State Priorities

2018 State Legislative Priorities

Facilities Funding

Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) is traditionally the primary source of funding for Florida's educational facilities and infrastructure. FIU’s PECO and General Revenue requests are as follows:


Engineering Building (Phase I & II)

The new Engineering building will be located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus to facilitate and enhance ongoing and future collaborations between the College of Engineering and Computing and the Academic Health Center which include the colleges of medicine, nursing, and public health and social work. Many of the most significant breakthroughs in health sciences will increasingly be at the intersection of the disciplines in engineering and computer science.

The facility will house classrooms, instructional and research laboratories and collaboration spaces for approximately 75 faculty and 1,400 engineering majors. The building will be designed for active learning, through innovative classrooms and teaching laboratories. Thus facility will allow FIU to continue to innovate and expand its successful STEM education program.


Science Laboratory Complex

The Science Laboratory Complex will expand science programs at FIU, and provide new needed science specific classrooms, teaching laboratories and offices. This facility will provide critically needed classrooms, laboratories, and offices to address the existing shortfall needed to meet the educational and research needs of the University.


FIU University-Industry Research & Development Lab

University-Industry Research & Development Lab will foster partnerships with the private sector focusing on rapid adaptation of university inventions and technology into the private sector, as well as applying university developed technological solutions to needs expressed by industry. Collaborations will involve equal investment of resources from FIU and industry, for support in technology transfer. Specific initiatives and programs of University-Industry Research & Development Lab will include:

  • Support partnerships between FIU inventors/innovators and industry partners focused on incorporation of technological innovations into industry needs.
  • Create programs from one month to 18 month duration focusing on the adaptation of university innovation and inventions into the commercial sector of industry partners.
  • Provide seed funding for matching investments by industry for collaboration between FIU faculty and students with industry to address specific R&D needs of industry.
  • Establish micro credentials and specialized trainings for students that responds to specific industry needs.
  • Support staffing, including a director, to manage the program.
  • Create and deliver regular workshops focusing on enhancing university-industry partnerships, and greater connection between the technology transfer process, and other entrepreneurial programming and supporting FIU students, faculty and staff in the commercialization space.
  • Identify, coordinate and connect FIU entrepreneurial activities to develop synergies, provide economies of scale, organizational support and visibility to the external private sector audience.
  • Provide hands on training to FIU students in real-world situations, which will close the gap between college education and career readiness.
  • Prepare students to enter high-wage careers post-graduation. 


FIU Targeted STEM Initiative

FIU’s Targeted Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiatives will transform and reengineer STEM programs and courses to optimize the retention, graduation, marketability, and career creation and placement of engineering and computer science students—thereby launching a new engineering paradigm.

The Initiative will 1) integrate best program-of-study practices into the first-year engineering and computer science programs; 2) deploy state of the art evidence-based instruction and advanced classroom assessment throughout critical STEM courses for all engineering and computer science majors; and 3) establish an Engineering Education Research Department to propagate best practices, assess initiative practices, and provide critical feedback to the institutional and State stakeholders to facilitate greater efficiencies through shared system resources.

Specific objectives include:

  • Revitalize the first-year engineering and computer science experiences
  • Transform introductory science and mathematics courses and target re-engineering of the Calculus sequence
  • Institute LA Commons Hubs
  • Establish Engineering Education Research Department

Plant Operation & Maintenance (PO&M)

Plant Operations and Maintenance funding is a SUS priority totaling $17.5 million ($1 million for FIU). The requested funds will cover building operating costs such as utilities, janitorial services, grounds, preventative maintenance of critical building systems (HVAC, fire alarms and sprinklers, and elevators) and general maintenance and repairs of new facilities that opened for use during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 fiscal years as well as facilities coming online for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

For 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, the SUS did not receive incremental state support for completed facilities. As a result, the backlog of facility maintenance needs have increased tremendously. It is highly anticipated that existing and new campus facilities throughout the system will continue to deteriorate without adequate recurring state support.