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A BIG 2016

2016 was a big year. At UCF, we know the power of BIG. To CHANGE lives and livelihoods. To LIFT the community. To UNLEASH the undiscovered dreamers. And nothing is BIGGER than that. Here’s to the future.

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Higher Education and Florida’s Talent Gap  

According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce by 2030, Florida will add six million more residents and will need to create 2 million net new jobs.  Disruptive technologies, increased automation, digitization, and advances in machine learning in the next decade and a...

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SIX LESSONS HIGHER ED CAN LEARN FROM #RIO2016

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, we saw the action before, during, and after scenes from 2016 Summer Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and America’s #FinalFive. The games are a great case study of social media done right and...

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Florida Earns a C, in Annual Education Week Report

Education Week recently released its annual Quality Counts report.  The report takes a look into each state's performance in public education.  Florida finished 29th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 72.5 out of 100 points and...

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January is National Mentoring Month!

National Mentoring Month is held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002 and was/is officially spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.   The...

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Year in Review

Welcome to 2017!   Before we kick off the New Year, let’s take a moment to look back at our joint efforts and milestones from 2016.   Click to watch the video   Here's a snapshot of our top blog posts from 2016:   2017 Student Success Conference...

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2017 Student Success Conference

The 2017 Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, second annual Student Success Conference will take place on March 23- 24, 2017 at the UCF college of Hospitality Management in Orlando Florida. Together administrators and faculty from Florida...

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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Food insecurity – is defined as the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. Surprisingly, food insecurity is common at colleges and universities across the country including here in the sunshine state. According to an article...

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2016 Virtual Career Fair: Top 10 Reasons to Attend

  The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, a partnership between Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida is set to host our second annual fall Virtual Career Fair (VCF). This must attend...

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Trends Impacting Latino Students

Each year,  National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15.  The histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America are honored and celebrated...

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The Benefits of Collaboration in Higher Education

Guest Contributor : Ginny Botts, Ed.D In its first full year, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, a partnership between Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida delivered key achievement...

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The Future of Florida

Leading thought leaders and experts have arrived and checked into the Florida Chamber Foundation’s, 2016 Future of Florida Forum. Workforce demand, global competitiveness, innovation and economic development will guide the annual event.   The Florida Consortium...

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A New Frontier: Year One Highlights

“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...

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On The Road: 2016 Florida College Access Summit

Industry leaders, educators and practitioners representing K-12, higher education, philanthropy, business, and government will join forces at the 2016 Florida College Access Summit May 11-12 in Orlando. The robust program includes sessions on college affordability,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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