ORLANDO, Fla., October 26, 2023 – Leaders from the Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED) will share research insights at The Florida Summit on Accelerating Transfer Success on Nov. 6. The Event will be held from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Marshall Student Center at University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. It is Free to attend. The CFEED presentation is set for 10:20 am to 11:05 pm in Heron Room MSC #3709.
Diana Pienaar, CFEED Director; Michael Holt, Product Director/Innovation Manager; and Ashton Terry, Senior Manager, will share new research insights that drive change, particularly those focused on Transfer Shock, Transfer Readiness, and Student Readiness. CFEED has developed a data and AI platform with analytic capability that compiles historical and ongoing data from all CFEED partners. This enables the team to conduct research and identify insights about student success, course pathways, and other trends via data analysis and reporting tools. CFEED will demonstrate how it uses its Interactive Transfer Readiness model, which incorporates its analytics, connecting Relevant Courses for UCF majors to determine the likelihood of student success.
“CFEED has been deeply involved in the research which was designed to support transfer students to UCF (University of Central Florida) with incentives to ensure courses relevant to their major are taken prior to transfer,” said Pienaar. “Additionally, our team will demonstrate our ability to connect the emerging trends of student movement and readiness from Osceola Prosper to future transfer success.”
CFEED’s research is valuable for institutional leaders, who use the “2 and 2” concept to help transfer students complete two years at a college, then transfer to complete two years at a university. CFEED’s research has also led to programs like Osceola Prosper, a program aimed at helping more students transfer from a two-year college to university like UCF. Osceola Prosper provides free college to Osceola County students who attend Valencia College after graduating.
CFEED presented at the FCMRU summits in 2021 and 2022 and is excited to return to share its most recent work demonstrating student specific readiness at different points in their academic journey, Pienaar said. “CFEED has been a driver of change within the college to university transfer landscape.”
Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg College is the Keynote Speaker. “Dr. Williams was named St. Petersburg College’s seventh president on July 3, 2017. St. Petersburg College employs 3,000 staff who provide activities and learning experiences to support the academic excellence and growth of 45,000 students across eleven learning sites throughout Pinellas County, Florida,” organizers said.
The Helios Education Foundation will present on “Transfer Pathways” during the Spotlight session at 12:45 pm-1:10 pm in the Plenary Session Ballroom 2100, 2nd Floor at MSC.
About the Conference:
The one-day conference entitled, “Partnering with a Purpose,” provides information on high-impact practices for transfer students’ success and is a networking and workgroup forum where transfer professionals can gather, promote, share, and exchange the best strategies, techniques, and tools for transfer student success. This unique opportunity is a showcase for transfer professionals to take back actionable and impactful ideas designed to provide engaging experiences for transfer students. The Florida Summit intentionally balances the best practices of sending and receiving institutions. This year’s theme gives presenters and attendees a chance to promote the most innovative collaborations in a state US News & World Report recently chosen as the number one destination for higher education.
The Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database is a collaborative data sharing project including Orange County Public Schools, The School District of Osceola County, Valencia College, and University of Central Florida. CFEED’s goal is to build the tools and processes necessary to provide a silo-free examination of student performance from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary and begin identification of insights that can be used to provide interventions that will increase student success.