10/10/2013 12:08 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2013

Here Are The Florida Universities Ranked By Most Successful Graduates

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There are myriad ways Florida could judge the performance of its 11 state universities.

This year, the Board of Governors focused on how each of the schools prepares graduates for the workforce, divvying up an extra $20 million in "performance funding" based on scores in three criteria: graduates' employment, wages, and cost to educate.

The grading isn't without controversy, including that the data only tracks students employed in the state of Florida after graduation.

“We’re 11 miles from Alabama," University of West Florida president Judy Bense told WUSF. "Thirty percent of our students are military related. That means we’re educating a great number of our students who can’t stay in Florida, and they’re getting good degrees and it’s helping their careers."

Research universities like the University of Florida will also see their costs scores penalized because they are focused on STEM programs -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- that cost more to produce than other degree tracks.

Officials say they're aware of the scoring issues, and will work to refine how schools are measured in order to take each one's mission into account. In the meantime, check out which of our state universities tested best in 2013 and how much their bonus checks are worth.

Are you surprised by the results?

2013 Florida University Performance Rankings


U.S. News & World Report's Best National Universities 2014