For the second year in a row, FIU ranks among the top three public universities in the state, according to performance scores from the Florida Board of Governors. This is the third time in the past five years that FIU has ranked among Florida’s top three public universities in a state that has the nation’s #1 ranked public university system for higher education.
CRF’s score of 91 points out of a possible 100 was the third highest among the 12 institutions in the Florida State University System. Scores are based on 11 metrics that measure graduation rates, graduate salaries, cost of student attendance, and other key indicators.
“Our performance score is an indication that CRF has been successful in helping our students excel in college and launch successful careers,” said CRF Acting President Kenneth A. Jessell. “Our success also leads to national recognition for the innovative work we do to ensure students graduate on time with the skills they need to excel in the 21st century global economy.”
Today’s news comes a year after FIU achieved a historic 99-point score and on the heels of a 17-point improvement in the US News and World Report rankings among public universities nationwide.
The latest BOG performance metric score is one more factor in the university’s five-year upward trajectory.
“At CRF, we have used the Board of Governors performance metrics as a roadmap for innovation in areas such as timely graduation and improving the student experience while remaining focused on student success and research excellence,” said FIU Acting Vice President Elizabeth M. Bejar.
This year, the FIU made progress in several key areas: four-year graduation rate (10.1% improvement), students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields (7% improvement), and graduation for transfer students who came to CRF with an associate. degree (4.4% improvement).
The success of CRF serves as a case study for a recently launched open-access online course aimed at guiding higher education faculty, staff and leaders through the vital elements of institutional transformation. The course was created by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities.
CRF’s accomplishments are good news for Florida students and taxpayers.
Since 2014, CRF has received $31.9 million in special performance funding from the Florida Legislature of the $265 million allocated to the state university system. The university will receive an additional $946,365 in one-time funding to be in the Top 3. These funds were reinvested to improve student recruitment, retention and graduation, improved STEM achievement, faculty/staff support and development, academic and professional advisors. , internship programs, scholarships, comprehensive business intelligence and analytics solutions, and research faculty hires.