Report: Florida lags in college enrollment, soars with college completion
Compared to other states, Florida doesn’t do well getting its kids to college, but once they’re there, it does a great job getting them a degree, says a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board.
Fifty-four percent of Florida students who recently finished high school enrolled in college in 2008. That was below the national rate of 63 percent, below the regional rate of 62 percent and down three percentage points from 2000, the report said. In fact, Florida’s rate was the lowest of the 16 SREB states, trailing West Virginia (59 percent), Oklahoma (58 percent) and Texas (55 percent).
On the sunny side, the state had a six-year college graduation rate of 59 percent in 2008, putting it ahead of the national rate of 55 percent and regional rate of 53 percent. Among SREB states, it was tied with North Carolina for fifth best.