FGCU'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies, AB 9-$25,446,496
- FGCU’s AB 9 funding is included in the Board of Governors 2019 Legislative Budget Request.
- These funds will complete the construction of the Integrated Watershed and Coast Studies building (AB9).
- The new academic building will address FGCU’s documented major laboratory deficit that prohibits the university from offering the necessary courses to improve student retention and increase graduation rates.
- With the addition of the laboratory intensive and classroom building, FGCU can increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) graduates and continue to attract high-achieving and academically talented students to live and work in Southwest Florida.
$12.4 Million LBR-Operational Funding/Student Success
- $12.4 million operational funding is included in the Board of Governors 2019 Legislative Budget Request.
- This funding is the second phase of FGCU’s 3-year plan to increase recurring funding.
- Funding will allow FGCU to:
- Execute FGCU’s approved 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, which includes FGCU’s #1 objective to improve four-year graduation and retention rates.
- Invest in incentive-based scholarships and work study programs to remove financial barriers for students and prepare them to enter the workforce.
- Create or refine and invest in existing programs that improve student performance with innovative Public/Private Educational Partnerships, including a PreK-12 Lab School and degrees that lead to high-wage demand jobs with a regional focus on: Construction Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics and Nursing.
- Increased funding will allow FGCU to provide the necessary programs and operational support to meet its strategic goals, which provides all students with a pathway to success and a diversified SW Florida economy.