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Contact: Rebecca Brower, FSU College of Education

October 14, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded First Place in FSU’s Annual Postdoctoral Symposium

The Center for Postsecondary Success is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebecca Brower, one of our two postdoctoral fellows, was awarded first place in the interdisciplinary category in the Postdoctoral Poster competition at Florida State University’s Annual Postdoctoral Symposium. Dr. Brower’s study, titled “A Policy Implementation Typology of Florida’s Developmental Education Reform,” identified the policy perspectives of community college educators and linked them to three policy implementation patterns. These implementation patterns included: active resistance, or “oppositional implementation”; passive compliance, or “satisficing implementation”; and active cooperation, or “facilitative implementation.” Rebecca also identified 18 specific implementation behaviors among these educators. Her analysis illuminates a crucial first step in determining links between the actions of people who implement policy and policy outcomes.

Dr. Brower remarked, “It was challenging to present my study at the symposium because all of the judges were professors from the natural and life sciences. However, it was also a wonderful opportunity to highlight the important policy work we are doing in the Center for Postsecondary Success. This experience helped me hone my skills at effectively communicating research results to a broader academic audience and the public in general. I am proud of our work and honored to have won first place.”

The mission of the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) is to provide support for, and foster collaboration among, those who are interested in conducting research on student success in postsecondary education, and to identify and evaluate institutional, state, and federal policies and programs that may serve to improve student success.


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