NEWS & EVENTS
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
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