Points Of Pride
2010 Progress Update
Presented to the FAU Board of Trustees
Points of Pride
Goal #1: Increased Access to Higher Education
1. Nursing Passage Rate
- In recent years the passage rate for nursing licensing exam (NCLEX) has increased from 79% in 2003-04 to
92% in 2008.
2. Pressing Forward with Student Retention
- FTIC one year retention rate is close to 80%.
3. Three New Degree Programs in August 2010
- Professional Master of Science in Business Biotechnology, Professional Master of Science in Medical
Physics and Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.
4. Expanded Amenities on Boca Raton Campus
- Recreation & Fitness Center (256,103 visitors in 2009-2010)
- Intramural Sports participants increased 33%
-Construction of Innovation Village Apartments (Phase I)
-The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (Greek Life) instituted a 5-year
strategic plan for the campus
5. National Honor
-Received a Center of Excellence rating as one of the only eleven universities in the country for Food
Goal # 2: Meeting Statewide Professional & Workforce Needs
1. FAU Faculty, Staff and Students are immersed in meeting workforce needs
-All Colleges and Student Affairs units have advisory committees with active community members.
FAU offers over 300 courses and programs with some form of service learning, internship, practicum
or clinical experience for students.
2. Valuing Diversity
-Notable 5-year change in the diversity of faculty and staff has set the stage for further progress.
Goal # 3: Building Word Class Academic Programs & Research
1. Academic Research Expenditures
-Since 2005-06 FAU has surpassed the target of achieving 10% annual growth in total research
expenditures by increasing at the rate of 17.2% annually. Federal research expenditures have also
grown at 9.9% annually.
2. University Reputation
-Strategic partnerships with Max Planck Florida Institute, Scripps Florida and Torrey Pines Institute for
Molecular Studies have added to FAU’s national & international reputation. The recently established Charles E.
Schmidt College of Medicine also enhances FAU’s reputation.
3. Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
-The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has designated the Center for Ocean Energy Technology (COET) at
Florida Atlantic University as a national center for ocean energy research and development.
Goal #4: University Service Activities In The Community
1. Service and Engagement with Community
-In 2009-10 a total of 1,249 students completed 96,296 academic service hours and 1,636 students
completed 65,786 volunteer hours for a grand total value of 1.2 million hours of investments in the community.
-Additionally, academic service courses were made available in 9 colleges, faculty stipends were
established for integration of service learning into syllabi, annual volunteer fair was hosted and
workshops for faculty and community agencies were held highlighting partnerships.
2. Community Input
-College advisory committees exist in College of Medicine, Honors College, College of Science and
College of Nursing.
-College advisory committees along with multiple unit advisory committees exist in Colleges of
Engineering and Computer Science.
-Unit based advisory groups also exist in College of Arts and Letters, College of Business and College
of Design and Social Inquiry.
Goal #5: State-of-the-Art Information Technology
1. Advances in IT Support
-Stable funding is now available for a 3-year replacement cycle for technology in instructional labs. Similarly,
steady funding for IT support is available for teaching, research and service.
-Many upgrades to infrastructure in FLR and GRID technology, video conferencing facilities,
bandwidth, networks, tech-fee funds and faculty stipends have been instituted. Significant upgrade to network
infrastructure – Florida Lambda Rail (FLR) and GRID technology is accessible to researchers. More
Goal #6: Enhancing Physical Environment
1. Modern Facilities and Proactive Maintenance
-27 major projects have been completed in the last 5 years and deferred maintenance has been enhanced
-Master plans for Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter have been aligned to the BOT Campus
-A sense of place has been created through architecture as in enhanced signage and branding
for Recreation Plaza, Innovation Village and other regional campuses. Efficient and safe
transportation adds to this character of the campus.
-600 new beds have been added on campus and an additional 1,200 are to become available through
Innovation Village in Fall 2011.
Goal #7: Increase University Visibility
1. Branding and Communication
-The University has created policies and producers for branding that allow all units
to communicate with one voice.
-An effective crisis communication plan is in place and has been tested successfully.
-A strong online presence has been established in social media networks.
High Ranking for Bachelor’s Degrees for Hispanic Graduates
-Florida Atlantic University has been ranked 25th out of 100 of the top four-year colleges in the nation in
conferring bachelor’s degrees on to Hispanic graduates, according to a survey conducted by Hispanic Outlook in
Higher Education magazine.
- A member of our Visual Arts and Art History faculty has received the highest recognition attainable in the arts and
humanities – a Guggenheim Fellowship. Professor Blane de St. Croix was one of 180 artists, scholars and scientists
selected from a field of more than 3,000 candidates for the coveted Guggenheim award.
-This year’s incoming class of 2,700 first-time-in-college students is about 150 students larger than last
year’s freshman class, and their academic credentials are impressive. Their average high school GPA is
3.4. Their combined SAT score is 1620 – up 18 points over last year – and their composite ACT score is 24.