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EXCEL in a nutshell: building blocks toward creating a learning community for STEM (EXCEL series:post 2)

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 by Michael Georgiopoulos

Welcome to the current installment of my blog describing my experiences, lessons learned, and road bumps as I worked with my many colleagues from the University of Central Florida (UFC) to develop the successful University of Central Florida’s EXCEL program.  I  hope you will enjoy reading about my experiences and garner tips and ideas for making your STEP program successful. In this post I’d ... Read More

Central Florida’s (UCF’s) EXCEL program: a case study on the development, growth, success, and future plans for a STEP grant (EXCEL series:post 1)

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 by Michael Georgiopoulos

Introduction to the EXCEL Series. Hello, my name is Michael Georgiopoulos.  I am the principal investigator of the STEP Grant: UCF STEP Pathways to STEM: From Promise to Prominence “EXCEL” project and I have the unique honor of being the first STEP grantee to start up a Blog on  I would like to use this blog as an opportunity to share with the larger STEP Community my ... Read More

STEP Central Updates and New Features

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 by Daniel Udovic

Welcome to the new STEP Central Blog. The blog is one of several new features that we are adding to It is meant to provide an opportunity for members of the STEP community (and other invited guests) to post opinion pieces and major communications that are of interest to all of us involved in improving STEM undergraduate education. Members are welcome to submit pieces for ... Read More