How Far We’ve Come

UCF is one of the great success stories in higher education. But no university becomes world class by chance. The difference is strategy. The Collective Impact Strategic Plan outlines deliberate metrics accompanied by bold strategies to achieve our Promises and Charge.

Reaching our goals means institutionalizing the plan across the entire campus and working with faculty, staff and students to help us meet benchmarks each year. These goals and priority metrics are focused on the first 5-year period since approving the plan in 2016.

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Goal 1: Increasing Student Access, Success and Prominence

  • Lead large Florida metropolitan areas in the percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree
  • Achieve Top 5 ranking among Orlando Economic Partnership peer regions of the percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Enroll a student population whose family incomes reflect the distribution of the region
  • First-year retention of 92%
  • Six-year graduation rate of 75%
  • Average GPA of 4.0 and SAT of 1870 for incoming fall freshmen
  • Top 10 ranking among public universities for the number of National Merit Scholars
  • Enroll a student population that reflects the demographic distribution of the region
  • Transfer student graduation rate of 75%
Goal 1 Progress Measurement - UCF 6 Year Graduation Rate Increase

Goal 1 Progress Measurement
UCF Six-year Graduation Rate Increase

Goal 1 Progress Measurement - UCF First-year Retention Rates

Goal 1 Progress Measurement
UCF First-year Retention Rates

Goal 1 Progress Measurement - UCF Transfer Student Success

Goal 1 Progress Measurement
UCF Transfer Student Success

Goal 2: Strengthening Our Faculty and Staff

  • Increase the number of National Academy members on the faculty to six
  • Reach 1,200 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members
  • Reach at least 65% of all faculty members with assigned instructional duties are tenured or tenure-track
  • Increase the number of philanthropically endowed professorships and chairs from 64 to 80
  • Achieve 25% in new hires of under-represented groups among tenured and tenure-track new hires
  • Rank in the top 10% of large Orlando employers as a best place to work
  • Achieve 25% in employment of under-represented groups among full-time administrative and professional new hires who are retained five or more years
Goal 2 Progress Measurement - UCF Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty

Goal 2 Progress Measurement
UCF Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty

Goal 2 Progress Measurement - UCF New Hire Diversity

Goal 2 Progress Measurement
UCF New Hire Diversity

Goal 2 Progress Measurement - UCF Endowed Faculty

Goal 2 Progress Measurement
UCF Endowed Faculty

Goal 2 Progress Measurement - UCF National Academy Membership

Goal 2 Progress Measurement
UCF National Academy Membership

Goal 3: Growing Our Research and Graduate Programs

  • Reach at least 200 post-doctoral research appointees
  • Double research awards from $133M to at least $250M
  • Achieve 200 patents awarded over three years
  • Expand to 10,000 graduate students
  • Achieve research-focused graduate degrees to 25%
Goal 3 Progress Measurement - UCF Post Doctoral Appointees

Goal 3 Progress Measurement
UCF Post Doctoral Appointees

Goal 3 Progress Measurement - UCF Double Research Award

Goal 3 Progress Measurement
UCF Double Research Award

Goal 3 Progress Measurement - UCF Graduate Enrollment

Goal 3 Progress Measurement
UCF Graduate Enrollment

Goal 4: Creating Community Impact Through Partnerships

  • Develop a comprehensive arts and culture community engagement plan that defines qualitative goals that convey cultural impact in the community by June 30, 2017
  • Define by Dec. 31, 2016 and launch at least one major regional initiative that achieves measurable improvement in a significant community challenge (such as hunger, homelessness, quality of life, public health) and achieve a defined set of annual metrics that demonstrate meaningful progress
  • Actively engage in the region to generate $10 billion in annual economic impact through ongoing university activities, partnerships in diversifying the region’s economy, and industry cluster creation and growth

Goal 5: Leading Innovation in Higher Education

  • Build the UCF Foundation endowment to $175 million
  • Increase annual alumni giving donors from approximately 15,000 to 30,000
  • Increase alumni engagement from approximately 8,000 to 16,000
  • Increase new sources of funding by $100 million
  • Develop outcomes for fiscal stewardship within each department and academic unit
  • Develop a new standard for teaching facility design with measurable improvement in pedagogical effectiveness
  • Define and achieve metrics associated with the implementation of our online student success systems
  • Develop metrics for improvement of online programs
  • Identify and implement opportunities for improved operational efficiency and effectiveness and provide training to staff to maximize strategies
Goal 5 Progress Measurement - Foundation Endowment

Goal 5 Progress Measurement
Foundation Endowment

Goal 5 Progress Measurement - Annual Alumni Giving

Goal 5 Progress Measurement
Annual Alumni Giving

Goal 5 Progress Measurement - $100 Million Charge

Goal 5 Progress Measurement
$100 Million Charge

Metric Statistics and Progress
2016 2017 Priority Metric 2021
3rd 3rd Rank among Florida MSAs of percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree (within top 100 national MSAs) 1st
10th 10th Rank among Orlando Economic Partnership peer regions of percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree 5th
4.0/1850 4.02/1853 Average first-year student GPA and SAT 4.0/1870
11 11 Public university rank of National Merit Scholars Top 10
89.1% 88.8% FTIC First-year retention rate 92%
70.6% 69.0% FTIC Six-year graduation rate 75%
8,488 8,552 Number of graduate students 10,000
51 66 Post-doctoral research appointees 200
1 6 National Academy members 6
57.8% 59.6% Percentage of tenured or tenure-track faculty 65%
$133M $146M Research awards $250M
63 64 Endowed professorships and chairs 80
16,105 19,243 Alumni annual giving donors 30,000
$151M $146M UCF Foundation endowment $175M

Holding Ourselves Accountable

Tracking our progress helps us know where we are and how we’ll reach our goals. That’s why we launched a new Provost Forum series in fall 2016 exploring the Collective Impact Strategic Plan and our university’s future in several key areas, such as research, student success, philanthropy and faculty excellence.

Research and Graduate Studies
Friday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center – GCR

2016-17 Archive
Forum Webcast Archive | Presentation Slides | Handout


Faculty Excellence and Prominence
Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center – GCR

2016-17 Archive
Forum Webcast Archive | Presentation Slides | Handout

Student Success
Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center – GCR

2016-17 Archive
Forum Webcast Archive | Presentation Slides | Handout


Funding and Philanthropy
Tuesday, April 3, at 3 p.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center – GCR

2016-17 Archive
Forum Webcast Archive | Presentation Slides | Handout


| Questions? Contact Dr. Lisa Guion Jones at Lisa.Jones@ucf.edu