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University degree programs need transparency, chairman says



Students entering Florida universities need to know what their chances of employment are based on the degree programs they choose, Florida lawmakers say. Last year, they adopted legislation mandating that each university provide data on past students' salaries and jobs after graduating from each major.

This year, a key priority in the Senate is to ensure that this transparency exists and the reports are made, education policy chairman John Legg told the Gradebook.

Already, the state department of economic opportunity is collecting the information, Legg said. The goal is to make sure that this directive doesn't sit on the shelf afterward, he explained.

"On the front end, when students pick a degree, they should be able to see here's what the employability is from the university," Legg said.

Gov. Rick Scott has stressed his desire to better link higher education to jobs. Do you think this type of jobs report will change students' college plans?

[Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:23pm]


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