FGCU’s 2021 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies Building, AB9
Capital Request: $1,388,248
#1 on the Board of Governors approved priority list
•These funds will complete this laboratory- and classroom-intensive building; and is listed as the #1 project on the Board of Governors’ approved capital priority request.
•Our Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies (IWCS) building that will house The Water School is foundational to FGCU’s success of our Board of Governors’ approved University of Distinction.
FGCU University of Distinction: The Water School
2021-22 Legislative Budget Request: $4,000,000
Included in the Board of Governors' Universities of Distinction 2020-21 Legislative Budget Requests
•University of Distinction $4 million request will allow FGCU to continue its trajectory towards designation as a recognized state and national leader in the area of water, focusing on local issues with impacts beyond Florida and serving our community.
•FGCU leads the SUS in the percent of our graduates remaining in our region or the state to live, work and positively contribute to the economy. With the addition of The Water School, FGCU will continue to support the region’s environment, workforce, economy and quality of life.
•This investment will allow The Water School to contribute to the diversification of the region’s economy it serves through innovation in agribusiness, construction management, hydrology, environmental engineering and public health, which are documented state workforce needs.
FGCU OPERATIONAL FUNDING: $2,255,119 (Recurring)
•FGCU requests $2,255,119 to respond to the region’s documented workforce need of more healthcare professionals. To meet the demand of this workforce request, we would increase the enrollment of our highly successful Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by 50% commencing in the Fall of 2021.
•This funding will allow FGCU to produce 88 additional highly qualified nursing graduates and fund operational expenses of full-time faculty, in addition to the current faculty, that is an essential resource for a successful program and workforce response.
•The Marieb College of Health & Human Services’ School of Nursing program once again achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which allows our graduates to immediately enter into the region’s workforce.