Economic Success Measures - Florida

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Data Disclosure

The data provided for the cohorts only includes graduates/completers with valid social security numbers and the earnings represent graduates/completers who meet the full-time threshold. The full-time threshold equals the hourly minimum wage, multiplied by 40 hours per week multiplied by 13 weeks. Earnings and public assistance data presented reflects the 4th quarter of the year (October – December). These wages presented are annualized by multiplying by four. Finally, the records are unduplicated between years; therefore, students are represented only once per year. Student Loan Debt Data is self-reported by each public educational institution at the institution level. The data reflects the average student loan debt of all students attending the educational institution during 2013-2014, not just graduates. The data includes federal student loans from Stafford, Perkins, Graduate PLUS, Parent PLUS, and TEACH.

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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 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.)
  2. Outcome information for 2014-2015 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 (2010-2011) and what they are in 2014-2015.)  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.