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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Edwards Hall 213
Fort Myers, FL. 33965

Phone: (239) 590-7410

FGCU's Legislative Priorities

Please check back in November for FGCU’s 2020 Legislative Priorities


 FGCU’s Approved 2019 Legislative Priorities 

  • Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies, AB9 - $9 million (PECO - Public Education Capitol Outlay)

  • FGCU Operational Funding/Student Success - $10 million


FGCU’s 2019 Legislative Priorities            


  • These funds will complete the construction phase of the Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies (AB9). 
  • This new academic building will address the current deficit of laboratory and classroom space on campus verified by the FGCU 2012-2013 Educational Plant Survey, dated March 2013, and the Educational Plant Survey approved by the State University System on January 2014.
  • By addressing this current deficit, FGCU will provide additional class offerings in areas of strategic emphasis (STEM), which will improve our retention and four-year graduation rates and provide an added incentive to attract high achieving and academically talented students.  

Total project budget:                        $56 M

Appropriated  2016-17                       $3.8 M

  • Planning and Design

Appropriated  2017-18                                                        

(Special Session A)                           $12.7 M

  • Construction

Appropriated  2018-19                      $14 M

  • Construction

Requested      2019-20                      $25.5 M Total Project

  • Remaining PECO 


FGCU OPERATIONAL FUNDING/STUDENT SUCCESS - $12,385,000 (Recurring Operational Funding)

Funding will allow FGCU to:

  • Continue progress in 4-year graduation and retention rates that is responsive to the
    “Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act”;
  • Continue implementation of Student Success and Enrollment Management
    • expanded on campus student programs and service learning program
    • improve intrusive advising;
  • Invest in incentive based scholarships and work study programs to attract and graduate high-achieving students in four years who are prepared to enter the workforce;
  • Develop a depth of library resources;
  • Offer programs to support our region’s business community with high-wage employment opportunities;
  • Deliver and foster growth in entrepreneurship programs
    • adult degree completion program
    • graduate certificate program; 
  • Advance FGCU’s Water Resource Management Program;
  • Expand undergraduate and doctorate nursing programs;
  • Invest in innovative Public/Private Educational Partnerships, including a PreK-12 Lab School; and
  • Maintain plant operations and modernize the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System for efficiency.