PATH TO THE TOP 25
We can all be proud of the work we have already done, and as we look forward to 2017, there is a lot more to do! We will implement our five-year strategic plan, focus on improving metrics that are key to performance and preeminence funding and national rankings, recruit and retain top faculty and staff, expand our research enterprise and continue to build on our diversity and inclusion efforts.
We are already preparing for the legislative session in March, and we are asking for significant funding to help us improve our faculty-student ratio and grow our graduate student enrollment. I am optimistic that we will have support in reaching these goals. We have charted a course to become a Top 25 public university, and I know our collective passion for Florida State will help us get there.
MORE THAN RANKINGS
It’s not just about the rankings, though. As I mentioned in my State of the University address, it’s hard to put a number on what we do, especially at a student-centered university like Florida State. Your enthusiasm inspires our students, academically and outside of the classroom. I was reminded of your dedication to helping students at the Transformation Through Teaching dinner at the President’s House on Nov. 28. I applaud the faculty who were recognized — and all of you — for the difference you make in the lives of students on a daily basis.