Florida ranked first in the nation for higher education, U.S. News and World Report says – Orlando Sentinel
Florida once again is rated first in the nation for higher education, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings released Tuesday.
The rankings are based on the percentage of residents who have college degrees, the time it takes students to complete two- and four-year programs at public institutions, the cost of in-state tuition and fees and the average debt for the graduating class of 2017.
“It is no surprise that U.S. News & World Report has again named Florida the top state in the nation for higher education,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in press release. “Our state colleges and universities have prioritized affordability and pathways for career and life and, as a result, they are transforming our state. I look forward to celebrating continued success as we build on this positive momentum.”
Sydney Kitson, vice chairman of the Board of Governors, which oversees the Florida university system, said he saw the rankings as evidence that the state’s performance funding is working. Institutions are rewarded based on measures such as graduation and retention rates.