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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 2019 Legislative Priorities


FGCU's Approved 2018 Legislative Priorities

  • Pathway to Student Success - $13,766,000

  • Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies, AB9 - PECO (Public Education Capital Outlay) $10 million

  • Restoration of recurring funding for FGCU’s Academic and Career Attainment Initiative - $500,000


FGCU’s 2018 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:                             $52.3 M

Appropriated  2016-17                           $3.8 M

  •  Planning and Design

Appropriated  2017-18

Special Session A                                    $12.7 M

  •  Construction

Requested      2018-19                            $32.9M Total Project

  • Construction                                           



Funding will allow FGCU to:

  • Increase 4-year graduation and retention rates

  • Implement Enrollment Management System

  • Expand Honors College and related programs (Health Sciences) to attract high achieving students and National Merit Scholar participants and reduce the student transfer-out rate

  • FGCU has launched degrees in three programs that meet regional and state talent gap demands. Programs in Supply Chain Management, Informatics, and Construction Management have received non-recurring funds, but recurring funds are needed in order to provide continuing and stable funding, including for faculty and staff.

  • Provide incentive based scholarships to reduce the cost to students

  • Provide necessary technology, both academic and infrastructure based

  • Hire faculty to improve student progression, retention and graduation rates