New College losing some of its funding?

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<p>I was surprised by NCF’s shortfalls in several of the metrics.</p>

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<p>NCF needs to improve it’s academic progress rate (metric 5) and it’s Six Year Graduation Rate (metric 4). It’s also doing a poor job with % of Freshman in Top 10% of Graduating High School Class.</p>

<p>Whatever action plan they design has to take into account student recruiting. </p>

<p>BTW: NCF will be able to get the funding back, if it hits it’s targets outlined in NCF’s improvement plan. </p>

<p>NCF is so strong in so many metrics, it just proves how meaningless Florida’s official metrics are for them. They hope to compensate for the shortfall with fundraising and private grants. They are an extraordinary college. My son chose them over much more “prestigious” colleges (e.g. Tulane, Occidental, UC San Diego, Pitzer, et al), largely because of the competitive price tag. They are not meant to be a pre-professional school; they are a liberal arts college. Students who want to go to UF or FSU for Business or Engineering majors will go there; the ones who want to combine neurophysics and music in a self-designed curriculum will go to NCF. The poor graduation rate has to do with the thesis program, which lots of students lack the motivation to complete in time. They presume that NCF will be (literally) a day at the beach, and don’t expect it to be as difficult as it is. It’s tough to make the adjustment from a typical, structured high school to the NCF system.</p>