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
The Center for Community Partnerships was launched in 2001
with community financial support from the Winter Park Health Foundation and
the Florida Hospital Community Health Improvement Council. The
center's mission was to link faculty, staff and student expertise
at UCF with the research needs of public- and private- sector
organizations in Central Florida.
The following year, the College of Health and Public Affairs and
former Dean Belinda McCarthy received special funding from the
UCF Provost's Office to develop a community-partnership
curriculum associated with the new center. The center went on to
offer UCF doctoral students in public affairs excellent
opportunities to improve their skills by participating in research
that addressed community needs.
These early steps were the beginning of the center's
ongoing effort to develop effective university-community
partnerships between the college's departments and
programs and government and nonprofit organizations throughout the
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