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  1. Presented By:Dr. Connie GraunkeExecutive Director Florida Center for Advising & Academic SupportFlorida Department of EducationMarch 1, 2007 Florida’s Student Advising System

  2. What is FACTS.org? • Florida’s central web resource for student advising: • Assists students plan and track educational progress • Facilitates seamless transfer • For K-20 and beyond • Customized student information • Distributive system accessing postsecondary institutions’ information systems • Centralized system for secondary students to access student records

  3. Background 1995 Legislation passed (s. 1007.28 F.S.) Charged the Board of Regents and the State Board of Community Colleges with the establishment and maintenance of “a single, statewide, computer assisted student advising system…”

  4. Average of Excess Credit Hours by Major Changes Source: DOE, State University System

  5. 1998 Prototype and Plan Completed • Distributive System • Utilizing Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN) • FASTER Transcripts • Institutional Audits • Web Access 1998 Legislature funded effort 2000 System rolled out

  6. FACTS.org Postsecondary Data Flow Institutional Communication Servers - Applications and Data at Host Sites Users INSTITUTION A, B, . . . FACTS.org INSTITUTION E, F, . . .

  7. College Degree/Program Audits • Compare a student’s transcript to degree requirements (real-time, Florida-based) • Any program, any school, any time! • Guest Audit • Local Audit • Remote Degree/Program Shopping • 2+2 University Transfer Evaluation

  8. 2+2 Evaluation Data Sources FACTS.org 2+2 Evaluation Community College Gen Ed Common Prerequisites SUS Upper & Lower Level Courses Users

  9. Identify Career Path Employment & Lifelong Learning Plan High School ePEP & Eval Track & Transfer Postsecondary Progress to Degree Explore & Apply Admissions & Fin Aid FACTS.org Plan

  10. FY 00-01 2,015,872 FY 05-06 12,200,252

  11. More Background • 2001 Department of Education Re-org • 2002 High School Academic Evaluations • 2005 ePEP (High School Course Planner) • 2006 A++ Legislation

  12. ePEP Data Sources State Master School ID File State Student Information System State High School Transcript Database (NWRDC) Major Areas of Interest Database State K-20 Data Warehouse FACTS.org ePEP Users

  13. ePEP Features • Plan high school courses (from Middle to High School) • Select College Prep, Career Prep, or Standard Graduation Prep • Select courses specific to school and grad plan • Alternate views (by subject area or grade level) • Ability to print with signature lines • Compare Feature • High School Evaluation • Save and Print feature with parent, counselor, student signature lines

  14. Supports Strategic Initiatives • Help student prepare for and enroll in P.S. education • Aligns high school with P.S. • Helps reduce drop out and increase graduation by helping to provide relevance between career selections and high school curriculum • Reduces Excess Hours • Students Centered- Empowers students (and parents) • Provides exceptional value that institutions could not achieve by themselves or with another vendor. • Technology for today’s student

  15. Questions? Dr. Connie W. Graunke Florida Center for Advising & Academic Support Florida Department of Education 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 834 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 (850) 245-0518 Connie.Graunke@fldoe.org FACTS.org Helpdesk (866) 324-2618