Student Voices - DirectConnect, Valencia College

DirectConnect was introduced in 2006 as a partnership between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and four Central Florida colleges: Valencia College, Brevard and Lake-Sumter Community Colleges and Seminole State College. Open to all students, this transfer initiative places emphasis on the student experience, smooth transition from college to the university, shared-use of facilities, and strong academic programs/services.

  • Since 2007, over 15,000 Valencia graduates have transferred to UCF as part of DirectConnect; 12% (3,695) were Hispanic.
  • Valencia's Hispanic DirectConnect students comprised fully 35% of all Hispanic transfer students to UCF in the 2011-12 academic year.
  • 53% of undergraduate minority students who started at UCF in 2011-2012 were Valencia transfer students.
  • DirectConnect students are persistent. In 2011-12, 65% (4,178) of all UCF Bachelors transfer student completers transferred from DirectConnect partner colleges; 52% (2,425) were Valencia transfers.
  • In 2011-12, Hispanic students made up 28% of the Valencia transfers who graduated from UCF with bachelors degrees.
  • Overall, 41% of DirectConnect students (from all partner colleges) who completed a UCF bachelor's degree did so in 2 years; 82% completed in 3 years; and 95% completed in 4 years. 17% of these graduates were Hispanic, as compared to 14% from Florida non-partner institutions.