The Board of Governors this week advanced several important initiatives to boost student safety, enhance student success, and strengthen ties with the business community. [Read more…] about Board of Governors’ Meeting Highlights
Scholarship funds will be distributed to Florida colleges
At today’s State Board of Education meeting, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart presented Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega with a check for $1,032,177 to benefit first-generation students and students pursuing careers in health care. [Read more…] about Florida College System Foundation Awards Florida’s 28 Colleges over $1 Million in Scholarships
The University of North Florida’s School of Nursing in the Brooks College of Health is turning 40 and is celebrating its anniversary with a free public lecture by inventor/technology futurist Pablos Holman. He’ll discuss “Inventing the Next 40 Years” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Building 45, on campus. [Read more…] about School of Nursing 40th Anniversary Celebration Features Inventor Pablos Holman
The University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has been awarded $283,708 for the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program from AmeriCorps to prepare teachers in the urban classroom setting. [Read more…] about UNF’s College of Education and Human Services Receives AmeriCorps Grant
The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Humanitarian Awards, which will be presented at a celebration dinner April 11, 2019. Since 1970, these prestigious awards have been the Jacksonville community’s way of honoring those who have given generously of themselves and have exhibited the highest personal and professional integrity. [Read more…] about 2019 OneJax Humanitarian Nominations Open
It’s a new semester at the University of North Florida, where fall classes are underway for more than 17,000 students, and the numbers are just in: UNF has admitted the smartest and largest incoming freshman class in the University’s history. [Read more…] about UNF Admits Smartest/Largest Freshman Class in University’s History
Drugs, Alcohol & Mental Health Task Force: The Board will continue its focus on student safety and well-being, hearing updates on the implementation of various Board initiatives to address student mental health and substance abuse issues. Additionally the Board will hear presentations about the strategies the universities have enacted to address mental health concerns and about best practices regarding education, prevention, and treatment relative to student drug and alcohol use. [Read more…] about Items to watch for the upcoming Board of Governors’ meeting
The eleventh annual State of the River Report, an analysis of the health of the Lower St. Johns River Basin, reveals several areas of improvement, some the first time in years, but shows trends that some indicators have worsened, suggesting that continued monitoring and research of the river are needed. [Read more…] about St. Johns River’s Dissolved Oxygen Levels Show Improvement for First Time in Years
Following the release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings showing the University of Florida ranking 8th in the nation among public universities, Governor Rick Scott today made the following statement.
Governor Scott said, “When I took office, the University of Florida ranked 17th among public universities in the nation, and I challenged them in 2014 to become a top-10 university. For the second year in a row, UF has surpassed that goal. The hard work of our students, faculty and university leadership statewide has led to many of Florida’s universities making incredible gains in national rankings. I’m proud that this past legislative session we secured a historic $2.5 billion for the university system and that we’ve been able to hold the line on tuition for the last five years – a tremendous accomplishment that has kept higher education affordable in Florida. I look forward to seeing this momentum continue.”
U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Public Universities:
- University of Florida – 8th, up from 9th last year;
- Florida State University – 26th, up from 33rd last year;
- University of South Florida – 58th, up from 68th last year;
- University of Central Florida – 87th, up from 90th last year; and
- Florida International University – 100th, up from 122nd last year.
For the eighth consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report has named the University of North Florida a “Best Regional” university in its 2019 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes data from more than 1,800 colleges and universities nationwide.
As a regional best, UNF ranked No. 42, up six spots from last year, and landed No. 14 as a “Top Public School” for 2019, up four places over last year’s ranking. The University also ranked No. 29 in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list and No. 58 as a “Best Value” school. All rankings are among regional universities in the South.
“I take great pride in being able to lead a university that is of the caliber of the University of North Florida,” said UNF President David Szymanski. “The University is showing up in nearly every national college ranking, putting UNF at the top of some very impressive lists. These accolades are a true testament to our outstanding faculty and staff as well as the talents of our phenomenal students.”
The institutions selected as a U.S. News & World Report “Best Regional” university provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs and offer various doctoral programs. The universities in this category aren’t ranked nationally but rather against their peer group in one of four geographic regions—North, South, Midwest and West.
The 2019 “Best Colleges” rankings feature the established rankings of the Best National Universities and Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, while also including the Best Regional Universities, Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Value Schools, among many others.
The rankings are based on key measures of quality such as academic reputation; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources (including class size, the percentage of faculty with the top academic degree, student-faculty ratio); student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving. For more information about the rankings, visit colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.
This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2019 College Rankings, Forbes 2018 Best Value College, U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Online Programs,” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s “Best College Value of 2018,” 2018 “Best in the Southeast” by Princeton Review, 2018 “Best Regional” University by U.S. News & World Report, 2018 “Best Colleges” by College Factual, to name a few.
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