The University of North Florida has developed a wide range of programs designed to integrate and connect the university’s academic mission with community needs and issues. These are:
www.unf.edu/jacksonvillecommittment As a way to increase community access to and diversity in higher education in the Northeast Florida region, the presidents of Edward Waters College, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida have agreed to offer scholarships to Duval County students who are eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program and who meet the academic standards to attend their institutions.
www.jacksonville.com/newsUNF's program prepares new teachers by moving their courses to an inner-city school in Jacksonville. It places professors at four Duval County schools, where they teach UNF students on site and help with their one-on-one teaching with children.
www.unf.edu/tloThe TLO program provides resources for faculty to develop and students to participate in experiential learning projects. Many of these projects have had a community engagement emphasis, both local and beyond.
A transformational learning opportunity is a learning opportunity inside or outside the classroom that potentially enriches or augments student learning and personal development. Transformational learning opportunities (TLOs) may take a myriad of forms: they may be semester-long internships or practicums, or they could be service learning or civic engagement projects. They may be study abroad experiences or faculty supervised research activities. They might even include participation in a learning community where students and faculty embrace active learning strategies. Some examples of faculty-led community and civic engagement TLOs include:
UNF’s Faculty Development Grants are designed to provide summer support for faculty research and course design projects. This year faculty have been encouraged to submit faculty development grant proposals that advance the theme of community engagement and that are consistent with the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan for “Community-Based Transformational Learning”. These include:
www.unf.edu/ceContinuing Education provides a wide range of courses and certificate programs designed to offer convenience, flexibility and exceptional value.
www.unf.edu/fieFlorida Institute of Education continues its commitment to improving public education by engaging in systems thinking, collaborative problem-solving, research-focused evaluation, instructional and leadership development, and practice-focused research and development. FIE serves as a catalyst for improving the quality of education for all Florida children by translating research into practical curricular and instructional tools, validating effectiveness and resolving conflicting findings, transferring evidence-based and effective tools and strategies into widespread use, answering outcome questions, and informing policymaking and ongoing knowledge-building.
www.unf.edu/brooks/nursingCommunity Nursing Flagship Program is a community-based, population-focused curriculum. In 2002, the nursing program refined its curriculum to correspond to changes in health care delivery trends. Understanding community environments, as well as how individuals and families with health challenges reintegrate into their home communities, is important for today’s health care providers.
www.unf.edu/coastalbiology/Coastal Biology Flagship Program has direct value to the city and the region by offering a series of seminars on coastal biology issues and projects.
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