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Turning the Dials on Student Success The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities emerged from a common commitment to transforming students’ lives and the metropolitan areas that we serve at Florida International University in Miami, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and the University of South Florida in Tampa Bay. The combination of resources, expertise, and commitment allows the Florida Consortium to explore and lead initiatives at a speed and scale that none of the universities could achieve individually. We’ve found ways to amplify our collective strengths by SHARING IDEAS to transform higher education. Since starting down this road we hit a few bumps which helped us to place laser focus on DESIGNING SOLUTIONS to answer many of the common questions about the modern American university. And now as we close this year we’re confident that working together is critical to ENSURING SUCCESS for our over 170,000 students. Our work is similar to creating a classic song or signature sound from a well know band. We understand that, like any great band, each university brings their own creative vision to the group and this creates a unique sound. Two years into our work together we are keenly aware of the collective talents in leadership, faculty, administrators and students at Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida. The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities made tremendous strides and hit a few high notes. And even with impressive individual achievements we are realistic enough to know there is always room for fine tuning to ensure meaningful outcomes are met for a greater number of students and our communities at large. Our work is important because the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities is on a mission to:  

Graduate more students in high-demand areas and build a stronger workforce Increase the number of under-represented students graduating with the skills and

credentials required by Florida's employers Develop, cultivate and apply the best student success practices, policies and programs

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3 By 2020 we will:  Increase the number of baccalaureate degrees 12%  Improve the six-year graduation rate of minority students by four percent  Increase the number of graduates employed in Florida by three percent  Enhance the salaries that our graduates earn in the workplace by 10% Our strategy:    

Utilize Predicative Analytics Forge High Tech Pathways Provide Targeted Support Enhance Career Training & Readiness

In 2016-2017 our efforts are comparable to going into the music studio to create that new hit song. The instruments were plugged in, we assembled the right players, and found the inspiration to create a new sound.

Turning the Dials on Student Success One of our collective high notes can be found in how we recruit, enroll, and retain students from traditionally underrepresented populations, and this includes thousands of students with financial need. We are proud of the number of Pell eligible students who attend our universities. Because of that high Pell access number all three universities rank high on the College Net Social Mobility Index. This metric measures the social mobility index of a university. Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017


As we know, access is a key performance indicator of a university’s effectiveness. We change lives by moving students up and to other rungs on the prosperity ladder. Below are our National Pell distribution Rankings according to the Chronicle of Higher Education in their 2017 Almanac:

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Baccalaureate Degrees A warded Origi nal Projections Current Progres s

Performa nce Pl us Projections 34,110

34,200 33,700 33,200 32,700

32,210 32,046

32,200 31,700

31,211 31,176 30,950




30,700 30,450 30,200 Bas el i ne




Full-Time Employment or Conti nuing Educati on Original Projections Current Progress

Performance Plus Projections







67.5 67




66 65.5 65.5


65 Baseline






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Median Salar y Ori gi nal Projections Current Progres s 39,750 39,250 38,750 38,250 37,750 37,250 36,750 36,250 35,520 35,750 35,250 Bas el i ne

Performa nce Pl us Projections

39,072 38,477

37,072 36,072 35,875







Six Year Grad Rates - Minor ity Students (2010 Cohort) Origina l Projections Current Progres s 67.5 67 66.5 66 65.5 65 64.5 64 63.5 63 63 62.5 Bas eline

Performance Pl us Projections 67

65 64







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7 By connecting faculty and administrators, and providing support, financial and otherwise, we can ensure student success for decades to come. The importance of our collaboration is clearer now more than ever.

In 2016-2017, we learned from the previous year and worked harder to make the right connections across campus and out in the communities in which FIU, UCF, and USF reside. The great news, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities is on track to meet our 2020 goals. This past year we substantially increased cross intuitional collaboration and community engagement.

Turning the Dials on Student Success Florida Consortium 2016-2017 collaborative impact at glance speaks volumes:

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Turning the Dials on Student Success The early successes and unintended consequences of our partnership has also led to interest within philanthropy and has resulted in several lucrative grants. With an infusion of funds we’ve Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017

9 been able to achieve several high notes none of which were included in the initial vision for the Consortium. Starting in 2015, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded the Florida Consortium a $506,000 faculty planning grant to focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty development and innovative teaching strategies. With this support we brought 75 faculty together. They spent a year investigating and developing teaching and learning improvements. Here are a few examples: 

A STEM First-Year Experience course and summer Bootcamp to help STEM majors

succeed in introductory science and math courses A proficiency exam for pre-calculus and stretching Calculus over two semesters because

Calculus is often “the” barrier to advancing in STEM fields of study The group also took a critical look at General Chemistry course requirements to help prepare students to succeed in Organic Chemistry, another important course for STEM fields of study

On the heels of this successful collaboration with STEM faculty the Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded the Florida Consortium another grant in 2017. This follow up $1.5 million grant was issued to help us to continue and build on our work. The Helmsley Charitable Trust funded our STEM College to Career Continuum program for students in Florida. This support was necessary to help us expand our collaboration beyond the classroom. Recruiting and graduating students in the highly sought after STEM fields is essential to the state given our economic goals and demand for skilled workers. According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, there are currently 55,000 unfilled jobs in STEM fields and that number will grow annually by 12% in coming years. Overall, the Florida Chamber of Commerce estimates Florida will need to add over two million new jobs to the economy by 2030 to keep up with our growing population.

Turning the Dials on Student Success The past year, the Florida Consortium, along with leaders from our member institutions implemented Network Improvement Communities (NICs) to further investigate how our universities can increase the number of STEM graduates. This action-oriented and collective impact approach first designed by the Carnegie Foundation is designed to support students Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017

10 from college through to careers by aligning all of the stakeholders who will play a key role in their college to career path. For the next year faculty from FIU, UCF, USF, along with educators from regional community colleges, and business leaders are working together to minimize barriers to persisting in STEM fields of study. The NICs are working to improve career pathways for STEM students in Florida. Together, we are realigning expectations and support students receive in their transitions from community college or four-year institutions and on to higher wage careers in the Sunshine State. To date, we’ve engaged the business community, state college system, and regional community leaders. The Florida Consortium also leveraged funding from the Helmsley grant to partner with Burning Glass Technologies, a Boston based Technology Company that specializes in using labor market data to guide information based decision making. By partnering with Burning Glass we brought one of the most powerful labor market insight databases to FIU, UCF, and USF. Through Burning Glass, member institutions now have access to labor market data, trends, and certifications employers are looking for and match them to academic programs. This technology has been essential in our joint College to Career Continuum project and career readiness work. Burning Glass solutions can be used to help universities analyze labor market trends in coordination with college course offerings and career readiness offerings for students. We’re working across our campuses to help administrators integrate labor insights into curriculum development, program reviews, academic and career advisement and more. In fact, in 2017, the Florida Consortium published the Doubling Florida Job Opportunities brief and hosted several virtual trainings with faculty, staff, and stakeholders to showcase the tangible benefits of labor market data and insights. The Florida Consortium also leveraged this infusion of resources from the Helmsley Charitable Trust grant to advance our community engagement efforts. Turning the Dials on Student Success We actively worked to foster a relationship with Florida’s industry partners many of which engage with the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The fruits of these efforts can be seen in our inclusion in Florida Chamber sponsored events such as Learners to Earners Summit, Future Florida Forum, as well as the International Trade & Investment Conference. We also worked with the Florida Chamber to host three Statewide College to Career Employability Summits whose purpose was to engage and hear from employers and community leaders.

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11 Also noteworthy, the Florida Consortium contributed to the Chamber’s Florida 2030 report. This in depth analysis of the state’s labor market included qualitative interviews with more than 90 stakeholders from Florida’s business, education, nonprofit, and workforce communities. The report examined the skills required to perform 21st-century jobs and anticipated gaps in the labor market. We were thrilled to contribute and give voice to higher education’s role in the future of the state. As news of our collaboration continued to spread through the state partnerships across campuses formed organically. From curriculum review projects within FIU, UCF and USF Communications Departments to collaborative plans to increase residency opportunities in Florida within our Medical Schools. The rolling thunder of our collaboration model continued throughout the past year. For example, in late 2016, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities member institutions received a $1.5 million grant each from the National Science Foundation to serve our Engineering schools. The grants will fund student scholarships aimed at increasing the number of graduates in computer and information technology fields of study and support of the collaborative Florida IT Pathways to Success project. This infusion of resources builds on existing Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grants from the Florida Board of Governors. Previously, FIU, UCF, and USF received $3,643,157 for An Innovative, Collaborative Approach to Increasing the Supply of Quality Accounting Graduates in Florida (ACCT). Turning the Dials on Student Success FIU, UCF, and USF also received $4,858,413 for the Urban University Coalition Response to Florida’s Computer and Information Technology Workforce Needs (CSIT) grant. These grants were designed to increase enrollment and graduation in areas of strategic importance in Florida. In total, both the NSF and TEAm grants support wider and deeper collaboration within faculty and administrators on our campuses. They also provided much needed scholarships, an internship portal, and virtual career fairs that promoted work experience and career readiness. Time and time again our collaboration has connected experts across our campuses. Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017


In the two years since our formal founding, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities has hit the ground running and continues to build momentum. We’ve developed a strong relationship with the Kresge Foundation. The relationship led to a communications grant for $200,000. In 20162017 the Florida Consortium dramatically increased communication efforts and engaging

the public. From a

research brief, inter-campus newsletter, a brand

new website,

increased visibility on social media, numerous

press releases

to several panel/speakerships and signature successfully leveraged the Kresge communication grant to

events, we’ve spread the

Florida Consortium’s message and impact. For example, the 2017 Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities’ second annual Student Success Conference took place


March 23-24, 2017 at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando Florida. We expanded the format for the annual gathering, featured an inspiring keynote from Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation along with a wide variety of plenary sessions and networking opportunities. In doing so, 160 administrators from FIU, UCF and USF as well as regional education partners such as the Florida College Access Network joined us in Orlando. Together administrators and faculty from our member institutions along with business and community leaders discussed the challenges students face and trends impacting our region and state. Turning the Dials on Student Success Ultimately, the conference focused on helping students complete their degrees and prepare for the modern workplace. Once we wrapped our 2017 gathering we reviewed feedback from conference attendees and began discussing what we could do to raise the bar in 2018 and beyond. At the same time, our longtime collaborator Paul Dosal, Vice President of Student Affairs and Students Success at the University of South Florida was having a similar discussion with his team. So in partnership with USF we are hosting the inaugural National Student Success Conference in 2018. The National Student Success Conference will take place February 21-23, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Dr. George D. Kuh, the Founding Director, Senior Scholar and Co-principal Investigator at the National Institute for Learning Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017

13 Outcomes Assessment is set to deliver an informative keynote presentation during the conference. Dr. Dan Greenstein of the Gates Foundation and Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-founder & Chief Learning Officer at Civitas Learning Inc. will also serve as main stage keynote presenters. Also noteworthy, Paul Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation will moderate the Central Florida Education Ecosystem panel during the conference. This panel which features Dr. A. Dale Whittaker, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Sanford "Sandy" Shugart, President of Valencia College, Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of the Orange County Public Schools and Dr. Ronald "Scott" Fritz Chief of Staff and associate Superintendent from the Osceola County Public Schools. Conference attendees are in for a treat because the Central Florida region is poised to become the national leader in student analytics and this interactive panel discussion will give insight into the changing the rules of engagement in education. Turning the Dials on Student Success Ultimately, the National Student Success Conference along with targeted communications and events helps us to engage and drive change in a meaningful way. Notable 2016-2017 Florida Consortium News & Information Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities institutions offer powerful tools and resources for students, recent college graduates, and employers Helmsley Charitable Trust awards $1.5 million grant to fund STEM College to Career program for students in Florida The National Science Foundation Awards Millions to Florida Consortium Member Institutions Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017

14 Can Decoding Labor Market Data Increase Jobs Opportunities? The Value of Engaged Students The Public Benefit of Higher Education Maybe Colleges Should Take a Lesson from Zoos

Turning the Dials on Student Success The Florida Consortium’s 2018 Ongoing Project List 1. Expansive Strategic Planning Process led by Thomas P. Miller and Associates and funded by Helios Education Foundation 2. College to Career Network Improvement Communities funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust  Complete and publish program deliverables  Present findings, strategies, and recommendations at 2018 summit  Publish workforce/labor insights resource with Burning Glass The Florida Consortium’s 2018 Ongoing Project List 3. Predictive Analytics  Study and track our joint Performance Metrics to ensure we hit 2020 goals  Present findings from the Wisconsin Hope Lab Homeless/Foster Student report 4. Targeted Student Support & High Tech Pathways  Provide best practices sessions programming during National Student Success Conference for administrators across each campus with the aim of providing ways to increase student support and success 5. Career Readiness  Virtual Career Fair in 2018 Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017

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Produce “Future of Work” signature event in South Florida to bring greater

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understanding of the workforce development needs to higher education Engaging with Career Services guide for small to medium size businesses Sponsor professional development opportunities for Career Services & Talent Development contributors at FIU, UCF, and USF

Turning the Dials on Student Success Florida Consortium 2018 Event Roster          

2018 Sunshine Teaching & Learning Conference 2018 National Student Success Conference Florida Career Centers’ 2018 Statewide Job Fair University of Central Florida: Summer Faculty Development Conference Florida College Access Network Annual Meeting Florida Chamber's Future of Florida Forum Florida Chamber's Learners to Earners Summit State University System of Florida Board of Governors Meetings President's Councils Florida Metropolitan STEM Continuum Network Improvement Community

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Summit Florida Metropolitan STEM Continuum Teaching & Learning NIC Meeting Florida Metropolitan STEM Continuum Transfer NIC Meeting Florida Metropolitan STEM Continuum Employment NIC Meeting

Additional 2018 Opportunities 

Higher education representative on Florida Chamber of Commerce

Innovation Pillar Higher education consultant for Central Florida education ecosystem

Faculty development and support in teaching and learning is an important part of our efforts. All three Centers for Teaching and Learning have

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tremendous resources for faculty development A collaborative and mutually beneficial research agenda Develop a policy agenda that can help set the higher education conversation

statewide Strategic communications to tell our story and advance our collaborative work

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Turning the Dials on Student Success In closing, Helios Education Foundation has been an invaluable partner since day one. Our work at the work the Florida Consortium aligns well with their Theory of Change for PostEducation Success. This alignment of ideas, outcomes, and vested interest in college completion for underrepresented populations has been essential for our sustainability to date. Early in 2017, Helios supported the Florida Consortium with a follow up $300,000 planning grant that lasts until 2019. We are excited about building on our success and taking our efforts to the With the generous contribution from our partner Helios Education Foundation, we are investing the intellectual capital necessary to design a scalable operating model that will improve the lives of our students throughout the state of Florida for years to come. We are designing a pathway to increase access regardless of student’s zip code. We are establishing the foundational conditions so that when students enter the classroom they will have the academic rigor, market focused advisement, and ongoing support. And by graduation they’ll be ready to transition into a career with purpose that provides the financial stability to live comfortably in our beautiful state. It is time to turn up the dials on student success!

Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017


Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report 2016-2017

2016- 2017 Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report  
2016- 2017 Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report  

Summary and highlights on the Florida Consortium's second year of working together.