Vision, Mission & Strategic Goals

Vision Statement

The College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida aims to become nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in education and research in each of its disciplines, for contributing to the economic and intellectual growth of the region and state, and for educating students who are committed to excellence, leadership, service, and lifelong learning.

Mission Statement

The College of Sciences provides students the foundations needed for critical thinking as well as career and life success. Through research and discovery, the college expands knowledge in communication and the physical, biological, social, behavioral, and computational sciences.  We seek to conduct research that matters, and to prepare students  to be thoughtful, ethical, and engaged members of society locally, nationally, and worldwide.

Strategic Goals

  1. Focus on student learning: innovation, experimentation, and evaluation  
    • Increase the use of existing pedagogical research.
    • Increase curricular innovation, assessment of learning, and formal SOTL research.
    • Increase externally funded SOTL research particularly in STEM fields.
    • Improve curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g. internships, research) to foster student career and life success.
    • Use incentive funding and modify evaluation standards to support the above.
  2. Pursue research that is important for scientific understanding and for the common good.  
    • Value research that is important for scientific understanding and for the common good, both within and across disciplines.
    • Use cluster hires to build on strengths, form multidisciplinary partnerships, and build national programs.
    • Use seed grant programs and faculty training programs to boost external funding efforts.
    • Improve staff support for external funding, particularly at the proposal stage.
    • Seek and foster research partnerships across the university and community.
    • Adjust evaluation standards to value important research, both disciplinary and multidisciplinary.
  3. Shape nationally competitive PhD programs and professionally useful master’s programs.
    • Develop PhD programs in Data Analytics, Anthropology, and Strategic Communication.
    • Identify concrete steps to improve the competitiveness of graduates in each program.
    • Improve professional development of graduates for academic and non-academic careers.
    • Improve recruitment efforts for top graduate students.
    • Strengthen or develop master’s, certificate, or corporate education programs that align with  areas of regional need.
  4. Increase fundraising – both annual giving and major gifts.  
    • Increase funds raised, both in the annual fund and endowments.
    • Strengthen the fundraising, alumni relations, and communication team.
    • Develop philanthropic campaigns for identified priorities.
    • Strengthen each department’s ties to its alumni.
  5. Foster internationalization efforts in appropriate departments.
  6. Improve faculty member’s long-term career success and satisfaction.  
    • Foster a culture of consultation, collaboration, and support.
    • Improve mentoring of tenure-earning, mid-career tenured, and NTE faculty.
    • Foster a culture that values a diverse community of scholars.
  7. Foster outreach, recruitment, and retention in the natural sciences, particularly of underrepresented groups.  
    • Increase outreach and recruitment in collaboration with CECS.
    • Add ‘liberal arts’ concentrations for STEM students not planning on graduate school.
    • Increase COS role in the training and retraining of K-12 science and math teachers.
    • Foster a culture that values a diverse community of students.

Check out the Strategic Goals for the University of Central Florida