Economic Success Measures - Florida
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Bar chart showing the lower quartile, median and upper quartile earnings for 1st Year Outcomes for 5 graduating classes (2009/10 - 2013/14), by qualification level

 

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        Beyond Education

        Welcome to Economic Success Measures – Florida

        Section 445.07, F.S., requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to make available, to the public, an on-line tool that provides students, parents and others with outcome information on the employment and earnings of Florida graduates from public institutions of higher education - state universities, state college institutions, and district technical centers.

        The data source for this information is the Florida Department of Education’s Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) and Office of Student Financial Assistance.

        Outcome data relating to employment, earnings, continued education, etc., can be viewed in several ways:

        1. Outcome information for graduates/completers in their first year after graduation for a five year period.  (Graduates/completers in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.)
        2. Outcome information for 2013-2014 graduates/completers in their first year after graduation/completion; and,
        3. Outcome information for graduates/completers in their first year after graduation/completion and five years later (i.e., what the graduates/completers’ outcomes are in their first year of completion (2009-2010) and what they are in 2013-2014.)  There will be two drop downs showing 1st year and 5th year outcomes.

        Note: Outcomes displaying an asterisk (*) means there is less than 10 graduates/completers in that program so results are suppressed. 


        Converting Data into Meaningful Information

        While this online tool provides a valid and reliable measure of the benefits of a college degree or career certification, it is important that the consumer is aware of limitations on what can be inferred from the data provided:

        Earning a degree or credential is a large and valuable investment of time and effort.  Paying for college is likewise a significant financial investment.  Although a student’s choice of major is a personal decision, information about employment and earnings upon graduation can provide informed and realistic preparation and expectations.  It is important to note that the earnings of graduates of any program reflect a variety of factors independent of the graduate’s educational experience, (e.g., their background, the local job market, where the graduate lives and works (rural/urban) and more.)  Nonetheless, these data can be an important tool for students, parents, and others.