ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 6 — The Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED) is stepping out in style.
The group plans to feature its new brand and updated website at the CFEED Summit, Thursday Sept. 21, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. The inaugural event will be held in Valencia College’s lakeside Special Events Center on the West Campus in Building 8, Room 111. The summit kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and ends at 4 p.m. Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Valencia College President, is keynote speaker.
The updated website is not just for looks. It provides a streamlined way to showcase CFEED’s impressive research on the student journey in Central Florida. Through its analytics capability, CFEED compiles historical and ongoing data from partners that reveals insights about student success, course pathways, and other trends, which have been instrumental in the development of important programs such as the Osceola Prosper program and the Helios Transfer Scholars Grant, among others. CFEED’s work across Florida has made it a driver of change within the K-12 to college to university transfer landscape for several years.
The CFEED Communications team led the rebranding effort and plans to present its design process during a breakout session. UX Designer, April Newcity said CFEED’s updated brand provides a more unified look and feel with a simplified design and user experience.
“Our goal was to create a website that is user-friendly, visually appealing, and that provides content that reinforces the CFEED mission,” Newcity said. “We have streamlined menus, simplified layout, and enhanced the overall experience with the intention to generate new and ongoing traffic.”
Newcity will lead a breakout session to highlight the process that led to the development of the new brand. The session will be interactive; attendees can help refine the review processes for future CFEED communications projects.
The Communications team is just one of CFEED’s Governance teams. Other CFEED members plan to offer breakout sessions on topics such as discoveries from research findings about higher education transfer readiness, college major readiness, and shock events, which can assist in guiding students towards academic paths that align with their strengths. The Helios Education Foundation funds research to answer specific questions, such as transfer readiness and chronic absenteeism.
CFEED Director, Diana Pienaar, said the CFEED Summit is a gathering meant to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among educators from across the Central Florida region.
About Dr Plinske:
Dr Plinske is Valencia College’s fifth president. As a first-generation college graduate, Plinske is passionate about the role education can play in transforming the lives of students and their families, and in turn, our communities. Source: https://valenciacollege.edu/about/administration/president/media-kit.php
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CFEED is a collaborative partnership, which includes four Central Florida institutions including: Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), School District of Osceola County (SDOC), University of Central Florida (UCF), and Valencia College. With support from Midtown Consulting Group and partnership with Helios Education Foundation, CFEED partners are engaged in a Collaborative Design Phase to grow organizational capacity and to develop hypotheses on student readiness. CFEED is an innovative project intended to support student success all along the pre-kindergarten to postsecondary continuum that shares information and identifies opportunities to enhance learning and propel the educational attainment of all Central Florida students.
About The Helios Education Foundation:
Helios Education Foundation exists to support postsecondary attainment for Latino students, Black students, and students from low-income backgrounds in Arizona and Florida. Driven by our fundamental beliefs of community, equity, investment, and partnership, Helios has invested more than $324 million in partnerships and initiatives focused on improving third-grade reading, college-going, and postsecondary attainment in the two states we serve since 2006.