Our FIU is number one! This year our FIU has earned the highest score among public universities in the state, according to the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) performance-based funding scores announced today.
The hard work of our students, faculty and staff over the past years has paid off. Our top performance this year affirms that our commitment to the academic and research mission, our intentionality, and our dedication to student success have proven to be a winning strategy.
In Florida, public universities are evaluated on key student success metrics including four-year graduation rate, retention rate, cost to students and employment of recent graduates.
FIU earned 97 points, the highest score in the history of Florida’s Performance Based Funding (PBF) Model. This represents a nine-point improvement over our PBF score last year. Our success in addressing the academic, research and operational needs of our university is reflected in the performance funding metrics. We have reason to be proud of our efforts.
Our FIU showed significant advances this year in several metrics including: four-year graduation rate (6.5 percent improvement), six-year graduation rate for students who are awarded a Pell grant in their first year (3.5 percent improvement), and our number of post-doctoral appointees (7 percent improvement).
This news comes at the end of a banner year for FIU, which has included multiple top-50 rankings and on the heels of the $40 million donation by philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett. We are humbled and encouraged by the recognition of our work and impact as a university community.
Together with our recent recognition in national rankings for international business, law, nursing, public health, and environmental resilience efforts, this recognition by the BOG is further evidence of FIU emerging preeminence.
Thank you for your contribution to our FIU’s stellar performance. Now, more than ever, our dedication to producing research and innovation that transforms our community, the nation and the world is making an impact.
Mark B. Rosenberg