Final Commission Reports

The final commission reports can be viewed by clicking on the links below prior to each question.

Question 1. What are the major drivers of change, now and in the foreseeable future, in the delivery of educational services, and how will they likely impact FIU and our predominantly minority and non-traditional (working) students who have been shown to have a greater need for high-touch educational experiences? Becoming more student centered, improving teaching, expanding evidence-based learning, LA program, flipped classrooms, etc.

Question 2. What are the major drivers of change in the assessment of learning (i.e., prior learning and competency-based assessment) at the university level, and how will they impact FIU? For instance, the recently passed HB7029 requires the Board of Governors to develop rules to enable students to obtain university credit for online courses, including MOOCs, taken before they enroll in a SUS institution.

Question 3. How will new modalities of education impact the six-year graduation rate of our first-time-in-college students, the primary performance funding indicator used by the Board of Governors?

Question 4. The American public research university is built upon instructional revenues providing the salary support for faculty to pursue their research. How can the research university survive if the focus is on providing validation of individual learning in ways that are “less expensive than ever before”? Increasing research & PhD production

Question 5. What alternative scenarios of institutional change should we consider, and what are the pros and cons as well as the costs of the initiatives proposed? e.g. Smaller and more focused could improve our national rankings but reduce our local impact Being a leader in sustainability; Improving athletics

Question 6. How can faculty, staff, students, and the community be thoroughly engaged with changes that are proposed? e.g. continuous use of social media and open forums with live polls for suggestions and feedback. Becoming more community engaged; maintaining a life-long relationship with graduates

Question 7. How will FIU respond to, and benefit from, the changes in the global educational market? Expanding overseas educational activities

Question 8. How do we balance the pressure to deliver inexpensive degrees with the need to maintain a high quality product that represents excellent value to our students and maintains FIU’s trusted brand status? Expanding access to online and hybrid classes and programs; Improving graduation rates

Question 9. How can we best harness the innate entrepreneurial spirit of our students, staff, faculty, and alumni? Business rep? Expanding and diversifying income streams.

Question 10. How can we get maximum benefit from FIU’s growing health related initiatives that include building on existing FIU expertise and demonstrating value to our university, South Florida, and global constituencies?