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Academic Planning

DirectConnect to UCF: A Powerful Partnership to Impact Access and Bachelor Degree Outcomes University of Central Florida Project Description: The demand for higher education in Florida has increased significantly due to a convergence of a number of factors, including population growth, increased high school graduation rates, and a state scholarship program designed to keep students in-state.  The Central Florida Higher Education Consortium of UCF and four community and state colleges, branded DirectConnect to UCF, provides guaranteed admission to UCF for students with an A.A. or A.S. degree, expansion of shared-use facilities on the community and state college campuses with additional academic programs, combined financial aid resources, and a regional infrastructure for workforce development programs, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, (STEM) disciplines. Read more >>

Improving Cooperation and Effectiveness between State Institutions of Higher Education: Maximizing Performance in an Era of Reduced Funding and Increased Need Old Dominion University Project Description: Old Dominion University and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) recently completed a joint planning initiative, laying the cornerstone for a new pact and a vibrant future for Virginia college students. During the 18-month effort, a unified planning team designed a road map to the future for online and distance learning in Virginia, and outlined objectives for the next generation of this long-standing, strategic alliance. The group committed to shared goals and mutually beneficial collaborations, and to promoting the combined value of their institutions. The team also agreed to establish innovative, streamlined, coordinated student support processes and solutions, and it drafted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cement the education accord. Read more >>

Initiatives to Transform the Writing Performance of Undergraduate Students Across the Curriculum University of Central Florida Project Description: This project makes writing a vertical curricular experience through administrative reorganization, hiring of faculty members, class-size reduction, writing center resources, and writing across the curriculum. It includes:hiring or converting (from adjunct or visiting instructor lines) twenty-four permanent instructors and hiring five tenured or tenure-track faculty members over three years;increasing the rigor of the composition curriculum through professional, permanent staffing;lowering composition class sizes, including a three-year pilot program with19 students per class;increasing University Writing Center tutoring and campus support across sites and modes;implementing a writing-across-the-curriculum initiative; and creating the Department of Writing and Rhetoric for oversight, coordination, and assessment functions. Read more >>