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Degrees Awarded Without Excess Hours



2% change from previous year

In 2009, the Florida Legislature established an “Excess Credit Hour Surcharge” to encourage students to complete their bachelors degrees as quickly as possible. As a result, the Board of Governors included a metric to measure the share of its students who complete a degree without excess hours in its Strategic Plan.

Degrees Awarded Without Excess Hours

Historically, it has been common for students to take five, six years or even longer to complete a four-year degree.  By measuring excess hours (110% of hours needed to complete a degree), the system has developed strategies and programs to keep students on track to timely degree completion, saving students both time and money.

This metric is included in the Board’s Performance-Based Funding Model, Accountability Plan and 2025 Strategic Plan. 

Source: State University Database System (SUDS).