FAU performs better in Florida university rankings, receives extra $2 million from state

After coming in seventh last year, it ranked sixth out of Florida’s 11 state schools.


Near the Social Science Building sits the Administration Building. Here, FAU administrators will decide how to spend the extra $2 million in state funding FAU received this year. It’s unclear exactly how the money will be spent, as administration couldn’t be reached for comment at this time. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Cameren Boatner, News Editor

FAU wants to fund research and possibly hire “world-class faculty” after Florida awarded it $2 million more in state funding this year.

That extra couple million comes from FAU’s rise in state rankings, from seventh last year to sixth. Florida annually ranks the state’s 11 public universities based on their performance. And this year, FAU received $43 million in funding, as opposed to 2017’s $41 million.

As to how exactly the money will be spent, the university’s administration couldn’t provide interviews at this time, said FAU spokesperson Joshua Glanzer.

However, according to Glanzer, the faculty hirings are “pending approval from FAU administration.”

When determining how much the state schools are awarded every year, each university is graded based on a set of criteria. The Florida Board of Governors, who oversee the public education system, are in charge of that grading.

The scale takes into account:

  • Percentage of graduates who are employed or continuing education
  • Tuition and fees
  • Alumni wages after one year
  • Four-year graduation rates
  • Number of science, technology, engineering, and math degrees awarded
  • Number of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class

This year, lowering tuition/fees and raising the percent of employed graduates and their wages helped FAU climb the ranks.

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Cameren Boatner is the news editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].