Florida Senate - 2018                            (NP)    SR 1908
       By Senator Montford
       3-02008-18                                            20181908__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing February 6, 2018, as “FSU
    3         Day” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, founded in 1851, the Tallahassee campus of Florida
    6  State University (FSU) is the oldest continuous site of higher
    7  education in Florida, and
    8         WHEREAS, FSU is proud to be recognized as a preeminent
    9  university by the State of Florida, and as a leader in
   10  education, research, student retention, and graduation, and is a
   11  nationally recognized institution, with many of its colleges and
   12  programs ranked within the top 10 in the nation, and
   13         WHEREAS, in 2017, FSU jumped to No. 33 among national
   14  public universities in the U.S. News and World Report rankings
   15  after moving up five places for the second consecutive year, and
   16         WHEREAS, for the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News and
   17  World Report also recognized FSU as the second most efficient
   18  university in the nation, based on its ability to manage its
   19  financial resources while also producing a top-quality education
   20  experience, and
   21         WHEREAS, FSU offers graduate, undergraduate, doctoral, and
   22  professional degrees in 301 programs within 18 independent
   23  colleges and schools, taught by a faculty of 2,360 members,
   24  which has included National Academy of Sciences members and six
   25  Nobel Laureates, and
   26         WHEREAS, FSU is more popular than ever among prospective
   27  first-time college students, as a record-breaking 42,325
   28  applications were received for admission to the 2017 summer and
   29  fall semesters, a 16 percent jump over last year’s total, which
   30  resulted in one of the university’s largest freshmen classes
   31  ever, composed of about 6,500 students, and
   32         WHEREAS, FSU has the most academically accomplished
   33  freshman classes in school history, which are at the forefront
   34  of the institution’s exemplary accomplishments for the 2017-2018
   35  academic year, with an average freshman GPA of 4.1 and a median
   36  freshman SAT score of 1,289, and
   37         WHEREAS, FSU has a four-year graduation rate of 65 percent,
   38  placing it in the top 20 among the nation’s public research
   39  institutions, and
   40         WHEREAS, veteran-empowering programs and their heritage at
   41  FSU have made it a national beacon of veteran support and
   42  success, and the welcoming campus culture at the university
   43  facilitates veterans’ integration into the general student
   44  population, and
   45         WHEREAS, current and former members of the United States
   46  Armed Forces are graduating from FSU at a rate nearly twice the
   47  national average, and
   48         WHEREAS, FSU student veterans and veteran alumni have
   49  assumed leadership positions during their time on campus and in
   50  their careers, and
   51         WHEREAS, in 2017, the FSU College of Medicine achieved more
   52  than $100 million in funded research for the first time,
   53  contributing to a statewide economic impact measured at more
   54  than $100 million, and
   55         WHEREAS, more than 300 College of Medicine alumni
   56  physicians are now practicing in Florida, with many of them
   57  practicing in medically underserved communities that previously
   58  struggled to recruit new doctors, and
   59         WHEREAS, the FSU college experience continues to enrich the
   60  lives of students building upon the university’s longstanding
   61  tradition of promoting racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity
   62  and its aggressive recruitment of diverse groups of students,
   65  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   67         That February 6, 2018, is recognized as “FSU Day” in
   68  Florida.
   69         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   70  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to FSU President
   71  John Thrasher as a tangible token of the sentiments of the
   72  Florida Senate as it recognizes Florida State University’s
   73  contribution as an outstanding institution of higher education.