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Florida State University announces new center devoted to postsecondary success

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Shouping Hu, FSU College of Education
(850) 644-6721; shu@fsu.edu

November 3, 2014

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES NEW CENTER DEVOTED TO POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ⎯ A new center dedicated to identifying and evaluating institutional, state and federal policies and programs that may serve to improve student success has been established in the Florida State University College of Education.

The Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) will provide support for and foster collaboration among those who are interested in conducting research on student success in postsecondary education and using research to inform policy and practice.

“CPS will serve as a vehicle for applying sophisticated and cutting-edge methodological approaches to real world postsecondary problems in order to identify promising policies and practices to increase student success,” said Dr. Shouping Hu, founder and director of the CPS.

Hu, professor of higher education at Florida State, assistant professor of higher education David Tandberg and assistant professor of educational leadership and policy Toby Park are teaming up with a national advisory board of prominent researchers, practitioners and policymakers, including:

  • Scott Thomas, professor and dean, School of Educational Study, Claremont Graduate University, and editor-in-chief, Journal of Higher Education.
  • Robert Toutkoushian, professor, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, editor-in-chief, Research in Higher Education.
  • Laura Perna, professor and executive director of Penn AHEAD, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Linda Hagedorn, professor and associate dean, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University.
  • Yvonne Belanger, program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Charles Hokanson, senior vice president & chief policy officer, Helios Foundation.
  • Randy Hanna, chancellor, Florida College System, Florida Department of Education.

Hu, Tandberg and Park are currently leading a multi-year evaluation of Florida’s recent developmental education reform, funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Researchers in the CPS are also evaluating Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship program, state performance funding programs and outcomes associated with minority serving institutions, among other topics.

The CPS also regularly invites scholars, practitioners and policymakers to give lectures on issues related to postsecondary success. Recently, the CPS had the privilege to host Dr. Sandy Baum, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Dr. Michael McPherson, the president of the Spencer Foundation, for a public forum on higher education finance and policy.

To learn more about the Center and its activities, visit www.centerforpostsecondarysuccess.org.

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