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Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015- 2016 Full Report


Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Florida International University * University of Central Florida* University of South Florida


Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Official Title:

The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities

Lead Contact:

Dr. Michael Preston, Executive Director

Member Universities:

Florida International University University of Central Florida University of South Florida

In submitting this report on the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, I attest that:

1. This information is correct and accurate as can be known as of the submission date of September 13, 2016. 2. The Universities represented and the information presented, including data, is in the aggregate. Totals and do not represent individual university information.

Signature

Michael Preston _________________________________ Printed Name Executive Director _________________________________ Title

Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities _________________________________ Organization September 13, 2016


Executive Summary The state’s three large metropolitan public research universities--Florida International University, University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida—have established the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities 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

2020 Commitment: • Increase the number of baccalaureate degrees 12 percent • 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 percent Strategy: • • • •

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

Budget: • • • •

The three universities have committed a total of $1,125,000 over a five-year period. The Helios Education Foundation has awarded the Consortium a $500,000, five-year grant for start-up administrative costs. Interest is strong from other funding agencies. The Kresge Foundation has awarded the Florida Consortium a $200,000, two-year grant for developing multi-institutional communication strategies. The Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded the Florida Consortium a $506,000 faculty development grant to implement curricular and onboarding changes for STEM students.


Letter from the Executive Director “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.� President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962, at Rice University, Houston, Texas

Traditionally colleges and universities compete with each other. We compete for students, we compete for state resources, we compete for

research grants, and we compete on the football field. Higher education is constructed to be a system that is not inherently trusting and strongly

proprietary. However, University Presidents; Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, Dr. John C. Hitt, and Dr. Judy Genshaft decided to buck that trend and forge

a path forward, together. And why shouldn’t we? We all have a shared commitment to college access and affordability, we all are award winning research universities located in dynamic metropolitan areas. This past year has been awe inspiring in the willingness of all parties involved to

carry the conversation forward. The member universities of the Florida Consortium are like three clocks on a wall set to different times. While we are all working toward the same goals and outcomes we are different places in our expertise and needs. The desire to work together requires a level of trust and coordination that is seldom found on single campuses, let alone multiple campuses. Each university has unique policies and

procedures built for their environments, faculty and staff have built programs and courses they are individually proud of, and the never ending

need to compete for ever shrinking resources makes coming to consensus challenging, yet, we have found a lot of common ground. This first year has been dedicated to learning how to communicate, share expertise, and collaborate. In 2017, we will dig deeper to apply a process model that will help us identify best practices to apply to our environments.


Introduction 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. Together our three institutions share:

1) Common values of serving our student bodies and promoting success in and beyond the classroom for students of all backgrounds, no matter what socioeconomic status;

2) Strengths as public research universities that also have earned the Carnegie Classifications of Community Engagement for Curricular Engagement, and Outreach and Partnerships; and

3) A preference for collaborative work to improve the lives and livelihoods of Florida’s next�generation workforce and leaders.

The combination of resources, expertise, and commitment allows the Florida Consortium to launch and complete initiatives at a speed and scale

that none of the universities could attain individually. Each university has independently launched student success initiatives that have already

improved college completion rates. By integrating their efforts in a meaningful way, the three institutions can accelerate the pace and extent of

change. By producing more career ready graduates with lower debt, better training, and adaptable skill sets, the Florida Consortium will drive the economic development of Florida.


Why is this important? The state of Florida is in a time of transformation and growth. According to the US Census, by the end of 2017 the total population of high school aged Hispanic students is set to pass the total population of Caucasian students for the first time in the state’s history. The state is currently on

track to swell to 26 million residents (roughly the population of Australia) by 2030. Will there be enough good jobs to go around? Will the state of

Florida have enough seats in our university classrooms for everyone who qualifies? What does a high quality college education look like in the

future? Will the state be able to develop the kind of talent we will need to fill the growing number of jobs in our health care, high tech, and

industrial sectors? Who will lead the way in powering our Florida economy into the future? This report provides an update on the progress being made by the Florida Consortium. This report is organized and designed in five distinct sections that tells the story of our journey from opening our doors on July 7th, 2015 till July 1st, 2016.


2016 Performance Outcomes

Employed within one year of graduation Median Salary Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded (first) Six Year Minority Graduation Rate Total Enrollment Undergraduate Enrollment Graduate Enrollment Pell Grant Recipients SUS Minority Population College System Transfers Bachelor’s Degree Degrees in STEM and Health African American Degrees Hispanic Degrees

Baseline

Current

+/-

65.5% $35,520 30,450 63%

66.2% $36,419 31,176 64%

+.7% +2.3% +2.3% +1%

SUS Total 345,672 267,359 62,739 106,726 137,430 35,396 61,791 21,291 10,644 20,212

Source: 14-15 SUS Accountability Report and 13-14 FETPIP Data

** Numbers are compared to original 2014 Florida Consortium baseline numbers

Consortium 167,058 130,295 27,170 57,008 77,280 21,758 30,413 10,156 4,312 13,101

% of Total 48.3% 48.7% 43.3% 53.4% 55.6% 61.4% 49.2% 47.7% 40.5% 64.8%

+/+1.3% +.4% N/C +4.4% +1.6% +1.4% +1.2% -.8% - 5% +1.2%


Budget Narrative This year was marked with the hope that the Florida Legislature would fund our Board of Governors approved Legislative Budget Request (LBR). The LBR was approved in both 2014 and 2015 but neither was funded by the legislature. Here is an overview of 2015-2016 funding allocation: Florida Consortium Member Contributions Helios Education Foundation Kresge Foundation Totals

Expenses

$225,000

$100,000

$100,000

$425,000

Salaries and Benefits

$180,375

Annual Student Success Conference

$22,504

Communications and Marketing

$9,500

Contracts and Consulting Travel

Operational Expenses Totals

$7,697

$31,391 $13,959

$265,426


Future Financial Considerations The Florida Consortium established priorities and programs with a much smaller pool of funds since the original projected budget was not funded by the Florida Legislature. However, while we’ve made several positive strides with our current budget there is a need to investigate an

expansion of budget resources. Over the course of the next year the Florida Consortium will develop an updated budget to allow our work to continue.

The Florida Consortium Structure For the past six months the focus has been on shifting Florida Consortium’s role, given the reduced budget, from a direct funding organization to one built on best practices design through data analysis, alignment, and research based problem solving. The answer has been to develop a

process model that is aimed at working together to solve common issues facing higher education in Florida and finding low cost interventions and finding private funding for the projects that require an infusion of resources in different ways including time on task, intellectual energy, policy realignment, financial considerations, and the elimination of duplicative practices. The process looks like this: Definition of the Problem. What we know

Assessment and Results Report

Lit Review and Best Practices The Issue at Hand Data and Practice Alignment

Campus Execution and Change Policy and Program Menu


We’ve redesigned the model for the Florida Consortium to maintain focused conversations on issues and ideas that are common to our work. We are also currently working on: •

• •

Working with the State of Florida to better serve Foster Care and Homeless Students in a more consistent way including the recruitment

and retention of students who meet these criteria.

Developing a plan to address the achievement gap for our male students, which currently stands at between 6-9% at three campuses.

Designing a career path study based on the employment and labor trends of the state.

the outlined outcomes.

Responding to Governor Scott’s Finish in Four, Save More and Degrees to Jobs Challenges by working collaboratively on solutions to meet Investigating various advising strategies and their best practice implications including case management strategies and design.

Addressing excess hours by designing a joint early alert system trained on the collective efforts of all the universities. The goal being to

help students graduate on-time and without paying excess hours tuition.


Communications Strategy For the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities communication is THE ultimate mechanism for us to, connect, learn and develop plans to take our actions to the next level with students and wider community at large. The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan

Research Universities is a solution provider, thought leader and think-tank‌unique in its development but completely unified in its mission.

We will use our collective and individual impact to establish brand awareness and credibility, create and or maximize opportunities to promote our contributions and value to students, the region and the state at large. We have just recently felt that we had developed ourselves enough to begin a broad based communications campaign. In 2017 we will use fact based and or measurable outcomes to communicate our existence, mission, and overall story to stakeholders. It is our strategy to become the experts in Metropolitan educational ecosystems.


Florida Consortium Project List Predictive Analytics •

• • • • • •

Investigate and present Excess Hours report/research during Annual Student Success Conference

Investigate and present Male Student Achievement Gap report Investigate and present Homeless/Foster Student report Investigate the importance of liberal arts to STEM Produce Top Ten Majors in Florida report Produce Florida Job Outlook report

Provide best practices sessions program with the aim of providing ways to increase student support and success

Targeted Student Support & High Tech Pathways •

Hire a full time researcher to focus on persistence patterns

Produce a platform for students to communicate their journey

increase student support and success

Provide best practices sessions program along with a brief for administrators across each campus with the aim of providing ways to Evaluate possible cross training ideas

Evaluate packaging contract dates and deadlines to negotiate together


Career Readiness •

• • •

Coordinate promotion of at least one job fair on each Florida Consortium campus during the year. A total of three promoted events. Increase attendance for the Virtual Career Fair (VCF) in 2017 Pilot certification offerings in 2017

Investigate alternative job placements and submit a feasibility report by Spring 2017

Additional Opportunities • • • •

Higher education representative on Florida Chamber of Commerce Innovation Pillar Higher education contributor for Florida 2030 Research

Higher education lead for Central Florida education ecosystem

The Florida Consortium gives us a great opportunity to leverage the collective power of our three universities to file joint applications for

funding. We should develop a catalog of possible grant opportunities and what areas or information is needed on what timelines. This will •

allow us to move quicker and with more accuracy.

resources for faculty development.

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

A research agenda designed on this premise can place research opportunities in an appropriate order and priority. These results should be delivered by a series of conference presentations and invited papers.

The level of representation and inclusive influence can be a strong policy partnership. Developing partnership policy statements on such things as college affordability, college access, population support, and more can create a policy agenda that can help set the conversation

statewide and nationally.

A strong communications effort through right amount and thoughtful blog and news and information efforts. We can use our member schools to write extensively about success measures. This can not only tell our story but also help advance our POV.


The Unexpected Opportunities The original framing of the Florida Consortium was built on the idea that faculty would not be interested in this type of collaborative experience.

We were wrong. It turns out our greatest contributors are our faculty. The Helmsley Trust grant gave us the ability to get faculty to gather. Once

they did and began to discuss common issues they face with student success, the magic happened. Faculty were energized and excited to work with their peers. The result has been a litany of reports ranging from first year experiences for STEM majors to curriculum realignment. This success has also generated a commitment to continuing the work.

There is currently an effort by the Communications Departments at all three member schools to streamline the degree attainment process and

give students a greater range of options including taking summer courses on other campuses, internships and visiting student apprenticeships,

early access to graduate programs, and faculty working together for course alignment. Another is the work our Schools of Medicine. By working together they can increase the options for medical students to stay in Florida for their residency. These are just two examples of the type of conversations that have begun because the Florida Consortium gives these departments permission to reach out and collaborate.

The reasoning was not apparent at first but it should not be surprising. Faculty have more room to operate in this environment and this allows them to create. When faculty are creative and engaged they tend to do spectacular things. Student service departments do not have the same room to work. Their work is far more policy and procedure driven and those changes need to be systemic in nature and that takes time and

energy that these groups may not have much of. Also, innovation like these kinds of partnerships are intuitive for faculty. They design group projects in the classroom and know the power of collective work. It is a match made in heaven.


Florida Consortium: The Next Steps The decision by the State of Florida Legislature has exposed a new reality for the Florida Consortium. While the mission and outcomes of the

Florida Consortium have not changed the way we get there have. There is a very clear reality that the state expects our universities to address these outcomes using the Performance Based Funding they receive.

The bad news is there is not an allotment of funding coming, the good news, we are likely doing the very things we have planned to do. The way that funding is distributed may be different depending on the campus but that is not so bad. Over the next year we are going to take the current

structure of the Florida Consortium and revisit the four pillars of Predictive Analytics, High Tech Pathways, Targeted Student Support, and Career Readiness. While we have the framework for the expectations for these pillars there is not the current resources to directly fund the proposed outcomes. We are going to go back and start over in addressing these outcomes from a data driven perspective. We will spend the next year

investigating how each university is addressing these questions and the resources they are deploying. This will result in a series of white papers that will focus on the pillar and review best practices and a tiered approach to reasonable, data driven solutions to improve performance.

This tiered approach will focus on no, low, and optimal investment strategies in terms of time, scope, population, and cost. This will give us a much better idea of where we are, could be, and should be in our efforts to address these four critical areas.


Florida Consortium Administrative Structure One area where we have been slow to adapt is the formation of the various advisory groups. Most of our time has been spent in capacity building in terms of merging policies and procedures, understanding the different ways each university does business, hiring staff, and building capacity. The time has come to turn to the external advising groups to get up and running. We have currently formed the Florida Consortium President’s

Council and the Operational Council formed. The President’s Council is the topline reporting structure. Made up of the University Presidents and Helios CEO, Paul Luna this group meets twice a year to receive updates and to bless strategies for Florida Consortium implementation.


Florida Consortium Supplementary Information and Partnerships As noted previously, Helios, Kresge, and Helmsley represent $1.2 million financial commitment through 2020. To date, the Florida Consortium

has expanded the number of educational and economic partners. These collaborative partners will strengthen our current network and make us an even stronger voice in the national discussion on higher education access. We are currently working on RFPs for two additional grants.


The first is a sustaining grant from the Helmsley Trust for $1.5 million dollars to allow our STEM faculty to continue working on their ideas for the

next two years. The second is a connected grant from the Teagle Foundation. This group is interested in helping STEM students make connections

of their STEM studies to their Liberal Arts coursework. A group of faculty is currently being formed to examine this possibility and the grant can be for up to $300,000. By continuing to develop these relationships we can do even more and amplify our influence. Here is an overview of the

partnerships we have forged in the past year include: Helios Education Foundation

Helios has been an invaluable partner since day one. The work the Florida Consortium aligns well with their Theory of Change for Post-Education

Success. This alignment of ideas and outcomes has been essential for our sustainability because they have supported the Florida Consortium with a $500,000 planning grant that lasts until 2020. This gives us the flexibility to plan meetings, access data, and provide structure to our growing

organization. Helios is also active in introducing our organization to other partners such as the Kresge Foundation and the Teagle Foundation to

provide additional resources for Florida Consortium outcomes. In 2015 Helios sponsored a town hall meeting at the annual Impact Conference in Miami, Florida. This conference allowed for a platform for Consortium leaders to make their case to the philanthropic community and it has

allowed for numerous connections that will lead to future opportunities. This meeting has led to one other Helios sponsored opportunity; during

2017 Helios is sponsoring a series of town halls focused on different aspects of higher education partnerships. These town halls will allow Florida Consortium schools to address the issues facing higher education directly and to reach out to the community for solutions and ideas. Kresge Foundation The Kresge Foundation has built a solid relationship with the Florida Consortium through the awarding of a communications grant for $200,000

beginning in 2015. The need to communicate effectively will help us to maintain momentum. This will also allow for the development of external communication efforts such as electronic media and engaging the public.


To fulfill that work we have used the funds to partially fund our Assistant Director for Communications, LaToya Hodge. Ms. Hodge brings over 12 years of experience in corporate communications and marketing. Helmsley Charitable Trust Recruiting, admitting, retaining, and graduating students in the highly sought after STEM fields is essential to the state. According to the Florida

Chamber of Commerce there are currently 55,000 unfilled jobs in the STEM field and that number will grow annually by 12% in coming years.

This represents a statewide economic impact of $5 billion. Helmsley awarded the Florida Consortium a $506,000 STEM faculty planning grant to

focus on STEM faculty development and innovative teaching strategies.

The Florida Consortium will apply for a $1.5 million sustainability grant to advance and operationalize this work. Civitas

Austin based company is a leader in predictive analytics and the Florida Consortium is a key member of their network. Currently we are in

discussions on how we can combine insights to get a better understanding of patterns and trends on each campus. These insights will foster

better understanding of the student experience. We will have access to deeper and richer data. In time we will create an early alert model to help

students avoid likely pitfalls.

Burning Glass Technologies Burning Glass Technologies is a group out of Boston that harnesses the most powerful labor market insights database in the United States.

Through Burning Glass we will have access to labor market data, trends, certifications employers are looking for. This technology has been

essential in getting our Career Readiness work started. We can use Burning glass to target employers that we are not currently engaged with. We can observe hiring trends and ensure employers recruit at state and local job fairs. One of our work groups is using the platform to better

understand skill development and job posting information.


The John N. Gardner Institute This education think tank facilitates processes needed to initiate systemic change. The Florida Consortium is currently working with Gardner to

complete two tasks. The first is to host a Gardner Summit in 2017. This will be a time to share and compare our findings and changes. It will be a great way to get a bigger picture of what and how interventions work with certain students.

The second is to help us to further our work with Helmsley through the Faculty Success Collaborative. This data collection and comparison tool provides insight on interventions, classroom techniques and new teaching methods that are backed by data. The Florida Chamber of Commerce

The Florida Consortium understands that being a part of the Florida economy there must be a significant relationship with Florida’s industry

partners many of which engage with the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Florida Consortium recently became a member of the Innovation

Caucus and will particulate in the Chamber’s annual Education Summit. This networked opportunity allows for the Florida Consortium members

to interact with industry leaders in our metro cities and throughout the state. Florida Reach

Florida Reach is a collection of non-profit agencies dedicated to providing education access to the state’s growing Homeless and Foster Care

population. Currently there are over 150,000 individuals that are classified as either homeless or foster care students. Fewer than 6% of these

students will complete college. A Florida Consortium work group is looking into this growing population and how we can provide greater access and support these students once they arrive on our campuses. The work group is also looking at a common application portal to help these students manage education documents which can be a barrier.


Central Florida Education Ecosystem Valencia College is leading discussions on the creation of the Central Florida Education Eco-System. The goal is to apply the big data model from

K-20 and allow educators to identify critical moments in a student’s academic career. If we can intervene early we can change paths and possibly

lives. The Florida Consortium has been invited to participate in the Eco-System with an interest adding the metro-areas of Tampa and Miami.

There has been a call for the federation of predictive data through groups such as Educause and Lumina Foundation. However, no region of the country has been able to adequately capture that data. Participation in the Eco-System will be essential to that path. Learning Space Partnerships

There were a number of conferences where the Florida Consortium served as a thought leader and presenter. These invitations included a

featured presentation at the innovative SXSWedu Conference, a platform spot at the Florida Reach Conference, educational sessions at NASPA,

FCAN, and NCAN and leading a Student Voices Town Hall at the annual FCAN Conference in Orlando. This work has helped expand the network of university partnerships in a short amount of time. These organizations are very interested in the Florida Consortium and its collective impact.


Notable 2016 Florida Consortium Highlights July 2015 • • •

Florida Consortium opens its doors on July 7, 2015. Dr. Michael Preston is named the inaugural Executive Director. The Florida Consortium is awarded a $500,000 planning grant by the Helios Education Foundation. The Florida Consortium submits a $12 Million Legislative Budget Request

August 2015 • •

Executive Director Preston meets with all 12 Pillar Groups for the first time during a 10-day, three city tour of Florida. The Florida Consortium is awarded a $506,000 planning grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust

September 2015 • •

The Florida Board of Governors approve the $12 Million Legislative Budget Request at their bi-monthly meeting.

Members of the Predictive Analytics team travel to Austin, Texas to discuss a collective data sharing project with Civitas learning at the bi-

annual meeting.

October 2015 • •

The Florida Consortium is a title sponsor of the National College Access Network’s Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Consortium

is highlighted in a speech by Florida Consortium CEO Paul Luna

The Florida Consortium’s Operational Leads (Dr. Paul Dosal, USF; Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, UCF; and Dr. Douglas Robertson, FIU) are featured

in a program discussion led by Helios CEO Paul Luna at the annual 2015 Independent Sector Conference in Miami, Florida.

November 2015 • • •

Florida International University President Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg hosts a meeting of the Florida Consortium President’s Council in Miami,

Florida during the Board of Governors meeting.

The Florida Consortium is awarded a $200,000 communications grant by the Kresge Foundation. The 12 Pillar Leads meet in Orlando, Florida for a planning and communication meeting.


Florida Consortium hosted its first Virtual Career Fair with the following high point numbers = 48 registered organizations/employers -

1527 student/alumni registrants - 588 attended chat sessions.

December 2015 •

The logistical leads for the Helmsley Charitable Trust meet in a faculty planning meeting in Orlando and Miami to develop a plan for the

Helmsley Trust project.

will be accessible for all students.

The Career Readiness team hosts three career placement e-solutions presentations in an effort to begin building a common platform that Helmsley Faculty Learning Community members named at all three Florida Consortium universities.

January 2016 • •

Florida Consortium University Presidents along with Helios Vice President for Policy, Mr. Charles Hokanson meet with Legislators in

Tallassee to discuss the Florida Consortium.

Members from the Targeted Student Support and High-Tech Pathways groups attend the John N. Gardner Higher Education Partnership

Forum in Jupiter, Florida.

February 2016 • • •

Members from the Helmsley Faculty Leadership team attend the University of California – Davis Tools for Evidence based Action (TEA)

Community Meeting in Davis, California.

The first Faculty Learning Circle convening is held in Tampa, Florida with 55 faculty in attendance.

The Florida Consortium is a title sponsor of the First Year Experience National Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

March 2016 • •

The Florida Consortium present during the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Texas.

Executive Director Michael Preston is a featured speaker and presenter at the National Association of Professionals in Student Affairs

Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on the topic of collaborative efforts in higher education.


• •

The Florida Consortium hosts its Second Student Success Conference in Orlando, Florida. 105 attendees and Dr. Drew Koch of the Gardner

Institute and Mr. Charles Hokanson of Helios are featured speakers.

The Florida Consortium hosted a Spring Virtual Career Fair – 22 Employers – 362 student/alumni registrations – 195 chat sessions.

April 2016 • •

The second Faculty Learning Circle convening is held in Orlando, Florida. 73 faculty attend.

a commitment of all three university Provosts.

discussion on STEM focused career pathways for Florida Consortium students.

The Florida Consortium facilitated a grant application to the National Science Foundation for all three Colleges of Engineering by securing The Florida Consortium is an invited guest at the Florida Chamber of Commerce Innovation Caucus in order to participate in the Florida Consortium launches its Burning Glass labor insights platform aimed at creating labor market models for the Career Readiness

team.

May 2016 •

The Florida Consortium served as a title sponsor and featured speaker at the Florida College Access Network annual meeting in Orlando,

Florida. The meeting included a panel of students who attend Consortium Universities and a featured session with the Predictive Analytics •

Team.

Executive Director Michael Preston led a team of featured faculty to the U.S. News STEM solutions conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

June 2016 •

The Florida Consortium was selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges & Universities High Impact Practices

Conference in Los Angeles, California. The team developed the Florida Consortium process model based on the High Impact Practices •

Model created by George Kuh.

Florida Consortium members of the Targeted Student Support teams attended the Florida Reach Conference in Miami, Florida with an

emphasis on homeless and foster care students. A work group formed with a goal to double the number of foster care and homeless students admitted to Florida Consortium schools by 2018.


• •

Executive Director Michael Preston and the Career Readiness leads were invited to Governor Rick Scott’s Degrees to Jobs Summit in

Orlando, Florida.

Executive Director Michael Preston and Assistant Director LaToya Hodge were invited guests of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s

Education Summit.


2015-2016 News, Information & Blogs Florida Consortium hosts meeting of STEM Faculty for Student Success MIAMI / ORLANDO FL – STEM education is an essential component to the Florida

Economy. These careers rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are

part of the fastest growing segment of the United States economy and is increasingly STEM trained college graduates are becoming in short supply. In 2014, the Florida

Chamber of Commerce reported that there were over 55,000 unfilled STEM jobs in

Florida alone. These employment opportunities tend to be higher paying and with a

greater growth potential than many careers that require specialized training or a

college degree. As this field expands the Florida Consortium is dedicated to making

sure that any student who attends FIU, UCF, or USF and wants to pursue a STEM field

of study has the support they need to succeed. On December 9th, 2015 over 20 faculty

from various STEM focused programs at Florida International University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida

came together to discuss student success in STEM fields of study and how to best support each other in assisting students become better students and find a successful career. In June of 2015 the Florida Consortium was awarded a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable

Trust. Through the grant faculty at all three Consortium universities will work together to increase interest in STEM programs of study, find

better support systems for STEM students, increase diversity in STEM education, and broaden opportunities for STEM students to find a great, first career opportunity in the state of Florida.

Currently the three universities included in the Florida Consortium produce 47% of all STEM degrees awarded in the state. More importantly, Florida Consortium Universities support a strong diverse community in who they graduate.


In their 2012-2013 report on Latino STEM success the Washington D.C. think tank Excelensia in Education reported Florida International

University as the number one university for Latinos graduating with a bachelors or master’s degree in STEM in the lower 48 states. Not to be

outdone, the University of Central Florida ranked #10 for bachelor’s degrees and #18 for masters degrees awarded to Latinos in STEM and the

University of South Florida also ranked in the top 50 universities in both categories. But there is much more work to be done. During their

meeting, faculty committed to a number of collaborative initiatives including:

Designing a more robust predictive analytic platform aimed at better guiding students during their course of study. This platform can assist advisers and faculty ensure “just in time” interventions and assure students are taking courses in the right sequence for maximum gains.

Developing a STEM “Boot Camp” designed for incoming students to better understand and prepare for the rigors of their degree program. This

camp will allow students to take assessments and learn from faculty in an environment that will allow them to get feedback on their chances for

success in their chosen field. This will hopefully serve to encourage students to pursue STEM but also set realistic expectations for long-term success.

Invest in a culture of STEM success by creating an environment that reaches out to students beyond the classroom and the lab. Students will learn

the transferable skills they will need to land that first job and work with their career services areas to not only find their dream job but to walk

into their interview prepared. Coordinate with regional employers to provide more internship opportunities for students to find traction in the job market. When a student is awarded an internship 60% of the time that internship results in a full-time offer.

In order to complete their task faculty were divided into Faculty Learning Communities at each institution. The FLCs are currently meeting on

each member campus and are scheduled to meet for their first all faculty gathering in Tampa at the University of South Florida on February 12th.


Florida Consortium members learn to collaborate better from the John N. Gardner Institute Jupiter, FL – Is there any greater struggle between instructor and student than

the dreaded “group assignment”? From the day it is assigned, students begin the process of passive-aggressive resistance and instructors have the difficult task of grading an assignment they know was basically completed by one

overachiever. However, we keep giving these assignments to our students because we realize the value of working together in a collaborative environment.

Virtually everything we know about group dynamics tells us as educators that the wisdom of crowds almost always gets a better result than the lone-wolf

approach. The reason is simple: When people are working together on the same

project they all tend to see the same problem with a different lens – and that results in added perspective. That is the central focus of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities; to work and collaborate with an eye on results in career readiness and student success that would be unattainable without each other.

On January 25 and 26 four members of the Florida Consortium took the time to attend the John N. Gardner Higher Education Partnership

Forum. This event was focused on achieving the highest return for your collaborative efforts through effective collaboration efforts. In all, 14

universities and over 60 higher education professionals attended the two-day seminar. Sessions ranged from developing effective partnerships through common values-based outcomes and best practices for creating a collaborative campus for student success. A number of plenary

speakers also echoed this theme including Dr. Dennis Pruitt, Vice-President for Student Affairs and Academic Support at the University of South Carolina and Dr. Gwen Hall, Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness and Student Success at the American Public University System.

Florida Consortium participants got an opportunity to not only spend time learning from the experts in attendance and other universities but also had an opportunity to strategically plan for the next year for the Florida Consortium.


“The Institute balanced presentations by experts and teamwork/reflection time well. Just enough presenters to inspire creative thinking followed by time to further develop our ideas. I came back with a list possible initiatives. The focus on collaboration and partnerships is precisely how the Consortium will give our institutions an advantage.� said Dr. Allison Cleveland-Roberts, Assistant Dean for the Office of Graduate and

Undergraduate Studies at the University of South Florida. Consortium members came away from the session with three potential projects for strategic planning and program development.

1. A survey tool designed for strategic planning among Consortium members. This survey tool will allow respondents to build consensus through a series of timed questions and responses. The information gathered in the future will be presented at the Florida Consortium Student Success Conference, March 21st on the Florida International University Campus.

2. A model for a case management style advising model designed to target all students with just the right amount of advice at just the right time.

Consortium members will work together to design an approach to early alert and student advising that will include student affairs professionals who want to learn more about advising students in an academic setting.

3. Is ready to develop a collaborative model for surveying students who have graduated to find out more about their first destination after college.

This personalized approach can help follow-up for career services professionals and assist universities better understand how our students find and define career and personal success.

The Florida Consortium is looking forward to future work with the John N. Gardner Institute in the years to come. Currently all three universities have engaged with the Institute on a number of projects including Foundations of Excellence, Retention Performance Management, and Gateways to Completion.


Florida Consortium Presidents tell story to State Lawmakers TALLAHASSEE, FL – On January 19th the three University Presidents who make up

the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities; Dr. Mark Rosenberg of

Florida International University, Dr. John Hitt of the University of Central Florida, and Dr. Judy Genshaft of the University of South Florida met in Tallahassee to discuss the future of the Florida Consortium with lawmakers at the State Capitol Building. The

three Presidents were joined by Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President and Chief

Policy Officer of the Helios Education Foundation and Dr. Michael Preston, Executive Director of the Florida Consortium.

The main purpose of these meetings was to bring a greater awareness of the

collaborative work of the Florida Consortium universities to improve access, student

success, and increase career opportunities and to garner support for the Florida Consortium’s work on behalf of all college bound students in the State of Florida. The unique aspect of the trip to Tallahassee was the rarity to have three current University Presidents from the State University System using their valuable time in Tallahassee to set aside individual university projects for a collective project especially during a legislative session.

Michael Preston, Florida Consortium Executive Director summed up the day by commenting “I am excited about how these meetings can bring awareness to the work that all three Florida Consortium universities are doing for students by leveraging resources and ideas to work more efficiently and to assist especially low income students not only find success in college but to assist them find the best career focused

opportunities when they graduate. And there are no better advocates for that message than our three University Presidents and our partner, the Helios Education Foundation.”


Members of the delegation took time to outline to lawmakers how the Florida Consortium has begun the work of finding student success

programs that all three universities have in common and having those university professionals work together to improve the efficiency of their efforts to ensure our three Universities are producing over 3,600 more graduates than we could have alone by 2020. “That’s like the State of

Florida adding a new mid-size college. Think about what kind of impact that can have on the Florida economy considering our goal is to make

sure the majority of those additional degrees will be from students who come from first generation, low income families. This collaboration can be transformative in so many ways.” Added Preston.

Upcoming projects that were shared with lawmakers were upcoming meetings that included faculty, administrative staff, and business leaders in the next few months including the Florida Consortium’s second annual Student Success Conference in Miami on March 21st, a Helios Community

Convening of Business and Education Leaders with a focus on strengthening employment opportunities later this Spring, and a faculty led project to increase student success and career placement in STEM fields of study. All of these projects are aimed at meeting Florida Consortium goals of increasing career focused opportunities for our students to not only get a job but to find one that includes a competitive salary. The Florida

Consortium has set a goal of raising the median salary of their 2020 graduates 10% over current projections through the increase of graduates going into high demand fields.

The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities aims to produce more career-ready graduates with lower debt, better training and workforce skills that meet the demand of Florida’s growing economy. The Florida Consortium is a collaborative endeavor between Florida

International University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida. Operationally formed with consultation and

support from the Helios Education Foundation, the Consortium will grow the number of degreed professionals and positively impact Florida’s economic development. Consortium institutions serve 47% of State University System total enrollment and 54% of the state’s undergraduate minority enrollment.


Florida Consortium STEM Faculty are California Dreaming for Student Success Davis, CA – The annual Super Bowl was not the only thing super happening in Northern California during the week of February 5th. STEM

educators from all over the country and numbering nearly 100 strong were on hand at the University of California – Davis to work together for STEM student success. The group calls themselves the Tools for Evidence-Based Action or T.E.A. and their goal is to find ways that Big

Data can help students succeed through the right interventions by faculty and staff. The group is headed up by researchers at UC-Davis and is

based on their work into student success predictive analytics.

The idea is simple. If faculty have a better idea of who is in need of targeted support and have the tools they need to help them then many

students can find success in their STEM field of study and ultimately find career focused opportunities in a growing high-demand field. Many

times the rate of success for students is not rooted in their ability but in the interventions we can incorporate to help them. Currently there is a large gap in STEM degree attainment to the tune of 1 million fewer STEM graduates than jobs available. In addition STEM is a field that

routinely has a gender and ethnicity gap that needs to be addressed if the United States is going to meet the employment demand. The T.E.A. Community hopes to address that gap.

The Florida Consortium took three faculty members to the T.E.A. meeting to better understand the tools available for them and to also connect

and network with other higher education networks focusing on STEM student success. One faculty member, Dr. Jennifer Lewis, a faculty member in Chemistry at the University of South Florida summed up the meeting in this way. “The conference was a positive experience. I enjoyed

meeting my colleagues from UCF and FIU and talking about some of our common issues and concerns. I came away believing that we will be able to problem-solve collaboratively and make a real difference for our students.”

That collaborative solution will come in the form of the work of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities and their Helmsley Charitable Trust STEM grant. The focus of the Trust is to provide faculty driven solutions to common STEM student issues and failings. By intervening on a faculty level then students get the kind of academic intervention they need to succeed in the classroom.


In addition the interaction fuses the student into a network of faculty and staff to serve as references and career advice partners. The work of the Florida Consortium is focused on creating an eco-system of student success.

One of the ways the Florida Consortium will accomplish this is through shared data. Consortium faculty members are already working on

predictive models that include data from all three member schools. This federation of the data can help faculty better understand trends in

student success that is more robust because they are multi-institutional and will track tens of thousands of students. As Dr. Leanne Wells of

Florida International University described her experience: “The TEA conference was an eye-opener. The scope and functionality of the tools that are currently (and will become) available is exciting. The ability to make data so easily accessible to faculty will be a game changer in engaging faculty and departments in course transformation and instructional redesign. It was inspirational to see what UC Davis has done with the Helmsley funds.

Florida Consortium faculty will be meeting on February 12th in Tampa, Florida to further discuss their plans for STEM student success. For more information on the Florida Consortium please go to FLAConsortium.org.


STEM Faculty Team Up for Student Success in Tampa TAMPA, FL (Dr. Brittany Sears reporting) – There is an ever increasing leaky pipeline affecting STEM education in the United States. According to the Higher Education

Research Institute at UCLA about one in three high school graduates who attend college will intend to major in a STEM course of study. Less than 50% of them will actually

complete their degree. While most of these students go on to major in something else and graduate the melt in STEM college majors has created a drought of qualified STEM

employees. A staggering 3.6 million STEM jobs are currently unfilled because of a lack of qualified applicants. And STEM employees are not only sought after at a high rate but

they also earn more than their peers, earning a staggering $14,000 more than other Bachelors graduates. In addition the number of women and minorities still lags

behind in most STEM focused career fields creating a representation gap that must be addressed. The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities has decided enough is enough.

On February 12, 55 faculty from the three Consortium institutions and five STEM disciplines convened for the first Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) Summit as part of a planning grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The Trust, whose mission is to make a meaningful impact in

education and other human services, awarded the Consortium a planning grant to improve STEM student retention and graduation; furthermore, because Consortium institutions serve 47% of the State University System’s total enrollment and 54% of the state’s undergraduate minority

enrollment, the Consortium is uniquely situated to investigate methods to improve recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines. Prior to the Summit, faculty had met in discipline-specific FLCs at their respective institutions. Their ideas for STEM education improvement developed momentum as they identified problem statements.

Armed with intervention proposals targeted to their respective universities and students, at the Summit, the FLCs met with their counterparts

from other universities as well as with colleagues from other disciplines at their own institutions. These interactions allowed faculty to identify

common (and disparate) issues and discuss the extent to which existing solutions addressed these issues and which required novel interventions.


Faculty reported numerous valuable elements to the organization of the Summit into discipline and institution-specific breakout groups, citing

the “cross-pollination of ideas,” “valuable discussions with faculty in the same disciplines across institutions,” and “different solutions that have already been created and implemented” as important steps in identifying how Consortium members can leverage their commonalities while tailoring STEM education interventions to the needs of their respective students.

When the disciplines reported back at the end of the day, their interests had clearly coalesced around common themes, such as living-learning communities and flipped pedagogies. Now, each discipline has been tasked with extending these ideas into informal proposals so that the Consortium may develop an implementation grant proposal around these interventions.

The University of Central Florida will host the next Summit, with the FLCs meeting in Orlando on April 15, 2016, to reexamine their proposals and discuss the implementation of these interventions at their respective universities. With the energy from last week’s Summit, we can’t wait to see the innovations our faculty develop for Florida students.


Consortium members gather in Miami for annual conference Miami FL – Florida Consortium members gathered in Miami on the campus of

Florida International University for their annual Student Success Conference. The theme of the day was next steps and participants worked throughout the day on

what the next steps were going to be for the Florida Consortium and our members. The day began with an opening address by Florida International University

President Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg. During his speech he challenged the participants to be bold in their efforts to make college more affordable, more accessible, and tailored for each student to reach their full potential.

An example of this challenge was his highlighting the FIU program Fostering Panther Pride. This program provides additional services and

support to students who have been identified as foster or homeless students. At FIU over 100 students have been identified as either coming up through the foster care system or are homeless. These students are specifically at risk of stopping out of college because there are so many

variables that can derail their efforts. FIU takes that challenge seriously because as FIU President Rosenberg shared; students who can be helped by this program and graduate will benefit the most from a college education and will likely do their part to pay it forward.

In addition to President Rosenberg’s address the participants heard from John N. Gardner Institute Executive Vice President, Dr. Drew Koch. He challenged participants to think past the idea of new and to think about how to make their areas more efficient to find programs that are most

effective for student success. For example, the Gardner Institute conducted a survey of groups who implemented findings from their programs

and found that high implementation programs were more likely (76%) to complete their goals through the reallocation of resources and not from new or increased resources. Compare this to low or medium implementers 64% required more or new resources.

This may be because of the piling on effect. Higher education tends to suffer from a lack of desire to allocate toward effectiveness rather than defaulting to adding programs. However there is a critical mass that is reached when too many initiatives have a negative effect.


Dr. Koch challenged the Florida Consortium not to fall for that trap. The day also included an address from Helios Education Foundation Vice

President Charles Hokanson. His message was focused on current bills and policy plans trained on legislative efforts in Tallahassee. One area of focus for higher education professionals needs to be a better understanding of how legislators are approaching higher education and how that

affects current and future programs. Helios is an important partner for the Florida Consortium from a strategic planning and design perspective. The day was most highlighted by the member schools commitment to develop a new slate of policy and working papers designed at identifying what collaborative efficiencies will most benefit Consortium members and help reach more students than each university could do alone. The

central design of the Florida Consortium is to be a conduit for member schools to find and exploit patterns of efficiencies that can help take such a big educational eco-system and allow it to feel personal for each student. This summer Florida Consortium members will announce a series of initiatives aimed at just that.


Sprint, Stroll, or Stumble Florida Consortium members prepare students for their best career path Orlando, FL – In an April 5th New York Times article author Jeffery Selingo

outlines the three types of college job seekers and their paths to a career. The three types are classified as Sprinters, Strollers, or Stumblers and the direction they tend

to set off for in their journey. The challenge to universities and their career services departments are to figure out which students are whom and match a career

direction made for their personality. But first universities need to understand who these student are.

Sprinters he contends, arrive at college with a plan for what they want to be and

what career they wish to pursue and do not deviate from the path no matter how

difficult. While sprinting does not designate they finish college any faster, the metaphor is used more to acknowledge their straight line path to their first job. Strollers are more casual in their search. They tend to change majors and are not in a hurry to decide a career path before

graduation. They may go through phases of intense interest that eventually wanes. However, strollers will eventually find a path that gets them to graduation and a career. Finally, Stumblers may or may not graduate on time but once they do they are not in a hurry to embark on a career. They

may hold down jobs or dabble in a career or two but these students revel in the live exploration of their career possibilities and some may just not be ready for a career and are happy with the flexibility of leaving their options open. Fortunately, all three Florida Consortium offer career exploration opportunities that fit each respective career search type.

At the University of South Florida Sprinters were introduced to the first Tampa Bay STEM Summit. The purpose of the summit was to highlight the diversity of career choices for students pursuing STEM and to allow students to explore their potential careers in a focused and organized environment.


Students who attended were able to network with companies who hire STEM majors, hear from leaders such as Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and keynote James J. Wynne, PhD, a senior member of IBM’s Research Headquarters. These types of interactions are important for Sprinter students because they reassure direction, give clues about career possibilities, and allow skill development.

For Strollers, volunteering can be a great way to explore possibilities and make connections for future career exploration. At Florida International University they are giving Hospitality students just that chance. Students at FIU have the opportunity to volunteer and intern at the South Beach

Food and Wine Festival. The festival gave over 1,200 students nearly 4,000 volunteer shifts in everything from event management to crowd flow and event decorations. These types of experiences are important for Strollers because they can try out multiple opportunities in one event and

this can give them a better sense of how the work feels and if they are truly invested. Strollers like to sample opportunities like food festival goers like to sample dishes from all over the world.

Finally, the University of Central Florida are allowing Stumblers to find their way through events like the Rosen College Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition is designed to allow college entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and to get real-time feedback from a panel of

experts. Stumblers are the types of graduates who enjoy the challenge of starting their own company and striking out on their own because they enjoy the flexibility of being their own boss. UCF offers a number of opportunities for Stumblers to start up their own business such as the Blackstone Launch Pad, which assist students with idea development and securing funding.

College is a great time to explore career choices but not all students are built the same. The universities in the Florida Consortium understand this and provide students a myriad of opportunities whether you are a Sprinter, Stroller or Stumbler. The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan

Research Universities aims to produce more career-ready graduates with lower debt, better training and workforce skills that meet the demand of Florida’s growing economy. The Florida Consortium is a collaborative endeavor between Florida International University, the University of

Central Florida, and the University of South Florida. Operationally formed with consultation and support from the Helios Education Foundation, the Consortium will grow the number of degreed professionals and positively impact Florida’s economic development. Consortium institutions serve 47% of State University System total enrollment and 54% of the state’s undergraduate minority enrollment.


Virtual Career Fair – Students in the Florida Consortium access jobs in their pajamas THE INTERNET – Job hunters, start your computers! As the 2016 university calendar comes to a close the three members of the Florida

Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities; Florida International University, University of Central Florida, and University of South Florida are expected to graduate nearly 12,000 students. Nearly all of these students will be entering into a robust job market. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, college graduates will see 11% more jobs available this spring as compared to 2015 (NACE, 2016). With more jobs available, employers are turning to innovative ways to recruit the best student talent. For many this means turning to the web to not only post jobs like on websites such as Indeed and Linked-In but to also participate in virtual career fairs.

Virtual career fairs or VCFs are a great way for employers to meet with a large number of job seekers and is great for the job seeker looking to interact with a number of employers without the stress and expense of traveling to a live job fair. Hosted entirely online, these fairs allow

students and employers to interact via chat sessions, webinar formats, and to view job listings and request more information or apply directly to a company representative. The format is perfect for tech savvy Millennials who are generally able to navigate technology with ease. These fairs are also good for the employers because they can interview a number of candidates in a short amount of time. In addition to Millennials these job fairs can also be beneficial to online students who may be place bound, students with disabilities who need assistive technology, and busy working students who can attend a fair for a few hours but may not have an entire day.

The trend is so big that in 2014 the Wall Street Journal claimed we may have to say “So long, interview suit”.


On March 22nd, 2016 over 300 students from Florida Consortium Universities and alumni from a number of STEM majors including Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering met online with 15 companies that were hiring. These

companies included AT&T, The Mayo Clinic, Verizon, and the Clark County School District. In all 341 students participated and 165 chat sessions

were held. The fair allowed for students to interact on a number of platforms and as one student noted; “The (Virtual Career Fair) was definitely a very different and rewarding experience. Tons of networking and great employers locally and afar.” Another student mentioned the chat feature

as a top way to interact with employers versus the older method of the cumbersome employer booth; “I think it’s great to be in a chat room where an employer can accommodate more than one person at a time versus being in a career fair booth. It eliminates that time constraint.”

The session was also important because it highlights the new way universities like FIU, UCF, and USF are working together to give students more access to employment opportunities. This fair lets students review and talk to recruiters from all over the country but also from the three major metro areas of Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. This can be an important way for a UCF student from Miami to explore opportunities back home.

Traditionally these students living away from college may find getting employed back home more difficult because the local university does not have the same connections to employers.

The Florida Consortium will continue to produce these important events about every three months and look to expand the number of majors and

courses of study to expand past the current STEM majors to allow even more students access. The Virtual Career Fair is just one program that the Florida Consortium sponsors in our effort to work more collaboratively as three large, metropolitan research universities. The Florida

Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities aims to produce more career-ready graduates with lower debt, better training and workforce skills that meet the demand of Florida’s growing economy. The Florida Consortium is a collaborative endeavor between Florida International University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida.


Operationally formed with consultation and support from the Helios Education Foundation, the Consortium will grow the number of degreed professionals and positively impact Florida’s economic development. Consortium institutions serve 47% of State University System total enrollment and 54% of the state’s undergraduate minority enrollment.


STEM Faculty Gather in Orlando for Student Success ORLANDO, FL (Dr. Ginny Botts reporting) – In April 2013, President Obama

sounded the alarm on STEM education. The President has urged the national to “create an all-hands-on-deck approach” when it comes to the fields of

science, technology, and math. Nationally, he has created the Education to Innovate Initiative, which partners the federal government, non-profits,

industry, and foundations to help better prepare students for the demands in

the STEM fields. According in the National Center for Education Statistics, only half of students who intended to major in a STEM field actually receive a STEM degree. Of the students who intend to major in STEM but did not finish, half switch to a non-STEM major and the other half leave the university all together.

Students are not opting out of STEM due to a lack of ability, but rather due to

reasons such as the disconnect of courses to real world problems, lack of research opportunities, and the culture within the academic

departments. The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities has heeded the call of both President Obama and Florida state

leaders to work to improve the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of our STEM students. In the same spirit of the Education to Innovate Initiative, the Florida Consortium partners the efforts of our three institutions (Florida International, Central Florida, and South Florida), foundations, the business community, and the Florida College System to identify ways help our students be successful.

In collaboration with the Helmsley Charitable Trust, each of our three institutions has identified areas where students are not being successful and have been generating ideas for how to address those gaps. For months, our faculty learning communities (FLCs) have been collecting data and brainstorming ideas.


A few of the ideas generated by faculty have included revamping curriculum and teaching practices, building community among students and faculty, and coordinating course learning goals and objectives.

On April 15th, nearly 70 faculty from the Consortium institutions met for the second Faculty Learning Community Summit. At the summit, faculty

were able to collaborate and exchange ideas with colleagues at both an intra and inter university level. Faculty conveyed that the summit allowed them to gain an “understanding each other’s needs both in discipline and across discipline” and to “network and reinforce the relationships between the faculty on all three campuses.”

Also at the FLC summit, faculty learned of an opportunity further develop their ideas and apply for a mini-grant from the Consortium. These

mini-grants will allow for faculty to collaborate and actively plan for class, department, and campus solutions to improve STEM education at our three institutions. In other words, faculty are given the opportunity to put their ideas into action!

The next FLC Summit will be hosted by Florida International University in September. There faculty will present their mini-grant proposal ideas and discuss their potential benefits to the Consortium, our three partner institutions, and our students.


Students show FCAN participants they are more than just a number Orlando, FL – This past week the Florida College Access Network, or FCAN for short, held its annual meeting at the B Resort in Orlando, Florida. FCAN is dedicated to expanding college access for all students regardless of ability to pay, additional academic supports, or any other barrier to attend and succeed in college. The conference attracts over 250 participants from Florida’s colleges and universities, non-profit and business

sectors. Throughout the two days there are a number of sessions aimed at merging higher education with private interests to improve college access.

One of the highlights of the event is the annual student panel. This year ten students from diverse backgrounds who attend Rollins College, Florida International

University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida gathered on stage on the evening of May 11th to tell their stories. The event was

moderated by the Executive Director of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan

Research Universities, Dr. Michael Preston and Niurka Ferrer, Director of Transition

Services at Valencia College. The students spent some time telling their stories; where they came from, how they got into college, what they hope to do after college. There

are over 21 million college students in the United States. Many times we seek to better

understand them by applying a concept called big data to their experiences. The idea is if we can group students into like populations then we can apply predictive models to them to help increase the chance each student will graduate from college. The problem is behind each bit of data there is a living, breathing student who is unique in their own right. These students were quick to point that out.

One student noted; “you know, if you look at this stage and apply traditional ways of applying diversity you would see six of us are Hispanic, three of us are black, and one of us is white. But we go much deeper than that.”


Indeed, a closer look at the cultural and personal heritage of each student found that these students were from Chile, Venezuela, Cameroon, The Bronx New York, Orlando, Puerto Rico, Cuba. One was undocumented, most were first generation, one student came from a wealthy, influential

family and one student was currently homeless. And that was there message. As one student replied, “I wish sometimes my professors would just ask us. Ask us why we are running late for class, or are struggling. I think they would find, it’s not because we can’t do the work, it’s because my mom is sick and I have to care for my three brothers.”

While there were a number of questions asked by audience members the most poignant moment of the evening when an audience member asked

about grit. “I would like to know how all of you have been able to defy the odds when others, who have been through even less can’t seem to make

it.” One of the students on the panel replied; “I bet it’s because no one ever reached out and tried to keep that student there. We all know what it is like to feel alone and to think about giving up. I think most of us were just lucky there was someone there to pick us back up.”

Another huge theme of the night was the affordability of college. “It’s a problem,” said one student; but another offered this viewpoint. “Look,

college is expensive, but we don’t make it any better, we think we should not have to suffer at all or struggle while in college, but we do, and we need mentors to help us be smarter about our money. Help us apply for scholarships, make us do a budget, make us think twice before buying

that new cute sweater.” Even though all of the students acknowledged colleges can do more to make college more affordable they also understood they too bear some of the responsibility. “That is why I went to community college.” Said one student, “so I can pay as I go. I’m lucky, I got no

debt.” These stories gave FCAN participants a new perspective into the lives of students and will be the first in an effort to tell the stories of 1,000 Florida College students. The Florida 1,000 Project will be sponsored by the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities and hopes to put a face to all of the data we see every day. To learn more about the Florida 1,000 Project keep checking back on this blog. The final question surrounded around if college was worth it. All of the participants said that it was absolutely worth it. “I have three younger brothers,” said one participant, “I know that my example has shown them that you can do it. I know it is on me to make it work.”


Florida Consortium joins Florida Reach to assist homeless and foster students MIAMI, FL – Higher education continues to be a major avenue to economic and personal achievement. A study by the group Payscale showed

that an investment in one of the three Florida Consortium universities yields an average annual return on your investment of 9.9% versus an annual return on your stock market investment of 6 to 7%. In addition we know that college educated citizens are healthier, live longer, vote more often, participate in their community, and report being happier overall. However, for many potential students the promise of higher education still remains a seemingly unattainable dream.

For the nearly 75,000 foster care and the countless homeless youth the concept of getting into and graduating from college is a dream denied.

While national studies vary because of the transient nature of these students an estimated range of only 2 – 6% of foster care youth will achieve a college degree by the age of 26. Compare this with 34% of all adults 26 and under and the foster and homeless student achievement gap becomes

apparent. And this is an issue despite ample resources being made available by states like Florida to encourage and support students to complete

college. Steve Rios and the good folks at Florida Reach hope to change this trend. On June 9th and 10th, 2016 Florida Reach hosted its third annual symposium on the campus of Miami-Dade College and Florida International University. Over 120 professionals from K-12, the non-profit sector, higher education, and state agencies came together to discuss and plan how to increase access and develop plans for supporting a lot more

students in the system. Session topics ranged from understanding student’s legal rights, to information on resources colleges can draw from to help students from day one. There was a clear acknowledgement of the challenges ahead.


Students in the foster care or homeless system tend to attend multiple schools giving them an uneven experience, their lack of family cohesion means many students are having to choose work and safety over their studies and college preparation. Many of these students have suffered

through traumas that make school focus hard. In short, these students will need additional support. Florida Reach aims to harness the collective efforts of all segments of the State of Florida to find a more efficient and streamlined process so we can up the odds for all students.

The highlight of the two days were the student panels on multiple topics such as academic support, mental wellness, financial support, and career readiness. Michael Preston, Florida Consortium Executive Director led a tabletop discussion with four rising seniors in college on the topic of career readiness. The students reported that unlike their peers getting ready to graduate and get a job is not an exciting time but a scary one.

These students reminded Dr. Preston that in the words of one student “This will be the first time I am having to live on my own. I have been part

of the system since I was 8 and unlike my friends who can go home when times get tough if this job doesn’t work out for me then I am homeless.” All of the students reported that the fear of the finality of college graduation made them worry that they are indeed going to fail. Because of their

situation these students said they are less likely to take a chance on a job in another city or in a new field. Another student reported, “look, I know Miami and I got no other place I can be. If I move to Atlanta for a job and it doesn’t work out then what am I going to do. Plus, we don’t have the money for moving, our options are limited because we are in the system.” The other issue for the students was the lack of resources that make

securing an internship an issue. As one student put it, “Internships don’t help pay the bills. When you have rent, food, and such you can’t work for

free. But that is how other students get those jobs, they have the resources to work an internship.” The students all said that if their foster benefits extended to support them while in an internship they would be far more comfortable and willing to take the leap on an internship. “This is just

the cycle we are in. We want to do better but we really just are scared to let go.” The members of the Florida Consortium are leading the way to help these students let go and embrace the promise of higher education. Our efforts are led by Florida International University and their

innovative, Fostering Panther Pride program. This program assists students with all aspects of their college experience including providing coaches for students in the foster care system. More information can be found in this inspiring video produced by FIU.


The University of Central Florida has a similar program on campus and also has an innovative Homeless Student Committee that helps students who identify as homeless match to resources including tuition waivers. Orlando has one of the largest homeless family populations in the United States and these students need to go to college as well. The University of South Florida is currently offering assistance through the Center for Child Welfare.

College can be a blessing for all who attend. From taking that life changing class, attending their alma mater’s homecoming game, to walking the stage at graduation there is so much to see and ways to grow. For our homeless and foster care youth the Florida Consortium hopes to expand

that dream of achievement to hundreds more students. In the coming weeks there will be a committee formed which will focus on our collective action as a Florida Consortium and how we can continue to partner with Florida Reach to make an impact.


Florida Consortium members attend AAC&U High Impact Practices Conference – Develop Process Model Los Angeles, CA – Six members from the Florida Consortium Pillar Teams met

with experts in collaborative outcomes and processes in Los Angeles during the week of June 20-24 to learn about how to strengthen their multi-institutional work and create an efficient model for future efforts. One of the biggest

challenges facing higher education consortium like the Florida Consortium is

the ability to work and communicate over space and make time on task more efficient. For many higher education professionals their days are already

stretched thin with the expectations of their primary job. Consortium like the

Florida Consortium test those limits by asking members to work on projects in addition to their campus responsibilities. If there is not an improvement to

university efficiency and an allowance for faculty and staff to convert time spent Consortium.

on these projects then there is a less likelihood of implementation across the

That is why the Florida Consortium enlisted the help and expertise of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. The AAC&U has been assisting universities for decades enact systemic and campus wide change through the use of High Impact Practices. As a university consortium

the challenge was to apply the principles of High Impact Practices to faculty and staff development and work. The theory of Consortium partners

was if we give faculty and staff the kind of “time on task” to work collaboratively we can have returns that are equal to those we see with students. The result of the process would be a more innovative outcome that enlists best practices, data alignment, and the benefits of crowdsourcing. The members of the committee sent were Florida Consortium Executive Director, Michael Preston and representatives from Florida International University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Central Florida.


The result of their weeks’ worth of work was the Florida Consortium Investigative Model. The basic premise is to make decision making the focus of faculty and staff who are experts in the area being investigated and to give them the time to enlist the best practices and data needed to make

an informed, peer reviewed decision. From there faculty and staff will produce a direction report that will include student interventions, program proposals, project improvements, and policy recommendations that each university can implement on their individual campuses and then

coordinate collaborative assessment that can be peer reviewed as well. The resulting model can help our three universities create an opportunity where program decision making is intentional instead of reactive. In the coming weeks the Florida Consortium will publish their first report on the collaborative process.


Florida Economy Mirrors Nation in Value of a Bachelor’s Degree Orlando, FL – According to a new report by the Georgetown

University Center for Education and the Workforce the vast majority of workers who have benefited from the recovery of the recession were

workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Of the 11.6 million jobs

created since the recession ended in late 2009, 8.4 million of those jobs

require at least a bachelor’s degree. These numbers show that America is becoming more of an education economy and post-recession a college

degree is more valuable than ever. Even today a person with a 4 year degree is twice as likely to be employed than someone with a high school diploma.

The unemployment rate for those holding a bachelors degree is 2.5% while high school graduates have a 5.6% unemployment rate.

When it comes to salary that is nearly double too with college grads making $1,227 a week on average and high school graduates making $678 a week; bottom-line college works! The news in Florida for high school grads is slightly rosier in terms of opportunities. Our strong service and

tourism industries provides openings for a number of fields such as retail, maintenance, hospitality, and restaurant service workers. If you were a new grad in the past 12 months and had less than 5 years’ experience there were 163,273 job listings according to the labor analytics firm

Burning Glass Technologies. This is good news if you are fresh out of high school and looking for work. However, these jobs still lag behind in terms of wages. For all workers with a high school diploma 56% of those jobs made less than $35,000 a year or $16.82 an hour.

Contrast that with young people who have received their bachelor’s degree and have less than five years’ experience. In the past 12 months in Florida there were 217,435 jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree and less than 5 years’ experience in areas such as nursing, sales, software development, management, and accounting. In addition to having more openings and options these jobs pay nearly twice as much.


For all workers the median salary was $66,402, or nearly $32 an hour, with 62% of those paid over $50,000, the salary the Center for Education

and Workforce classifies as “good paying”. The Florida Consortium is uniquely situated to help students make the connection and get to work! The metro areas of Miami, Tampa, and Orlando contain over 75% of where those jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree reside. Partnered with a growing

economy, a great quality of life, and world class research universities the three Florida Consortium metro locales are perfect for students looking to launch their careers.

In addition to the value of a bachelor’s degree there are a number of advantages all three universities provide for their students. Each university has a career services department aimed at helping students find the perfect job. Through assistance with career counselors and job postings

students can connect with hundreds of employers. These students can also benefit from programs aimed at assisting students in areas such as resume development, interview skills, and job search techniques. Each department offers mock interviewing, host job fairs, and have online resources aimed at career development.

In the spirit of our collaboration the career services departments has joined forces to offer a number of online job fairs where employers can

interact with students in chat room formats. This service allows students to explore opportunities in all three metro areas thus expanding the

student’s network and opportunities. To date nearly 50 employers and over 1,600 students have interacted in this platform. In the coming weeks we will be producing a number of labor insight reports that highlight the strength of our impact on the Florida economy through our high quality education programs.


Latinos in the Sunshine State: National Council of La Raza Economic Conditions Report The National Council of La Raza is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. The Council recently

published: Latinos in the Sunshine State: Building a Brighter Economic Future. After reading this report, one could argue that the Hispanic

community’s economic well-being provides insight on the economic health and future of this nation. For instance, Latinos represent one of the

fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population. By 2050, the U.S. Hispanic population is estimated to reach 106 million, representing one out of every four individuals in this country. Here are a few findings from the report:

Latino communities in Florida continue to face challenges that hinder wider economic prosperity. Contributing factors include declines in median household income and marked income inequalities for Latinas who earn an average of 59 cents for every dollar when compared to White men in Florida. Additionally, household net worth is strikingly low. Three out of every four (75.6%) Latino

households in Florida do not have enough savings to live at poverty level for three

months without income. Also noteworthy, Latinos represent the largest population in

the labor force (63.9% compared to 60.6% overall) in Florida. At the same time, Latinos are experiencing significant increases in business ownership and increases in purchasing power. College degree attainment is also on the upward trend. In

fact, Florida International University, a Florida Consortium university is the #1 Hispanic-serving institution of higher education. Florida International

University graduates the highest number of Hispanic students in the state and nation. In summary the report underpins the importance and need for thoughtful engagement, partnerships and development within the economic

development ecosystem in Florida. Fortunately, this is happening across the state. The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities is committed to fueling the economic engine in this state and will continue to work collaboratively with our partners in higher education and the business community at large.


Florida Consortium Master List First Name

Last Name

Title

Institution

Team

Fernando

Figueredo

Executive Director - Career Services

FIU

Career Readiness

Russ

Coughenour

Assistant VP Career Services

USF

Chanda Hugo

Brian

Travis

Consuelo Paige

Valeria

Charlie Janie

Delia

Allison Tom Bob

Bejar

Efigenia

Emmanuela

Torres

Jimenez

Assistant VP Advising and Career Services

Boyd

Office Director of Academic Advising Technology University Registrar

Boronat

Director of Retention and Graduation Success

Thompson Borden Garcia

Andrews Valdes Garcia

ClevelandRoberts

Director, Undergraduate Services

Assistant VP - Institutional Knowledge Management Assistant VP, Office of Decision Support

Assistant Vice-President, Academic Advising Center Assistant Vice-President, Undergraduate Education

Director, College of Arts and Humanities Student Advising (CAHSA)

Miller

Assistant Dean Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences Vice President for Student Affairs

Gonzalez

Associate Director Career Services

Sullins

Elizabeth Stanislaus

Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Associate Director Career Readiness

UCF FIU

UCF USF FIU

UCF USF FIU FIU

UCF USF USF USF FIU FIU FIU

Career Readiness Career Readiness High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support

Administration Administration Campus Lead Career Readiness Career Readiness


Harold

Clayton

Associate Director Career Readiness

FIU

John

Nykolaiszyn

Director, College of Business Career Services Center Interim Vice President - Engagement

FIU

Ivette

Nicole

Duarte

Shivani

Kaufman Glasgow Joshi

Bill

Blank

Yisell

Bradley Jackie Lynn

Michael

Mostafa Neal

Veena

Ashley

Brianne Cyndy Diane

Jackie Jackie Lisa

Cirion

Loomis Herold

Hansen

Georgiopoulos

Director Career Develop Services

Director, School of Hospitality Management Career Services Center Associate Director Career Services Associate Director - Career Development

Assistant Director - Employee Relations - Career Services Coordinator - Experiential Learning Executive Director - Career Services

Robinson

Dean - College of Engineering and Computer Science Professor - Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Assistant Director, Employer Relations

Motley

Assistant Director, Student Employment

Bassiouni Garib

Stanback

Associate Director - Employer Relations

Sanberg

Director, Internship Program School of Aging Studies Director of Internships Muma COB

Nelson

Director of Undergraduate Programs Muma COB

Mellon Reck

Landis

Coordinator for Cooperative Education Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Director, Student Support Academic Services

FIU FIU FIU FIU

UCF UCF UCF UCF UCF UCF UCF UCF USF USF USF USF USF USF USF

Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness Career Readiness


Mary

Goodwin

Internship Coordinator Engineering

USF

Doug

Robertson

Dean of Undergraduate Educaton

FIU

Mike

Carlos

Billie Jo Carrie

Danielle Jean

Kevin Lois

Michelle Nicole

Arlene Danilo Dawn

Yasmin Andre

Debbie Linda Lynn Ann

Balaji

McCay

Varona

Hamilton Garcia

McDonald Keelan Jones

Palmer

Jenkins West

Garcia

LeSante

Broschard LaRocca Watts

Hahs-Vaughn Sullivan Hepner

Jaronski

Padmanabhan

Director, Employer Relations University IT Director

Assistant VP, Financial Aid

Director, Information Technology Dean of Students

Director, Career Services

Assistant Director, Institutional Effectiveness Interim University Registrar

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programs

Assistant Director, Enrollment, Planning & Management Assistant Director - Retention and Graduation Success Research Specialist Senior Research Analyst

Assistant Director - Office of Planning and Institutional Research Assistant Director - Institutional Research

Associate Professor - Educational and Human Sciences Executive Director - Institutional Knowledge Management Associate Dean of Academic Programs Director, Counseling Center

Department Chair, Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department

USF FIU

USF USF USF USF USF USF USF USF FIU FIU FIU FIU

UCF

UCF UCF UCF USF USF

Career Readiness Career Readiness FIU Lead

High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways High-Tech Pathways Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics


Brandon

Nzekwe

Statistical Data Analyst

USF

Jay

Unnikrisnan

Director, Decision Support Systems

USF

Carrie

Jeanine Kevin Kim

Leslie Mary

Shabnam Swapna

Francisco Leslie Luis

Maria Tekla

Becky

Lee Anne Pam

Ryan

Stephen Ana

Garcia

Romano Yee

Director, Information Technology

Director, Office of Decision Support

Williams

Director, Academy of Teaching & Learning Excellence (ATLE) Academic Services Administrator

Goodwin

Director, Engineering Student Services

Tod

Mehra

Chackravarthy Valines

Richardson

Academic Services Administrator Statistical Data Analyst

Assistant VP, Information Technology Director, Financial Aid

Rodriguez

Director, Center for the Adcancement of Teaching Assistant Director, OneStop Enrollment Services

Nicholas

Research Specialist

Kulick Piety

Kirkpatrick Cavanaugh Sexton

O'Connell Torres

Director, Center for Academic Success

Director, Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) Director, Undergraduate Services College of Sciences Academic Services (COSAS) Associate Vice Provost, Academic and Student Initiatives, Regional Campuses Coordinator, Academic Advising Services, COSAS Director, First Year Advising and Exploration

Assistant Director of the SMART Lab (Academic Success Center)

USF USF USF USF USF USF USF USF FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU

UCF UCF UCF UCF UCF USF

Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support


Autumn

Mueller

Jody

Conway

Dameion Michelle Patricia

Michael

Maribeth Paul

Elizabeth

Lovett

Director of Advising, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Director of Financial Education

USF

Bombaugh

Freshmen Retention Advocate

USF

Maher

Preston Ehasz Dosal Bejar

Director of the Transitional Advising Center and Academic Foundations course Director, Academic Success Center

Executive Director - Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Vice President - Student Development and Enrollment Services Vice Provost for Student Success Vice President for Academic Affairs

Helmsley Participants Florida International University

USF USF

Targeted Support Targeted Support Targeted Support

FCMRU

Targeted Support Targeted Support Team Lead

USF

USF Lead

USF

UCF FIU

UCF Lead FIU Lead

First

Last

Department

FLC

Lead

Kathleen

Rein

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry

Lead

Marcy John DeEtta

Palmer Ramon

Kravec Makemson Mills Graves

Raphael

Lopez del la Vega Raptis

Uma

Swamy

Sandra Sonia

Stojanovic

Underwood

Department of Biology Department of Biology Department of Biology

Biology Biology Biology

Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry

Lead


Masoud

Sadjadi

Anuradha

Godavaraty

Mario

Myrian Ahmed

Eraso

Herlle

Masound

Ibrahim Mohamed Sadjad

Herman

Watson

Mario Sabri

Leanne Julian Jerry

Phillippe Anna

Richard Lei

Laird Geoff Joerg Fiorella Laura Leslie

Sanchez Tosunoglu Wells

Edward Hower

Rukimbira

Wlodarczyk Bone Guo

Kramer Potvin Reinhold Terenzi Dinehart Richardson

School of Computer and Information Sciences School of Computer and Information Sciences Department of Biomedical Engineering School of Computer and Information Sciences Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Computing and Information Sciences Advising Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Mathematics and Statistics Department of Mathematics and Statistics Department of Mathematics and Statistics Department of Mathematics and Statistics Department of Mathematics and Statistics Department of Physics Department of Physics

Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics CASE CAT

Engineering Engineering

Lead

Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering Math Math

Lead

Math Math Math

Physics Physics

Physics Physics Physics Physics

Lead


Helmsley Participants University of Central Florida Laurie

vonKalm

Anna

Savage

Christa Eric Linda Emily Michael Tamra

Diercksen Hoffman

Erin Cherie

Walters Heider Hampton LegronRodriguez Saitta Yestrebsky

Aman

Behal

Mark

Hyoung

Steiner Cho

Mark

Llewellyn

Piotr

Mikusinski

Ricardo

Zaurin

Associate Professor & Associate chair, Biology Lecturer, Biology Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator, Biology Assistant Professor, Biology Professor, Biology Lecturer, Chemistry Professor, Chemistry Lecturer, Chemistry Lecturer, Chemistry Interim Chair & Professor Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Professor & Associate Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Associate Lecturer, Computer Science Lecturer, Civil, Environemental, and Construction Engineering Professor, Mathmatics

Department of Biology

Biology

Department of Biology

Biology

Department of Biology Department of Biology Department of Biology Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department of Computer Science Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

Department of Mathematics

Biology Biology Biology Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry

Engineering Engineering

Lead

Lead

Lead

Engineering Engineering Engineering Mathematics

Lead


Rachid Joseph

Ait Maalem Lahcen Brennan

Ram Enrique

Mohapatra del Barco

Tammy

Ahlam Aniket Jackie Elena

Muhs

Al-Rawi Bhattachary Chini Flitsiyan

Lecturer, Mathematics Associate Chair & Associate Professor Assitant Chair & Lecturer, Mathematics Associate Professor, Physics Lecturer, Physics Associate Professor, Physics Lecturer, Physics Lecturer & Undergraduate Coordinator, Physics

Department of Mathematics

Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Mathematics

Department of Mathematics Department of Mathematics Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics

Mathematics Mathematics Physics Physics Physics Physics Physics

Helmsley Participants University of South Florida First

Last

FLC

Chris Rick

Osovitz Pollenz

Biology Biology

Peter Chantale Susan Johnny

Ashok

Jennifer Laura Ushiri Scott Jeff

Stiling Begin Bell El-Rady

Upadhyaya Lewis Anderson Kulatunga Lewis Raker

Biology Biology Biology Biology

Biology

Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry

Department

Department of Integrative Biology Department of Integrative Biology Department of Integrative Biology Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department of Integrative Biology Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry

Lead Lead

Lead

Lead


Solomon

Weldegirma

Chemistry

Grisselle

Centeno

Engineering

Willie Scott

Jonathan Arash Qiong Mile Thomas Brian Scott Ivan Dmytro

Gerald Garrett Gauri Humberto Zhimin

Moreno Campbell Gaines Takshi Zhang

Krajcevski Bieske Curtain Rimbey Rothstein Savchuk Woods Matthews Pradham Rodriguez Shi

Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering

Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Physics Physics Physics Physics Physics

Department of Chemistry

Department of Electrical Engineering Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of Mathematics & Statistics Department of Mathematics & Statistics Department of Mathematics & Statistics Department of Mathematics & Statistics Department of Mathematics & Statistics Department of Mathematics & Statistics Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics Department of Physics

Lead

Lead

Lead

2015-2016 Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report  
2015-2016 Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities Annual Report  

Summary and highlights of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities first year

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