Corporate and Non-Profit Partnerships
While the University is associated with a number of corporations, three substantial corporate partnerships were identified. This includes the Music department partnership with Buffet Crampton USA, the CIS Program partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, and a Continuing Education/Coggin College of Business partnership with Russian Logistics Companies.11 The CIS Program partnership is a three-year $240,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) that puts students in the Computer Information and Sciences program to work on computing applications of interest to BCBS. Since the partnership, students have spent over 10,000 hours of research, development, and deployment of computer health related applications. Upon graduation, so far six CIS students have gone to work for BCBS and 24 have used the experience to find IT jobs in the Jacksonville area.
In addition to corporate partnerships, University faculty also develop partnerships with non-profit organizations for a variety of activities. Like other types of partnerships, there are advantages to all of those involved. For example, many partnerships formed with non-profit organizations are for research purposes. Research provides learning opportunities for faculty and students and, many times, non-profits gain valuable information used to improve or focus their mission. Other partnerships simply allow students to provide a service to the non-profit, practicing the skills they have learned in the classroom.
Select Corporate and Non-Profit Partnerships
Continuing Education/Coggin College of Business, Oceanside Rotary Club and Russian Logistics Companies
UNF and the Oceanside Rotary Club host 14 owners of Russian logistics companies for two weeks. UNF provides educational opportunities and brings together local logistics companies to establish partnerships.
Center for Community Initiatives (CCI) and Healthy Start of Northeast Florida
The Magnolia Project is a federal Healthy Start initiative intended to decrease the high rates of infant mortality in an area of Jacksonville most affected by the problem. CCI provides a comprehensive evaluation each year, which includes ongoing work at the clinic involving conducting interviews, focus groups, and surveys with key stakeholders, coordinating data collection by project staff, performing data analysis, and preparing progress reports for the funding agency and community partners.
Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research and Operation New Hope
The Center worked to enhance Operation New Hope’s data management program, Ready4Work. Ready4Work Jacksonville is an offender re-entry workforce development program which mobilizes local coalitions to work together for sustainable offender reintegration, and to improve outcomes to offenders and the communities in which they live.
Florida Institute for Education and the Don Brewer Early Learning and Professional Development Center
FIE and the Don Brewer Center implements a collaborative research agenda focused on improving the readiness outcomes of children birth to five living in low-income neighborhoods. Recent projects include field-testing a curriculum intervention focusing on obesity, field-testing a hands-on science intervention focusing on improving children’s conceptual development.
* See Appendix A for a complete list