Evaluating Florida's Policy of Expanding Access Through Community College Baccalaureate Degrees

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Title:
Evaluating Florida's Policy of Expanding Access Through Community College Baccalaureate Degrees An Analysis of Enrollment Trends, Demographic Characteristics and Systemic Impacts
Physical Description:
1 online resource (166 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Neuhard, Ian P
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ed.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Higher Education Administration, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Committee Chair:
CAMPBELL,DALE FRANKLIN
Committee Co-Chair:
WOOD,R C
Committee Members:
SANDEEN,CARL A
LEVERTY,LYNN H

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
access -- analysis -- baccalaureate -- bachelor's -- characteristics -- college -- community -- degree -- demographic -- enrollment -- evaluation -- expanding -- florida -- impacts -- longitudinal -- neuhard -- policy -- state -- system -- systemic -- trends -- university
Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Higher Education Administration thesis, Ed.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

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Abstract:
The policy of utilizing community colleges to expand baccalaureate degree access has generated controversy in Florida and other states, partially due to a lack of data regarding the impacts of these programs on other institutions and systems of higher education.  This study examined longitudinal enrollment trends and cross-sectional demographic characteristics of upper-division students in the Florida College System (FCS) and the Florida State University System (SUS).  A special focus of this research was on institutions in close geographic proximity where baccalaureate degree programs have been duplicated.  This study provides insight for policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders who need to know if Florida’s community college baccalaureate programs are increasing access to bachelor’s degrees in Florida, or whether enrollments from the SUS are merely being redistributed into the FCS.  The results of the longitudinal enrollment analysis showed that total upper-division enrollments at state universities have increased at a faster rate since community college baccalaureates were authorized in Florida than in the ten years prior to their authorization.  Across the entire State University System, enrollments in Nursing and Exceptional Student Education have increased since the first community college baccalaureates were authorized in those disciplines.  Elementary Education enrollments increased for the first five years and then decreased each year since 2008-09 in conjunction with education reform efforts and budget cuts in Florida.  At institutions in close geographic proximity where baccalaureate degree programs were duplicated, there was no evidence of long-term, negative enrollment impacts.  There was limited evidence of short-term impacts in Education programs when looking from one year prior, to two years after, FCS programs were initiated.  The analysis of 2010 demographic characteristics for the full populations of upper-division students in both systems revealed large differences in age, expected family contribution, gender, race/ethnicity, full-time/part-time status, and dependency status.  Similar demographic patterns were found in the duplicated academic programs of Nursing, Exceptional Student Education, and Elementary Education.  The demographic differences between the populations, combined with the data on enrollment trends, suggest that community college baccalaureate degrees in Florida are successfully increasing access, especially for nontraditional populations, without sustained impacts on state university system enrollments.
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Ian P Neuhard.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: CAMPBELL,DALE FRANKLIN.
Local:
Co-adviser: WOOD,R C.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-12-31

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Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0046189:00001