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As part of a metropolitan research university, the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success is committed to research that addresses interdisciplinary instructional strategies and outcomes that facilitate student academic success. We are dedicated to increasing success in higher education through technology innovation and strategic analysis.

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Center for Higher Education Innovation

The UCF Center for Higher Education Innovation (CHEI) endeavors to improve higher education access, success, and completion for all by partnering internally and externally to identify, inspire, pilot, and evaluate student success innovations.

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Office of Data and Strategic Projects

The Office of Data and Strategic Projects (DSP) provides guidance and support to enhance student retention, graduation, and success. DSP provides proactive insights through effective data analysis and reporting and the leveraging of technology.


Academic publications by our staff are listed below. Our staff members’ names appear in bold.

Berry, T.R. (2021). Finding Hope and Joy in Curriculum Theory Through Critical Race Feminism. In I. Nunez (Ed.) and J. G. Goulah (Ed.), Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context (pp. 80-93) New York: Teachers College Press.

Chamely-Wiik, D., Frazier, E., Meeroff, D., Merritt, J., Kwochka, W. R., Morrison-Shetlar, A. I., Aldarondo-Jeffries, M., Schneider, K. R., & Johnson, J. (2021). Undergraduate Research Communities for Transfer Students: A Retention Model Based on Factors that Most Influence Student Success. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 21(1).

Chapman, D., Samuels, S. (2020). University Support of Educational Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care. Children’s Voice – Special Issue, 29(2).

Samuels, S.; Wilkerson, A.; Chapman, DeShawn; Watkins, Whitney (2020). Toward a Conceptualization: Considering Microaffirmations as a Form of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Academic Growth for K-12 Underserved Student Populations. Journal of Negro Education, 89 (3).

Schneider, K. R., Kuperman, A., Watts, A., Barulich, D., & Campbell, T. (2021). Tracking and Assessing Undergraduate Research Campus-wide: Demographics, Academic Success, and Post-Graduation Plans. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 21(1).

Schneider, Kimberly R.; Nair, Uday; Straney, Rachel; Lancey, Patrice; Tripp, Mary (2021). First-Year STEM Research Program Facilitates Long-Term Academic Success. Journal of College Science Teaching, 50 (4).