Lalita Llerena 
Florida College Access Network


Friday May 11, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

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University of South Florida 

Marshall Student Center, Room 2708
4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620 

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Today, more and more jobs require some form of postsecondary education.  By 2018, 59% of all jobs in Florida will require a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential.  Yet, only 37% of working-age adults in Florida today hold a 2-yr. or 4-yr degree.  We CAN do better.  We must do better.   
Presented by the Florida College Access Network, the Florida College Access & Success Summit brings together leaders from all sectors for a call-to-action around an agenda to improve postsecondary success for all students. Attendees will learn about state policy trends, Goal 2025, college access and success strategies, and examples of local integrated approaches for improving college access and success for 21st century students. 
Who should attend?  We are encouraging leaders from the following sectors to participate.
-Youth Service Providers
-Higher Education
-PreK-12 Education
-Business & Private Industry 
-State and Local Government
-Non-Profit & Social Entrepreneurs

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Opening Plenary Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Goal 2025 Panel Discussion

11:00 am - 11:15 am                     

11:15 am - 12:30 pm


College Access & Success Strategies Panel Discussion

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  

Interactive Luncheon




7:30 am - 9:00 am         Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am       Opening Plenary Session

-Opening Remarks: Braulio Colón, Executive Director of Florida College Access  Network

-Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Ralph Wilcox, Provost and Executive Vice President of University of South Florida

-Featured Speaker: Representative Will Weatherford, Incoming Speaker of the House for the Florida House of Representatives 

10:00 am - 11:00 am     Panel Discussion

-Goal 2025: Setting a Degree Attainment Goal for Florida


The first step to increasing attainment is to set a specific state goal that can be used as a basis    for all future decisions affecting higher education in the state. Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, Arizona and Oregon have all set state goals for attainment, and these states are already seeing a dramatic shift in the way higher education decisions are framed and addressed.  State goals lead to the alignment and mobilization of local resources and talents from different sectors to support students and institutional efforts to boost completion rates. State goals for attainment also lead to the need for interim measures that help to point the way toward the eventual achievement of a state goal. This general session, sponsored by Lumina Foundation, is designed to inform attendees of national and state trends, and the implications for Florida in setting a statewide degree attainment goal. 

Session Opening Remarks:

- Jeanna Keller Berdel, Program Officer for Lumina Foundation


- Miguel del Valle, Chairman of Illinois P-20 Council

- Edwin H. Moore, Ph.D., President of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and Member of Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council

- Susan Pareigis, President and CEO of Florida Council of 100

Moderated by: Gene Marshall, Vice Chair of NorthStar Bank Board of Directors & Chair of Community Foundation of Tampa Bay 

11:00 am - 11:15 am     Break

11:15 am - 12:30 pm     Panel Discussion

-College Access & Success Strategies: Examples of Strategies that Work


Building a college-going and success culture in Florida requires integrating tools and proven practices within our K-12 and college classrooms while reaching students and families in their communities with high-quality resources and information that help prepare them academically, socially and financially for postsecondary success.  This general session, sponsored by New Futuro, brings together a select group of leaders representing high-quality college access and success programs from across the country to highlight successful strategies and lessons learned along the way.               


Bob Giannino-Racine, CEO of UAspire (formerly ACCESS)

- Judy Reno, Director of College Depot

- Leroy Nesbitt, Program Director for College for Every Student

- Nadine Dalrymple, Director of The POSSE Foundation, Inc. Miami

- Tom Albano, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children Miami  

- Vivien Carter, Executive Director of College Summit Florida

Moderated by: Dr. Stacy Carlson, Vice President and Program Director-Florida of Helios Education Foundation 

 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     Interactive Luncheon

Working Together to Improve College & Career Readiness, Access & Completion

 -Session Opening Remarks: Ian Smith, Senior Vice President & Chief             Communications Officer for Helios Education Foundation 

 -Session Moderator: Braulio Colón, Executive Director of Florida College Access Network

Session Sponsor: New Helios Logo

If Florida continues to increase degree attainment at the rate it did over the last decade (2000-2008), the state will have a college degree attainment rate of 46-percent in 2025—far short of the 60-percent state goal. 

This degree attainment gap underscores the urgent need to raise awareness, build consensus across sectors, and mobilize communities to accelerate degree production in Florida.  Having an infrastructure in place that maximizes resources, reduces the duplication of services, and builds broad-based consensus around Florida’s programmatic and policy direction in higher education is essential to helping Florida meet the challenge.  Creating and strengthening such an infrastructure will require a collaborative effort of individuals and organizations determined to serve students to improve college and career readiness, access, and completion rates. 

In October of 2011, the Helios Education Foundation awarded the University of South Florida a planning grant to support the development of Florida’s first collaborating network of national, state, and local entities committed to increasing Florida’s degree attainment rate.  The project was also financially supported by the Florida Department of Education and the Lumina Foundation for Education.  Through an 18-month planning process, the new effort builds upon the previous network development efforts of ENLACE Florida and supports its transition to become the official Florida College Access Network. 

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to review the strategic framework developed but the Florida C.A.N. taskforce and provide feedback that will help strengthen the network.

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Nearby hotel options

Embassy Suites (1.26 mi) $179 per night

3705 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, Florida

Free shuttle service to Campus

Wingate by Wydham (1.4 mi) $102 per night

3751 E. Fowler Ave, McKinley & Fowler
Tampa, FL 33612

Free shuttle service to Campus

Clarion (1.5 mi) $59 per night

2701 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33612

Free shuttle service to Campus

La Quinta Inn & Suites - (2.1 mi) ) $69 per night

3701 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33612

 Summit Parking: 

Free parking is available for all summit attendees in USF Theatre lot #3A. Follow the "Summit Parking" signs posted on campus. Once you park in the roped-off area, the Marshall Student Center will be the large building immediately to your left. Click here for a USF Campus Parking map.


We have a variety of conference sponsorship levels and opportunities available. Click here to download the sponsorship request level letter and form to see what each sponsorship level includes. For more information about in-kind sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lalita Llerena at

Platinum              $5,000

Premiere             $2,500

Lead                   $1,500