FIU rewarded $25 million in funding after becoming Preeminent State Research University

“I think it’s important for our students to understand just how committed we are to their success,” - FIU President Kenneth A. Jessell | Photo via FIU Flickr

Danette Heredia | Staff Writer

Florida International University is now considered the youngest of the four schools to join the prestigious group of Preeminent State Research Universities. 

After being acknowledged as an Emerging Preeminent State Research University five years ago, FIU finally received the  title this year after passing 12 out of 13 metrics, revolving around the university’s student success and research performances. 

The Florida Preeminence Program was launched in 2013 as a way for the state of Florida to support the highest performing universities of the state with a sizable award of $25 million dollars in  additional funding granted to preeminent universities. 

Florida legislature allocated $100 million to be divided by the four preeminent institutions – USF, FIU, UF, and FSU.

“We are investing in our faculty and our students. We want to continue to improve, we want to continue having impact – not only locally but globally,” said  President Kenneth A. Jessell in a phone interview with PantherNOW. 

Increasing the quality of education for students is one of the main focuses President Jessell has for the future of FIU, involving investments in new courses and research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates alike. 

“I think it’s important for our students to understand just how committed we are to their success, and when you’re thinking about going to a university to study, you want to go to a university that is fully invested with the success of its students,” said Jessell. 

The funding is confirmed to be a university-wide investment that is aiming to improve all departments, including a portion of the investments being allocated towards the retention of FIU faculty and staff. 

FIU has consistently been earning a spot within the top three ranked universities of the state within the last four years in a row and earning the highest score of the State University System with 96 points again. 

“You can’t be anything except so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a Panther family,” said Jessell.

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