SARASOTA (WWSB) - On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis touted Florida’s higher-education system after it was named best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
In particular, it is citing relatively low amounts of debt when students graduate and a “worthwhile education” they receive. For the third year in a row, Florida held the number-one spot in the U.S. News ranking for higher education.
The ranking was based partially on low tuition costs and a large share of students who complete two-year degree programs within three years.
The metrics include the time it takes students to complete degree programs, costs of in-state tuition and debt at graduation, the percentage of Floridians who hold college degrees and how prepared students are to leave college.
DeSantis says an educated workforce will help him sway businesses and out-of-state investment to Florida.
“We have one of the lowest tuition rates in the country," DeSantis said. "You, know you can go to a top 25 public university right here in Tallahassee, at Florida State, and not go 100 thousand dollars in debt. It’s the same with our other schools. I think that is very important.”
However, Florida lags in educational attainment, which is calculated by the number of people in the state who are 25 older or older with an associate degree or higher.
The state ranks 27th in that area. Three Florida schools were ranked by U.S. News U.S. News in the top 100 national universities, including the University of Florida, the University of Miami and Florida State University.