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Honors College diploma


In Florida, state reforms such as performance-based funding, preeminence, and the elimination of race-based affirmative action have influenced the composition of student populations in the State University System of Florida (SUS), particularly the composition of Black students across the SUS. This research creates a new framework with which to evaluate state universities, referred to as a Report Card. It utilizes analytical frameworks developed by Allen et al. (2018), Chetty et al. (2017), Peters & Voight (2018), and Leonhardt (2017), and data points were extracted from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the SUS, the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE), the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year, and Chetty et al. (2017). This study calculates Report Card Scores to evaluate the five universities in three categories: Racial Equity, Access, and University Quality. It found that flagship universities in Florida have limited racial diversity and relatively strong student outcomes, while diverse institutions provide greater upward mobility for students.

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Howard Frank