Our Commitment to Students and Society

In fall 2015, university and community leaders launched a process to set UCF’s trajectory for the next 20 years. More than 800 individuals shared their input, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, businesses leaders, elected officials and community leaders. This feedback helped create the most inclusive and far-reaching strategic planning effort in UCF’s history. It also helped us define five bold promises — our commitment to our students and the community we serve.

Each promise is critical to our mission and beliefs, and is how we measure our success as a model for 21st-century higher education.

Our Promises:

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Harness the power of scale to transform lives and livelihoods.

While universities have wrestled with the presumed choice between size and quality, UCF focuses its mission on serving the unique needs of our region — which demands scale and quality. Focusing the strength of our numbers and combined abilities empowers UCF to transform lives.

Attract and cultivate exceptional and diverse faculty, students and staff whose collective contributions strengthen us.

We believe that innovation comes from the meeting of diverse viewpoints, and that we’re smarter together than we could ever be on our own. We know our university is an outstanding place to learn and work, and we must make UCF a magnet for the best and brightest talent across the nation and globe.

Deploy our distinctive assets to solve society’s greatest challenges.

Making the world a better place is a big job — it requires a big university with people in different areas working together to make discoveries and solve problems. We want to leverage our unique strengths in our research, faculty, students, location and partners to solve today’s and tomorrow’s issues.

Create partnerships at every level that amplify our academic, economic, social and cultural impact and reputation.

UCF is heavily involved in the social and economic development of Central Florida and plays a key role in improving the health and wellbeing of the region. By building partnerships, we create common goals and common ground both locally and globally.

Innovate academic, operational and financial models to transform higher education.

Our success is no secret. We believe if there’s a better way, we should do it. By utilizing new technology and developing creative methods to increase learning, retention and student success, UCF is able to reach large numbers of students to transform their lives and the lives of their families for generations to come.