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B-CU Continues to Lead Annie E. Casey Foundation's Florida HBCU's Expanding the Bench Summit


Event: Florida HBCUs Expanding the Bench in Performance Management Summit

Dates: May 16 – 18, 2018

Location: Marriot Residence Inn Orlando; 11000 Westwood Boulevard; Orlando Florida

Researchers and scholars from Edward Waters College, Florida A&M University, Florida Memorial and Bethune-Cookman University will convene at the Florida HBCUs Expanding the Bench in Performance Management Summit May 16 – 18, 2018in Orlando, Florida. Annie E. Casey Foundation has provided more than $300K in funding to this B-CU-led project since 2015. B-CU faculty members Dr. Randy Nelson, principal investigator, Dr. Kideste Yusef, co-site coordinator, and Dr. Nichole Jones, co-site coordinator, will facilitate summit activities. 

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Expanding the Bench was created from a fundamental belief that increasing diversity in the field of research and evaluation improves our knowledge base and makes for better science and social innovation. Diversity promotes creative thinking by expanding a group's capacity for viewing issues or problems from multiple perspectives and vantage points. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Expanding the Bench initiative aims to increase diversity within the Foundation’s current pool of expert researchers and evaluators, including evaluators with expertise in Results-Based Accountability (RBA). 

Results Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and acting to improve entrenched and complex social problems. Communities use it to improve the lives of children, youth, families and adults. RBA is also used by organizations to improve the effectiveness of their programs.

"The RBA model is widely recognized as a cutting-edge performance management tool that can be used to develop and improve program or institutional performance outcomes. More than ten (10) B-CU faculty members across multiple disciplines have received RBA training with the intent of introducing the principles and framework of the model to their students," said Nelson.  

For more information, contact Program Director Randy Nelson, PhD; Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Program/ School of Graduate Studies / Liberal Arts at or 850-567-0536.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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