Press Release for Thursday, August 25, 2005

UNF Successful in Landing Major State Grants

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida was awarded two SUCCEED grants totaling $1.4 million for its nursing and education programs, placing it among select state institutions to receive this funding.

UNF was awarded $1.2 million to support preparation of nurses, making the University one of only 16 institutions in the state to receive a SUCCEED Florida Nursing Education Grant. Funding in the amount of $252,000 was also received to support teacher education. The University obtained one of the 26 SUCCEED Florida Teacher Certification Grants.

“We are very honored to receive this grant and believe it will make a difference in the nursing care and overall health of the region,” said Pam Chally, dean of the College of Health. UNF will use the funding to collaborate with the University of Florida to increase enrollment of accelerated baccalaureate nursing students and to enroll new students in the Clinical Nurse Leader master’s degree program.

The School of Nursing, under the College of Health, was recently selected as UNF’s first flagship program. A total of $1.75 million has been set aside by the University for the nursing program. The flagship designation will help refine the nursing program, allowing for hiring of additional faculty, spending money on faculty development, awarding scholarships and marketing the program to the nursing community.

The College of Education and Human Services will be using their grant money to recruit, admit, educate and support highly-qualified teachers. “I was very excited to learn that we had been awarded the SUCCEED grant funds, particularly considering that we were among those few institutions who received the largest amount of funding,” said Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “This important project will allow us to work with teachers in Duval County and other local districts who do not currently possess teacher training but who need to be certified in order to maintain their employment.”

The teacher education grant will also help address the state’s need for qualified teachers in mathematics, science, reading, English as a Second Language and special education. UNF will be able to serve close to 70 teachers with this program.

The purpose of the SUCCEED Florida Nursing Education Grant is to increase the capacity of nursing programs approved by the Board of Nursing at public and private postsecondary educational institutions to produce more nurses to enter the workplace in Florida. The SUCCEED Florida Teacher Certification initiative is designed to increase the capacity of teacher certification/preparation programs at public and private postsecondary educational institutions in order to produce more teachers in the state.