6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
> 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic
Evans Community School
The Center for Community Partnerships is leading the University
of Central Florida's efforts to establish community schools in
Central Florida, beginning with Evans Community
School in Orlando. The center has
been facilitating the development and strategic planning
of the school, which was launched in October 2013, and contributing
technical expertise in building community partnerships.
The center also is coordinating the placement of UCF interns
at the community school and the contributions of other UCF
colleges, including the College of Education.
What are Community Schools?
The differences between the traditional public school model and
a community school model lie in integrated and sustained
partnerships. In a community school, partnerships are created
within the community to address complex challenges and expand
opportunities for a child's success in school. With an integrated
focus on academics, systemic support mechanisms and a variety of
growth opportunities, children in community schools are able to
access additional resources known to make a difference in a child's
educational success. These resources include: after-school
care; early childhood education; adult education; child care;
healthier lifestyle alternatives; recreational activities; medical,
dental, mental health and social services; parent involvement; and
community and economic development. When all of these elements come
together, the results are improvements in academic achievement,
overall school climate, student/teacher attendance, mental and
physical health, social and emotional development, and parental
involvement with their children and community.
Community schools are extended-service
schools. In addition to providing students high-quality
academic programs, they offer health and mental health services and
enrichment activities. They operate year-round and are open during
the day, in the evenings and on weekends.
Community schools also involve parents and other
community members in the school's life. They offer
opportunities for involvement in school planning, participation in
adult-education and social-service programs, and participation in
the celebration of school and community-wide achievements.
By serving as a hub for neighborhood activities, community
schools promote cohesiveness among community members, which then
can foster neighborhood stability, safety and
Why do we need Community Schools?
In many neighborhoods and communities, families are faced with
unprecedented challenges resulting from economic, social,
educational, racial and environmental issues which negatively
affect their family members, loved ones, friends, neighbors and
their entire communities. Neighbors often don't know their
neighbors, parents don't know their children's friends, and
extended family members often live hundreds to thousands of miles
away. Without traditional family supports, families suffer
from the negative effects of isolation from formal and informal
support networks, resulting in the failure of many families to
sustain a healthy family and community environment.
To live healthy, happy and successful lives, children, and their
families, need strong, mutually supportive relationships with
individuals and organizations in their neighborhoods who can help
them develop their inherent capacity to make positive changes in
their lives. To truly succeed, children must live free of
personal and environmental violence, they must have enough to eat,
they must be able to access primary healthcare, and they each must
be able to connect with at least one caring adult who can mentor,
support and encourage them to achieve their life dreams and
Children and families do better when they are part of a caring,
concerned and cohesive community. People and service
providers, working together, can enhance inherent family strengths
and values and create and build stronger neighborhoods and
communities with the result that they are able to utilize the
supports they need to live their lives in ways that benefits every
If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,
The idea is to form a long-term partnership in the community that, over time, can have a significant impact on improving the lives of children and families.
— Dean Michael Frumkin,
Dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs
SYNERGY…that’s the word that comes to mind. Without the collaborations facilitated by the Center for Community Partnerships we would not have been able to produce results for kids.
— Raymond Larsen,
Children’s Community Services Director, Heart of Florida United Way
We could not have implemented the Evans Community School without the vast resources and expertise of the committed and dedicated staff.
— Charlene Sears-Tolbert,
Children’s Home Society of Florida, Evans Community School Director
“The Center for Community Partnerships has been a real treasure for Central Florida. They have helped so many organizations, established needed services, and given the community a welcome link to the University.”
— Linda Sutherland,
I am in awe of the amount of time, patience, and expertise that the CCP has expended during our joint project with OCPS in developing the Evans Community School. Dr. Ellis and Dean Frumkin are tireless advocates who...
— David Bundy,
President/CEO, Children’s Home Society of Florida