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Funded and Other Projects of the Office of Graduate Studies

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Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) (Subcontract from University of Central Florida--funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF)

This project focuses on completion of the AGEP Planning Grant with our partners that include the University of Central Florida, the Florida Education Fund, Valencia Community College, and Hillsborough Community College.

The goal is to broaden the pathways to the professoriate by creating an academic/social support net that will better prepare underrepresented minority (URM) students in community college AA programs in addition to URM transfer, and first time in college (FTIC) students already in baccalaureate programs for entry into and graduation from STEM doctoral programs with the goal of entering the professoriate.

Sloan Foundation Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies received funding from the Sloan Foundation to institutionalize underrepresented (URM) STEM Minority Graduate Student Success efforts. Initiatives include building recruitment efforts of URM graduate students, developing a campus committee that coordinates university-wide grant proposals and projects to build the success of URM STEM graduate students, and developing a speaker series and workshops for faculty and students highlighting strategies to build URM STEM graduate student success.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)

The Office of Graduate Studies has been selected to be one of 25 major research universities participating in the e CIRTL network of universities - see The focus of CIRTL is to integrate improving teaching and learning within a STEM research model (teaching as research); embed professional development within a learning community of and for STEM future and current faculty; and enhance the learning of all through the diversity of students (learning-through-diversity).

Council of Office of Graduate Studiess Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies has received funding from the Council of Office of Graduate Studiess and NSF for the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC) Project. This initiative is focused on determination of those variables related to the completion and attrition among underrepresented minority doctoral students enrolled in STEM fields.

Personal Potential Index (PPI)

The Office of Graduate Studies has received funding related to the ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) to test the efficacy of this instrument’s ability to predict student success in Office of Graduate Studies. The ETS® PPI is designed to supplement letters of recommendation by focusing on evaluations of specific characteristics, knowledge and creativity, resilience, communication skills, planning and organization, teamwork, and ethics and integrity, which may prove to be important additional predictors of success in Office of Graduate Studies and augment the GRE® Revised General Test. This ETS® PPI grant will allow us to compare the results of the index to the performance and completion rates of students across a wide range of graduate programs with the ultimate goal of developing a more effective tool for evaluating graduate student success.

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