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Title: Who We Are: Florida Atlantic University

Who We Are Florida Atlantic University
Who We Are Florida Atlantic University
  • 3,655,271 Floridians
  • in service area
  • 35,000 Lifelong
  • Learning course
  • registrations
  • Economic impact
  • exceeds 1.2 billion
  • 27,700 students
  • 590 tenure-earning faculty
  • 81 undergraduate/19 graduate
  • Carnegie Class RU/H Research Universities
  • (High Research Activity)
  • 7 sites spanning 150 miles
  • 47 part-time students (largest in SUS)

  • Core Strengths
  • FAU serves the new traditional student older,
    part-time, employed, lower income, minority
  • Enrollment reflects the characteristics of
    service region
  • Minority students graduate at same rate as
  • Large number of transfer students with strong
    graduation rates
  • Growing scientific and engineering focus (e.g.,
    Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology)
  • Challenges
  • Improve retention and FTIC graduation rates
  • Increase research funding
  • Expand funding sources
  • Grow graduate education

Who We Are Florida Atlantic University
BOT-Approved Peer Institutions for FAU
University Total Science Engineering RD Expenditures, FY 08( in thousands) Total Enrollment Fall 2009 Graduate of Total Enrollment 6-Year Graduation Rate 2003 Cohort Freshman Retention, 2008 to 2009
Florida Atlantic University 41,788 27,700 19 38 79
George Mason University 72,542 32,067 39 63 85
Georgia State University 77,709 30,431 26 50 83
Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ - Indianapolis n/a 30,383 27 34 72
Old Dominion University 66,538 24,013 24 51 80
Portland State University 27,007 24,942 20 31 69
University of Akron, Main Campus 27,182 27,822 17 n/a 69
University of Louisville 148,936 21,016 26 48 78
University of Memphis 43,183 21,424 22 39 76
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 50,775 29,069 22 39 73
University of Texas-Arlington 43,005 28,085 24 43 68
University of Toledo 59,583 23,064 21 45 68
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 41,285 30,418 17 43 73
Virginia Commonwealth University 148,655 32,436 29 51 84
Approved January 2006 as part of FAUs strategic
plan Includes medical school
  • Aspirational peers and goals will be set in FAUs
    upcoming strategic planning process

The Next 5 10 Years
  • Vision University of first choice for excellent
    and accessible education
  • Launch independent College of Medicine 2011
    inaugural class
  • Transform delivery of academic services,
    including E-learning, which will increase student
    capacity, particularly for part-time and adult
  • Increase on-campus housing, which is proven to
    improve student engagement, graduation rates
  • Provide new or improved facilities and amenities
    including student union, health and counseling
    center, career development and civic engagement
    center, branch campus classrooms, core research
  • Vision Collaboration with regional partners
  • Scripps Florida
  • Max Planck Florida Institute
  • Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
  • Area hospitals for medical education
  • Florida Initiative for the Advancement of
    Teaching (FIAT) and regional school districts
  • NOAA Cooperative Institute with University of
    North Carolina-Wilmington
  • University of Miami Cooperative Institute on
    Marine and Atmospheric Science (CIMAS)

The Next 5 10 Years
  • Vision Contributions to creativity and research
  • Center for Ocean Energy Technology
  • 15 million in state and federal support for
    clean, renewable energy
  • FAU selected as the recipient of EnergyOcean
    Internationals 2010 Academic Pioneer Award
  • Department of Defense-funded HBOI research
  • Novel underwater laser system and robotics to
    develop sensing networks for enhanced security of
    coastal waters and ports
  • The College for Design and Social Inquiry
  • Community collaboration and revitalization
    research projects in disaster recovery, public
    transportation and housing construction
  • Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (CAKE),
    an NSF-supported center in the College of
    Engineering and Computer Science
  • A collaboration with FIU for faculty and industry
    to jointly pursue advanced research in
    information technology, communication and
  • Commercial Music Program
  • Students develop skills for a professional music
    career and study the business of music
  • The Klezmer Company Orchestra

FAUs Contribution to System and New Florida
  • Investment in Harbor Branch Oceanographic
  • Dynamic research climate will attract
    research-productive faculty focusing on marine
    ecosystems, aquaculture and biomedicines
  • Joint M.D./Ph.D. program with Scripps Research
  • Prepare physician scientists who will rapidly
    apply research findings to modern clinical
  • Strengthen South Florida workforce
  • Increase degree production in STEM, health
    professions and education degrees
  • Increase access to educational opportunities for
    working adults
  • Increase number of degrees to African-American,
    Hispanic and Pell Grant students
  • Sixth largest College of Business in U.S.
    produces 1,600 graduates annually
  • School of Accounting ranks in top 10 in the U.S.
  • Economic Development
  • Partnered in establishing the Max Planck Florida
    Institute at FAU
  • Established Adams Center for Entrepreneurship in
    the College of Business
  • Developing a university-wide platform for

1 - 3 Year Initiatives for Work Plan
  • Funding derived from a five-year plan that leases
    broadband frequencies under FCC permit and from
    strategic internal allocations. These initiatives
    are in their third year of implementation.
  • 1) Promote success and retention of FTIC students
  • Improved instruction in math courses
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • Faculty learning communities focused on pedagogy
    of teaching

Increase in Pass Rates with SI Fall 2006 to Fall
College Algebra 92
Methods of Calculus 55
Math for Liberal Arts 28
Introductory Statistics 12
1 3 Year Initiatives for Work Plan
  • 2) Division of Research identified priority areas
    for focused research through a
  • competitive proposal process for
    interdisciplinary teams
  • -Climate change
  • -Brain function, damage and repair
  • -Healthy aging
  • Internally funded over three years
  • Each area expected to generate major external
  • 3) Provided competitive start-up packages to
    attract world-class research-active
  • faculty to FAU
  • 4) Strengthen technological infrastructure to
    offer faster, more
  • reliable and scalable services for teaching,
    research, service and
  • administration
  • 20 of classroom instructional technology updated
  • Network infrastructure replaced
  • E-learning centrally supported

Enrollment Plan
  • Major revision to enrollment plan will occur with
    new strategic planning process
  • Project growth at upper division and graduate
    levels for in-state residents
  • Evolving relationships with State Colleges
    expected to impact enrollment, especially for
    potential transfer students
  • Increase quality and diversity of out-of-state
    and international students through marketing and
  • Expand E-learning opportunities to increase
    capacity unrestrained by space limitations
  • Increase FTICs through new campus amenities and
    reputation for excellence
  • Inaugural medical school class in fall 2011 256
    medical students by 2015

New Degrees Under Development
  • Three additional professional science masters
    degrees in employment growth areas
  • -Cyber and information security
  • -Architecture
  • -Science journalism
  • Ph.D. in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering
  • -FAUs new College of Engineering and Computer
    Science building will be
  • the first platinum-LEED-certified academic
    research building in Florida
  • and will serve as a living laboratory for
    energy-efficient practices

Differential Tuition
Authority to charge differential tuition
EG dollars
  • In 2009-10, the tuition differential preserved
    250 course sections corresponding to over 10,000
    enrollments (English, chemistry, math, Spanish,
    other high demand courses)
  • To date, 310 students have received need-based
    aid of 2,000 each.

Differential Tuition 2010-11
  • 7 requested
  • Will generate 4,477,776
  • 1,343,333 for financial aid - 670 students will
    receive 2,000 each in additional need-based aid
  • Improvement of academic advising and tutoring
  • Nine academic advisors hired for fall 2010 to
    decrease student/advisor ratio and improve
    student success
  • Supplemental instruction to be offered in 110
    course sections
  • Improved access to academic courses
  • 300 undergraduate course sections retained with
    15,000 student enrollments
  • General education courses will be the first
    target to facilitate students timely progression
    to degree
  • Continue to hire high quality faculty
  • -Tenure-earning faculty from Cornell
    University, Harvard University,
  • Stanford University, Ohio State University
    and the University of
  • Pennsylvania
  • Effectiveness of differential tuition will be
    continually measured. Expected outcomes include
    lessening unmet course demand, maintaining
    faculty/student ratio, improving student/advisor
    ratio and ensuring student progression toward

Looking Forward
FAU eagerly embraces its promise as a rapidly
maturing member of the State University System
and an ever-increasing asset to the people of
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