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A UCF Knights Tale: Intentional Efforts to Achieve Student Success

Author(s): Bonne, J., & Priest, D.

Citation: Bonne, J., & Priest, D. (2019). A UCF Knights Tale: Intentional Efforts to Achieve Student Success. E-Source for College Transitions, 16(3), 6-9.



The University of Central Florida (UCF) is one of the largest universities in the nation at more than 68,000 students. UCF constantly strives to ‘reach for the stars,’ which includes goals of meeting the State of Florida’s Preeminence and Performance metrics. UCF developed a collective impact plan to meet metrics which include 60% 4-year graduation and 92% FTIC retention. Data indicated that sense of belonging, financial, and academic challenges all played a role in student attrition. UCF launched the Student Success Process Improvement project in 2016 to address these challenges. Since 2016, retention has risen 1.6% with greater gains in some at-risk populations. With leadership support, leveraging technologies, data-driven decision-making, and financial support, UCF will continue to reach for the stars. The Knight’s Tale has just begun.


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