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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:58 am   
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What must take place for FIU to get out of the tarnished "second tier" list of academic institutions where Nova and Barry typically reside?

This year, US News & World report listed UM, UCF, FSU, UF, and USF in the top tier of academic institutions in the state of Florida. UM is now at #38 (congrats to them), UF dropped a bit to #58, and FSU, USF and UCF round out the top 200.

Seriously, why isn't FIU in this top tier? I know we won't be a top 50 school, and would probably fall somewhere around USF and UCF, but considering the massive academic leaps we've made as of late, its rather odd. Our medical school is going very well, and the school of law consistently outranks other state schools in the BAR.


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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:41 am   
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Graduation rates, student/teacher ratios, and alumni giving are 3 big hits against FIU.

The first is an almost inherent problem that comes with the territory of being a large urban commuter university. Large numbers of people stop and re-start their education depending on their personal situation. An increase in more traditional students would help here.

Student/teacher ratios are taking a continued hit with the severe cuts in State funding. Just look at how fast UF is dropping. We need a more diversified revenue stream - a better mix of state funding, charitable giving, and public/private partnerships. The med school should help.

Giving is certainly one area that is in all of our control but participation has historically been very low at FIU. Believe it or not, our athletic successes will also help in this area. As well as continued growth of our Law and Med schools. But ultimately this is indirectly tied to #1.

These rankings don't paint the whole picture at any university, but certainly there's work to be done


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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:52 am   
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FIUer, good points all around. However, I think a lot of the items you mentioned would also affect USF and UCF, two schools that are quite similar to FIU.


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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:28 am   
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They do but apparently to a lesser extent. UCF's grad rate is far higher and USF's endowment is around triple that of ours.


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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:23 pm   
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