As South Florida's only public research university, we are proud of our record of service to the South Florida community and to our students. With our 2010-2015 Worlds Ahead strategic plan, we built on our faculty's research and creative energies to form a strong foundation for competitiveness in the twenty-first century knowledge economy, and engaged with local and global communities in collaborative problem solving. The face of higher education is changing, and with our FIUBeyondPossible2020 strategic plan, we are charting a course to fulfill our destiny as a world-renowned university. FIU represents the future of American public universities, a glimpse into what our community, our nation and the world will experience in years to come.
FIUBeyondPossible2020 is the roadmap to our future. Its focus on student success, preeminent programs, achieving the Carnegie Very High Research Designation, and expanding our financial base and increasing efficiency reflects our new normal. We are preparing our students to graduate in a timely manner so that they can take good jobs, create good jobs and make a good life. We will build on the unique programs that have enhanced the FIU brand throughout the world. We will reach the next level in research and creative activity. To do all this we must be innovative and think outside the box in obtaining the necessary support to make FIU a leading urban public research university.
Research at FIU focuses on addressing scientific challenges, as well as the social and economic needs of Florida and the nation. FIU faculty produces research that is linked to local economic development and problem solving. Research provides high-skill, high-wage jobs for our communities. As an urban research university, we are committed to investing now to foster the next generation of scientists and innovation, which will be the key to global competitiveness, new and better jobs, a resilient economy, and the attainment of essential national goals.