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At a time when accountability is a priority in higher education, Florida State University is poised to implement a bold plan to move into the U.S. News & World Report Top 25 ranking of national public universities.

By leveraging a combination of state and private funding that is tied to set benchmarks to make it a national leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as student career readiness and job placement, President Eric J. Barron is confident Florida State will achieve this goal.

Florida State's "Top 25" plan calls for an increased state commitment of $75 million divided into $15 million increments over five years. The university will match the state's commitment dollar for dollar with targeted investments in four areas: STEM, entrepreneurial focus, career enhancements and higher retention and graduation rates.

Florida State's "Top 25" plan is a legislative initiative to create pre-eminent universities. Schools advancing to this category would receive a higher level of state funding because of their ability to meet a broad set of standards of excellence.  At the present time, only Florida State and the University of Florida would quality for pre-eminence.

By Keith Bromery
12 April 2013

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