State College of Florida Earns the Gold Standard Among Florida Colleges

(Bradenton, Fla., July 30, 2015) – A new performance funding system for state colleges approved last week by the State Board of Education ranked the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) sixth in the state, placing it in the top tier of Florida’s 28 colleges.

This distinction recognizes SCF’s superior performance in educating local students, protects the school’s current funding and promises an additional percentage of the state’s education budget.

“We’re pleased with the advent of performance funding for the state’s college system,” said SCF President Carol Probstfeld. “We will not only receive $655,739 that we can invest in our students’ success, but this No. 6 ranking validates that we are headed in the right direction at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.”

The performance funding model consists of four measures, specified by the state legislature: job placement/continuing education; completion rates; retention rates, and completer entry wages. The budget allocated $20 million in new money for performance funding and also took $20 million from the Florida College System schools’ base budgets. Colleges in the gold (seven colleges) and silver categories (16) have their original funding restored and receive additional performance dollars based on the total points earned in the funding model. Those in the bronze category (five) must submit an improvement plan and demonstrate progress to earn back their base budget funding.

According to the funding model, job placement is SCF’s strongest measure.

“It’s important to keep the perspective that the Florida College System is one of the best in the nation,” Probstfeld said. “While we enjoy our gold ranking among the system’s top schools, those in the bronze category would still rank among the top community colleges in the country.”

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