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On Sept. 16, 2016, the UCF community was introduced to IGNITE: The Campaign for the University of Central Florida. View the Picture Perfect Launch
"Ideas ignite here — Led by students, nurtured by faculty and powered by philanthropy. Together, we REIMAGINE the future."
— UCF President John C. Hitt
By leveraging the remarkable power of scale, UCF is challenging long-held assumptions about the role and scope of American universities. And with a strategic infusion of philanthropic support, we are poised to emerge as a new model for public higher education in the 21st century, a university uniquely suited to meet the challenges and pursue the opportunities of a rapidly changing world.
This campaign belongs to all of us, as alumni and friends of this great university. We ask that you please visit igniteucf.org to learn more about the IGNITE campaign and its priorities, and that you consider joining this historic effort to IGNITE the future with a gift of your own.
IGNITE CAMPAIGN PRIORITIES:
Student Success Our first concern is with making the university accessible and affordable to as many deserving students as possible and then ensuring their academic progress, personal development, and career readiness. As part of IGNITE, we seek $200 million in philanthropic commitments to support scholarships, programs, and initiatives that directly benefit both current and future Knights by advancing five key goals:
- Expand access by meeting students where they are, based on who they are. Innovative new pathways to and through higher education broaden opportunity without diluting quality.
- Fund student scholarships to negate socio-economic background as a predictor of graduation. No promising student should ever fail to graduate because he or she runs out of money.
- Attract the best and brightest students by offering incentives like prestigious scholarships. When academic superstars come to UCF, their peers, the university, and the region benefit.
- Enrich the university experience through expanded campus programming, service learning opportunities and study abroad. Some of the most valuable learning takes place outside the classroom.
- Prepare students for rewarding careers by bolstering experiential learning opportunities and expanding career readiness programs. A UCF degree is not an end in itself; it is only the beginning.
Academic Excellence We are committed to fueling the academic enterprise by building a world-class faculty and providing them — and their students — the resources they need to reach their full potential. To that end, IGNITE seeks $200 million in philanthropic support for endowments, research funding, technology and facilities improvements that will fuel the academic enterprise at UCF in four fundamental ways:
- Recruit and retain top teacher-scholars through prestigious endowed chairs, professorships and deanships that serve as magnets for world-class faculty.
- Pursue breakthrough research in disciplines ranging from cancer treatment to hospitality management and optical networks to public administration.
- Advance interdisciplinary solutions to pressing issues and challenges through innovative approaches like the Faculty Cluster Initiative.
- Enhance teaching and learning by investing in next-generation technologies, facilities and equipment.
Growth and Opportunity
Growth and Opportunity UCF Downtown is just the latest and largest in a long history of UCF-led partnerships with public impact, from health care and veterans’ services to coastal conservation. We seek $100 million in support for initiatives that serve not only the needs of the university but also the Central Florida community:
- Expand UCF’s presence in downtown Orlando, where approximately 7,700 UCF students will pursue degree programs that align with emerging downtown industries.
- Develop innovative solutions for health care needs by engaging in interdisciplinary endeavors in medicine, nursing, bioengineering and more.
- Contribute to a healthier environment for the people, plants and animals that share Florida’s unique ecosystem.
- Experience and transform lives worldwide through initiatives led by UCF’s new Division of International Affairs and Global Strategies.
- Learn more about the IGNITE campaign priorities in the case statement. | View/print now.
- View the IGNITE campaign video