Creating Our Collective Impact

UCF is a model for higher education in the 21st century, poised to make a better future for our students and society. Focused on the next 20 years, we’re setting the course for our university and our community with a bold, new strategic plan that will transform the way we teach, learn and engage.

Based on the idea that bigger is better, we are challenging long-held assumptions about the role and scope of higher education. We are multiplying the power of our scale by our constant pursuit of excellence to change the world. This means setting big goals — and working together — to achieve our collective impact.

Marchioli Collective Impact Awards

At UCF, we believe in a community of thinkers who push boundaries to shift paradigms and solve big problems. We also know that none of us is smarter than all of us.

That’s why we are launching two new awards to recognize and celebrate the best ideas from across the university to help us reach many of the goals laid out in the Collective Impact Strategic Plan. Both new awards are named for UCF Foundation Board Chair Nelson Marchioli ‘72 and aim to seek out big ideas that will bend our future.

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1. Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award

One nominee will be selected each fall and spring semester over the next three years for developing and implementing an innovative program, initiative or project that’s helping UCF achieve the priority metrics from the Collective Impact Strategic Plan. This award was created to recognize and celebrate individual or small team contributions already underway that are demonstrating success and will provide a $1,000 cash award to a non-unit faculty or staff member, or a $1,000 grant that may be used to fund travel, teaching or research to an in-unit faculty member.

How to Enter

All nominees for this award must be full-time UCF faculty or staff members who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • An individual who has developed his or her own innovation by converting ideas from general concepts into novel initiatives, projects or programs that are producing measured outcomes related to one or more priority metric.
  • An individual who has led a team that has advanced innovation by converting ideas from general concepts into novel initiatives, projects or programs that are producing measured outcomes related to one or more priority metric.

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

To nominate a faculty or staff member, please click and fill out the nomination form below. Information on the selection process can be found in these guidelines.

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2. Marchioli Collective Impact Ideation Competition

This one-time award crowd-sources the best ideas from faculty and staff to help UCF reach its strategic plan goals – offering the chance to win three prizes, worth up to $2,500. This award asks applicants to first select a priority metric (outlined in the guidelines) and affiliated strategies. Then, describe an initiative, program or project that you believe would help achieve the metric, and explain why you believe it will work. Awards are $2,500, $1,000 or $500, and will be provided as cash to non-unit faculty or staff members, or as a grant that may be used to fund travel, teaching or research to in-unit faculty members.

How to Enter

Review the strategic plan summary on the following pages, and select a priority metric to address. Review that metric’s affiliated strategies. Then, develop an idea for an innovative initiative, program or project that will help achieve the selected metric. For your submission to be reviewed, you must describe your idea (in 500 words or less) and why you believe it will work (in 500 words or less).

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

First prize winner will receive $2,500; second and third prizes are $1,000 and $500, respectively. Information on the selection process can be found in these guidelines.

Questions? Review the FAQs for the Ideation Competition Award.

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About the Collective Impact Strategic Plan

In Fall 2015, university and community leaders launched a strategic planning process to set UCF’s trajectory for the next 20 years. More than 800 people — including faculty, staff, students, alumni, businesses leaders, elected officials and community leaders — provided input.

Their feedback helped create the most inclusive and far-reaching strategic effort in UCF’s history. The plan includes long-term 20-year goals and sets 5-year targets in areas from student success and research funding to faculty excellence and philanthropy to create a greater impact on lives and livelihoods at UCF and across the region.