Student Success Center for Florida Colleges
Helios believes that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary degree. Yet, often first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students convince themselves a postsecondary degree is too costly, overwhelming, or out of reach. For these students, starting their education at a state college often provides the right campus fit at the right cost.
The Florida College System served over 800,000 students in 2015-16. Of those enrolled, 50% were pursuing an Associate of Arts degree, with the other 50% enrolled in workforce programs. Further, 54% of students in upper-division courses at Florida public universities started at a Florida College System institution.
The average age of a state college student is 25; 8% are under 18 years of age. In academic year 2015-2016, more than half of students enrolled in the state college system were female (58%) and minority (55%). Additionally, just under half of students enrolled in Florida’s state colleges are Pell Grant recipients, and approximately 66% enroll part-time. Demographics of Florida’s state colleges mirror those of the state of Florida.
To augment student success efforts taking place on individual college campuses, Helios Education Foundation invested $1,000,000 in the creation of the Student Success Center for Florida Colleges (The Center).
The Center serves as a resource for evidence-based, innovative practices, and just-in-time information for Florida’s twenty-eight state colleges. The Center outlines its work in five pillars:
Data Use to Guide
By unifying efforts across the state and creating synergistic partnerships with K-12 districts and universities, The Center seeks to enrich each student’s college experience while also preparing him or her for the next step toward success in college and career.