Founded in 1968, the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) at the University of Florida conducts cutting-edge research and offers data-driven recommendations for higher education administrators and policymakers seeking to better understand the critical problems facing higher education at the local, state, and national level. IHE partners with individual colleges and state systems to provide rigorous and innovative assessment of current practices and policies aimed at improving student access and success, with a special emphasis on partnering with Florida College System institutions. This aim will focus primarily on the development of applied research initiatives designed to provide evidence-based solutions to problems facing higher education leaders and policymakers.
The Helios Education Foundation partnered with IHE to evaluate the effectiveness of “nudging” previously successful former students to re-enroll in college and earn a degree. To complete this project, the IHE-led research team sent targeted text messages and financial incentives to former students to encourage them to return to college. Participating Florida College System institutions include Miami Dade College, Broward College, Palm Beach State College, Hillsborough Community College, and Valencia College.
IHE has also been awarded a grant to lead a team of researchers and institutional stakeholders from West Virginia University, Howard University, Appalachian State University, and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities in a collaborative project designed to facilitate student success through the use of guided pathways as an evidence-based framework. The project focuses specifically on providing data-driven recommendations regarding how to transform institutional practices by incorporating the guided pathways framework at access-oriented four-year institutions.