postsecondary Education?

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The path to economic mobility increasingly runs through postsecondary education. Although the combination of rising tuition prices and a difficult labor market have raised questions about the value of education after high school, degree and certificate holders are still better off than those with just a high school diploma.

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Report: Community College Completion: Progress Toward Goal of 50% Increase

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In April 2010, six national community college organizations (American Association of Community colleges, Association of Community College Trustees, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, League for Innovation in the Community College, Phi Theta Kappa, and Center for Community College Student Engagement) jointly signed an historic commitment to boost student completion by 50%. The participating organizations stated a bold goal for the community college field: “to produce 50 percent more students with high quality degrees and certificates by 2020, while increasing access and quality.” (See “Democracy’s Colleges Call to Action” in appendix A).
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Rich New Resource on Postsecondary Attainment

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A new federal report presents a wealth of data about how 2002’s 10th graders fared in higher education (and not) a decade later — potentially offering researchers and policy makers enormous insight into who attains postsecondary success and why.

The report offers a first look at new data from one of the U.S. Education Department’s most important longitudinal research studies, the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002, which followed 10th graders through to the 2012-13 academic year. Eighty-four percent of those high school sophomores went on to at least some postsecondary education within that decade, while 16 percent did not, with those variations differing, somewhat predictably, for certain demographic traits (women were more likely to go on than men, students from wealthier socioeconomic backgrounds were more likely than their peers, etc.).

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Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways

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Community colleges are vital to the states and the nation. The importance of community colleges as providers of postsecondary education and training is well documented. Fulfilling both economic and social roles, these institutions have successfully created new markets and empowered new populations through educational opportunity.

In establishing a Commission on Community Colleges, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) recognized and celebrated the increasingly evolving and critical role these postsecondary institutions have in every state. SREB believes this is an opportune time to foster a robust discussion among its member states on the role of these institutions across the SREB region and their potential over the next decade. Much has been asked of community colleges — and even more will be required from them in the future.

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Postsecondary Education Aspirations and Barriers

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Americans understand that a postsecondary education is the key to finding a better job and building a better
life. This lesson hit home during the recent recession, when four out of five jobs lost were ones that required a
high school diploma or less.1 Though the economy has improved, most U.S. adults say that a degree will be just
as important or even more important in the future to getting a good job.

Hispanics and blacks are more likely than whites to say it is very important to increase the proportion of
Americans with a degree or professional certificate beyond high school. Many say they have taken steps to
attaining a degree, including completing a financial aid form, talking to a college adviser or recruiter and
researching degree programs. However, blacks and Hispanics continue to lag behind the average degree
attainment rate in the U.S.

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What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion

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Given that the value of college is frequently challenged on multiple fronts these days, interest in how the public regards higher education runs pretty high among its champions.

The latest public-opinion poll from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, released here on Thursday, provides some new data points.

In general, “the vast majority of Americans value education beyond high school,” said Brandon Busteed, executive director of education at Gallup. And they see higher education as connected to getting a good job and having a good life.

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Most Americans Say Higher Education Not Affordable

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A majority of U.S. adults, 61%, believe education beyond high school is available to anyone in America who needs it — down from 67% who felt this way in 2013. However, only a small minority (21%) believe higher education is affordable.

These findings are among many releasing Thursday in a report based on the most recent Gallup-Lumina Foundation Pollconducted Nov. 3-Dec. 18, 2014.

While the majority of all Americans believe higher education is available to anyone in the U.S. who needs it, some are more likely to feel this way than others do. For instance, Hispanics are more optimistic (73%) than whites (58%) that this type of education is available to all.

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