21-22 IE Cycle Results
A poster presentation for last year’s IE Cycle (2021 results and 2022 plans); featuring the IE process and key highlights from 2020-21 IE Results
Building Trust through Appreciative Education
Building trust with our students is an important step in helping them to feel connected, engaged, and supported at UCF. Utilizing positive psychology and other change methodologies, Appreciative Education has allowed educational institutions to foster stronger relationships with their students by creating a culture of ongoing learning, change, and improvement. Appreciative Education can be practiced with students in academic advising, coaching, and other higher education settings using its six phases (Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle). This presentation will explore how the framework of Appreciative Education and how the first phase, Disarm, can be used to build trust and unlock student potential.
Developing Inclusive Learning Environments for Co-curricular Experiences
In Fall 2020, the Student Academic Resource Center began offering students select Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Tutoring sessions in hybrid format. Hybrid sessions combine in-person and online attendance, allowing students to choose the modality that works best for them. This poster presentation will describe how offering student-facing services in multiple modalities has improved equity and accessibility to meet the learning needs of UCF’s diverse student population, as well as discuss challenges faced by both facilitators and attendees in hybrid spaces.
Success Pathways: A Roadmap for Seamless Academic Transition for Transfer Students
UCF is keen on improving 2-year graduation rates for transfer students. In support of this goal, The College of Undergraduate Studies embarked on creating the Success Pathways in Fall 2020 geared for major readiness for transfer students from our 6 partner institutions and beyond. Jenkins and Fink (2016) identify mapping of pathways as an “essential practice” necessary to ensure that transfer students who matriculate to a 4-year institution are major ready. This poster presentation will highlight the process of developing the Success Pathways from creating urgency, buy-in, implementation, and maintenance. We shall also discuss the foundational principles that undergirded the creation of the Success Pathways and how we engaged DirectConnect® to UCF partners in this collaborative work. The pathway work attests to UCF’s commitment to transfer student success with a keen focus on strategies and efforts that would accelerate two-year and three-year graduation rates.
Black Student Success Initiative
UCF and the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) are partners in student success. Together, they have advanced work to better understand the Black student experience and advance Black student success at UIA member campuses. Here, we describe UCF’s efforts to holistically understand the Black student experience at UCF, intervene to increase participation in existing successful academic support services, and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. The effort provides a model for student success understanding, intervention, and evaluation for other UCF units to replicate.