Save the Date: Path to Leadership with Joyce Romano


Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Special Events Center

You are invited to attend an Association of Valencia Women presentation on Path to Leadership, featuring Joyce Romano, vice president, educational partnerships, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, as Joyce details her pathway to leadership.

In her 27 years at Valencia, Joyce has worked to improve the educational pathway for students from K-12 through community college and successful university transfer to bachelor’s completion.

Over the years, her work at Valencia focused on the design and implementation of LifeMap, our developmental advising model and system; of Atlas, our learning community portal; and of the re-design of student services, which integrates student learning of educational processes to support their success. She has experience with diverse student populations and has designed and implemented programs for students from middle school through college graduation.

Joyce has a B.A. in Psychology from State University of New York-College at Cortland, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Central Washington University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Kansas.

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Breakout Session 3, ROOM A, beginning at 3:00pm will include: CFEED Research Analysts, Dr. Rachael Russell (Valencia), Kai Zhou (OCPS), and Magdalena Fernández Civil (UCF)

The Florida Summit on Accelerating Transfer Success will take place on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at the University of Central Florida.  The Summit will bring faculty, staff, and administrators who have a professional connection and/or interest in how they, their department, and their institution contributes to Florida’s transfer student population. Together, Florida International University (FIU), University of Central Florida (UCF) and University of South Florida (USF), member institutions of the Florida Consortium enroll more than 50% of students transferring from Florida’s 28 state and community colleges. Also noteworthy, together, FIU, UCF, and USF serve more transfer students than the other 9 universities in the State University System of Florida combined.

Florida Summit on Accelerating Transfer Success Speakers include:

The Florida Summit on Accelerating Transfer Success is a great networking and professional development covering for seasoned advising professionals, deans, faculty, and senior executive administrative leaders from FIU, UCF, and USF as well as, leaders from community and state colleges in Florida.

For more information, contact Dr. Jason Dodge, Director of Academic Support Services, University of Central Florida at

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CFEED to Help Provide Seamless Transitions Between Central Florida Educational Institutions

As a higher education institution, we know that data can help predict challenges in educational attainment and, more importantly, foster solutions to prevent those challenges or risk factors from preventing educational success. Until recently, however, most of that data was restricted to organizational silos — limiting its potential for big-picture analysis of students’ performance in kindergarten through college. The Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED) project, however, is changing the narrative.

Funded by the Helios Education Foundation, with CFEED, Orange County Public Schools, the School District of Osceola County, Valencia College and the University of Central Florida (UCF) will aggregate their data on all of their students (currently 389,000+ combined) to gain insights on student transition. The insights will be the basis for collaboration among educational partners to reduce barriers and encourage more seamless transitions between institutions in our educational ecosystem.

“CFEED’s purpose is to provide insights on student success that will enable us to design and improve programs and practices so that more students experience success at Valencia and complete their associate degree,” explained Joyce Romano, vice president, educational partnerships. “Working with the other CFEED partners, the actions based on insights are intended to increase the number of students that complete high school, continue to college and earn bachelor’s degrees.”

Faculty may also be able to gain insights into specific course success patterns or the characteristics of incoming K-12 students. As the system matures, faculty will be able to participate in the development of CFEED.

“In the future,” she said, “we will be able to invite faculty and staff to engage with CFEED staff to shape research questions for inquiry and to consider what program or service changes are desired based on the insights we learn.”

The project has a target implementation plan of 2020 and is currently being led by Joyce, Director Michael Holt, Research Analysis Rachael Russell and Administrative Assistant Angela Charles from Valencia as well as research analysts, database administrators and lead administrators from the other educational partners. Accenture is the technical provider to provide the platform and system for CFEED development.

To learn more about this project and its impact on Central Florida education, click here.

July 17, 2018

Education partners launch CFEED

Central Florida’s leaders in education, with funding from Helios Education Foundation, launched the Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED), a research project intended to increase student success by enhancing student learning, increase academic achievement, and ultimately outline a supportive, continuous pathway toward education success.

The collaboration, which engages Orange County Public Schools, the school district of Osceola County, Valencia College, and the University of Central Florida, launched CFEED to link partners, data, and highlight opportunities for student support all along the education ecosystem.

 “The opportunity to understand how individual students experience the educational pathway from K-12 through to completion of a post-secondary credential will enable educators to design interventions that elevate student success at key transition points, and overall student completion,” said Joyce Romano, Ph.D., vice president for educational partnerships, Valencia College.

CFEED in one example of innovation in education that centers on students success. Helios Education Foundation’s commitment to the transformational power of education and the power of partnerships led the Foundation to launch its Florida Regional Student Success Initiative in 2017, which concentrates in the metropolitan areas of Tampa, Orlando, and Miami. We believe that every student, regardless of ZIP code, deserves a high-quality education.

Through our collaboration with partners in Central Florida, and statewide, we focus on preparing students for success in college, career, and life.

Helios furthers its work through strategic investing, building and reforming systems, public and political will building, and collaborating and convening all along the education continuum.

Learn how Helios Education Foundation is contributing its expertise and financial resources to better prepare Florida students for college and career.

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. The Foundation’s work is driven by four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity, and Partnership. Helios invests in programs and initiatives across the full education continuum – from early grade success through postsecondary education.

National Student Success Conference

National Student Success Conference

The CFEED Vision Team (including Paul Luna – Helios Education Foundation, Dr. Sanford Shugart – Valencia College President, Dr. Barbara Jenkins – OCPS Superintendent, Dr. Dale Whittaker – UCF President and Dr. Ronald Fritz – SDOC) were the panel at the Closing Plenary Session for the National Student Success Conference. Paul Luna moderated this discussion between the Vision Team members on the CFEED Project. The inaugural conference was organized by the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities. With this first conference being located in Tampa, Florida, the primary sponsoring university from the Florida Consortium was the University of South Florida.

February 23, 2018