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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

General Information

FAU Vision, Mission and Values
History and Characteristics

Locations and Degree Programs
Boca Raton Location
FAU Boca Raton Degree Programs
Broward County Locations
FAU Davie Degree Programs
FAU Fort Lauderdale Degree Programs

Jupiter and Treasure Coast Locations
FAU Jupiter Degree Programs
FAU Harbor Branch
Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

Resources
Academic Common Market
Directory

Distance Learning at FAU
Endowments and Awards
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs
FAU Foundation
FAU National Alumni Association
Instructional Resources
Quality Enhancement Plan
Undergraduate Research
University Libraries

Vision Statement

Florida Atlantic University aspires to be recognized as a university of first choice for excellent and accessible undergraduate and graduate education, distinguished for the quality of its programs across multiple campuses, emulated for its collaborations with regional partners and internationally acclaimed for its contributions to creativity and research.

Mission Statement
Florida Atlantic University is a public research university with multiple campuses along the southeast Florida coast serving a uniquely diverse community. It promotes academic and personal development, discovery and lifelong learning. FAU fulfills its mission through excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement and distinctive scientific and cultural alliances, all within an environment that fosters inclusiveness.

FAU Values
Florida Atlantic University values an academic environment that facilitates intellectual growth through open and honest expression. The University is committed to excellence at all levels of the educational and creative experience, to success for all students and to development of the capacity to make reasoned and discriminating judgments with respect for differences and diversity in ideas. The University values lifelong learning because it encourages the continual use of the mind. The University values the vital role it plays in the life of the surrounding community, in society and as an engine for economic development. More specifically, the University is committed to:

• Preparing students to fulfill productive destinies in the workplace and in society;

• Promoting academic freedom and an atmosphere of free and open inquiry;

• Recognizing and rewarding superior performance, innovation and creativity in all facets of University activity;

• Supporting all those who rely on the University, such as families, employers of students and graduates and community partners;

• Accounting for the sound use and careful stewardship of its resources, ensuring responsibility for its mission;

• Providing equal access and equal rights and justice for all persons and encouraging mutual regard for the rights and liberties of all persons;

• Respecting all persons and displaying civility in all interactions;

• Providing a secure environment for the pursuit of learning;

• Fostering community service and social responsibility;

• Promoting honesty in all spheres, social and moral development and ethical standards in all areas of human activity; and

• Assuring clear and open communication and sharing of information.

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History and Characteristics

Florida Atlantic University was established by the Florida State Legislature in 1961 as the fifth university in the state system. When it originally opened in 1964, FAU was one of the few universities in the country to offer only upper-division and graduate-level work. This model was based on the theory that freshmen and sophomores would be served by the community/state college system. Twenty years later, the University responded to South Florida's population growth and the need to provide increased access to higher education by admitting its first freshman class in 1984.

Today, with its developed system of distributed campuses and sites, where the same high-quality education is offered throughout a six-county service region, Florida Atlantic University serves as a model for urban, regional universities of the future. It offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, enrolls more than 30,000 students who reflect the rich cultural diversity of the region and generates an annual economic impact that exceeds $6.3 billion.

Florida Atlantic University's colleges are the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. These colleges offer more than 180 degree programs—89 bachelor's, 72 master's, 3 specialist's and 22 doctoral degrees.

In spring 2011, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to offer an independent medical education program that welcomed its charter class in fall 2011. Provisional accreditation—the next step in the accreditation process—was granted in spring 2013. The College has developed an innovative curriculum, which features early and continuous community-based clinical experiences and problem-based learning with emphasis on small-group and self-directed learning. World-class faculty in the College provide a student-centered and patient-focused approach that includes clinical experiences with local physicians, health departments and hospitals, and a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Center. A key component of the innovative curriculum is early exposure to patients and the actual practice of medicine. To that end, the College has established relationships with several prominent area hospitals that serve as sites for clerkships, hospital-based electives and residencies. FAU has also partnered with Scripps Florida to offer a dual Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (M.D./Ph.D.) degree, with the medical degree conferred by FAU and the doctorate conferred by The Scripps Research Institute’s Kellogg School of Science and Technology.

Opened in 1999, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College provides a unique and challenging four-year curriculum for the brightest students from Florida and beyond. In addition, the University is home to a wide-ranging continuing education program and one of the largest and most successful lifelong learning programs in the nation.

The University's campus locations are situated along the Florida Gold and Treasure coasts, which boast a temperate climate and beautiful beaches, innovative industry and unique cultural opportunities. University locations provide a stimulating environment for FAU's outstanding scholars and researchers. FAU has Eminent Scholar Chairs in many academic disciplines, and it is the home of nationally recognized research centers. The University's burgeoning research park is facilitating exciting new research and learning initiatives by bringing high-tech industries into close collaboration with faculty and students. In recognition of the University's research funding and doctoral programs, the Division of Colleges and Universities of the Florida Board of Education has designated FAU as a research university. Additionally, FAU has been classified as a "Research University - High Research Activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Florida Atlantic University is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Boca Raton Location

Florida Atlantic University was founded in 1964 in Boca Raton on an 850-acre site located near the Atlantic Ocean. The campus is conveniently situated halfway between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and offers a broad range of academic programs, activities and services.

FAU Boca Raton provides an exciting and supportive learning environment for students. The Student Union is the center for student involvement, hosting student organizations that include fraternities and sororities, student media and student government. Students, faculty, staff and members of the greater community enjoy performances ranging from comedians to opera in the 2,400-seat Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium in the Student Union. The campus supports a variety of popular dining options and has an attractive array of accommodations for residential students. It is also the home of FAU's aquatic center, arena, stadiums, tennis courts, track and a variety of fields for club and intramural sports competition.

The five-story S.E. Wimberly Library houses approximately 3.6 million items, including print and online books, periodicals, government documents, microforms, maps, media and other materials. The Library also provides an exceptional offering of electronic resources, including access to more than 500 databases. Computer labs, study lounges, a media center and tutoring services provide valuable academic support for students.

The Boca Raton campus hosts art exhibits, theatre productions and concerts in its galleries and theatres. Visiting performers and speakers add to the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the campus. The Research Park, situated on the north side of campus, provides students with internship, research and other opportunities linked to the high-tech industries that are located there.


Several major new campus facilities have opened in recent years. The College of Engineering and Computer Science moved into a state-of-the-art "green" headquarters facility in fall 2011. At the same time, the Living Room Theaters made its debut. This all-digital movie complex shows foreign, classic and independent films in the evening and on weekends while serving students in FAU’s film study program on weekdays. Also new are the 77,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center, which offers free memberships to students, and the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, a "home away from home" for FAU's ever-growing alumni population and a popular gathering place for a variety of University celebrations. Among the most exciting additions to campus are the 30,000-seat football stadium and adjacent Innovation Village Apartments, providing top-quality living accommodations to more than 1,200 students. Campus expansion continues with the scheduled fall 2013 opening of a 614-bed freshman residence hall. It will be FAU’s first student-housing facility to have a faculty member in residence.

FAU High School
FAU High School is an intensive dual enrollment public high school on the Boca Raton campus. Instead of attending class in traditional high school buildings, students take college-level courses in the environment of university classrooms, laboratories and support facilities. This highly selective program offers high school students (grades 9-12) the opportunity to earn high school credits and university course credits at the same time at no cost to parents or guardians. All costs related to university tuition, fees (except parking) and even books are covered by FAU High School.

Alexander D. Henderson University School

The Boca Raton campus is also home to the Alexander D. Henderson University School, a public laboratory school that was established in 1968. The school provides an exemplary educational program for students enrolled in grades K-8 while conducting ongoing educational research and curriculum development to benefit other public schools. It serves as a site for student field experiences and provides an excellent opportunity for teacher trainees to work with highly qualified master teachers in a model school environment.

Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development
A model educational environment is available for preschool-aged children at the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development. See the Student Services and Activities section of this catalog for more information about the Slattery Center.

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FAU Boca Raton Degree Programs

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Undergraduate:
Anthropology
Art
Communication Studies
English
French
History
Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science
Jewish Studies
Linguistics
Multimedia Studies
Music
Philosophy
Political Science
Sociology

Spanish
Theatre

Graduate:
Anthropology
Art
Communication
Comparative Studies
Creative Writing
English
French
History
Linguistics
Music
Political Science
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
Women's Studies

The College of Business
Undergraduate:
Accounting
Economics
Finance
Health Administration
Hospitality Management
International Business
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing

Graduate:
Accounting
Business Administration
Economics
Finance
Health Administration
International Business
Music Business Administration
Sport Management
Taxation

The College for Design and Social Inquiry
Undergraduate:

Criminal Justice
Public Management
Social Work

Graduate:
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Nonprofit Management
Public Administration
Social Work
Urban and Regional Planning

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The College of Education
Undergraduate:
Early Care and Education
Elementary Education
Exceptional Student Education
Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Secondary Education:
Art (K-12)*
English Education (6-12)
French (K-12)*
Mathematics Education (6-12)
Music Education (K-12)
Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Physics: 6-12)
Social Science Education (6-12)
Spanish (K-12)*

* Certification program only.

Graduate:
Counselor Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education
Environmental Education
Exceptional Student Education
Exercise Science and Health Promotion
Reading Education
Social Foundations of Education
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology

The College of Engineering and Computer Science
Undergraduate/Graduate:
Bioengineering (graduate only)
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Geomatics Engineering (undergraduate only)
Mechanical Engineering
Ocean Engineering

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Graduate:
Biomedical Science
Integrative Biology
Medicine

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Undergraduate/Graduate:
Nursing

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Undergraduate:
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Geography
Geology
Mathematics
Medical Physics
Neuroscience and Behavior
Physics
Psychology

Graduate:
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geography
Geology
Integrative Biology
Mathematics
Physics
Psychology

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Broward County Locations

FAU has been designated by the State Legislature as the lead public institution of higher education in Broward County. FAU's three Broward locations support the overall mission of the University by providing access to high-quality, complete undergraduate and graduate degree programs to residents of Broward County and the region. Each of the Broward sites—Dania Beach, Davie and Fort Lauderdale—has a special focus.

FAU Dania Beach and the SeaTech Research Institute
Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Dania Beach, this research center provides expanded opportunities for the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering. Graduate students benefit greatly from carrying out research and design projects directly in an ocean environment.

FAU Davie
Working in close partnership with Broward College (BC) and other educational institutions, the Davie campus creates a supportive learning environment with particular sensitivity to students of non-traditional ages and culturally diverse backgrounds. A high priority is placed on offering the complete upper-division portion of high demand undergraduate degree programs. Graduate programs in education, business and nursing are available on the Davie campus as well.

The campus is located on BC's central campus. Students may enter BC as freshmen and graduate from FAU with undergraduate degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

More than 335,000 square feet of carefully designed classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and faculty, staff and student offices are located on this campus, along with the shared-use, 112,000-square-foot FAU/BC library designed for the 21st century. Other support facilities include a shared Childcare Center, a student Wellness Center and a multiservice Student Union.

FAU Fort Lauderdale
The Fort Lauderdale teaching center is home to the upper-division courses in the accredited professional degree Bachelor of Architecture program. Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the FAU/Broward College Higher Education Complex supports research and outreach appropriate to a high-density population center. An adjacent main branch of the Broward County Library serves the students and faculty.

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FAU Davie Degree Programs

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Undergraduate:
Communication Studies
English
Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science
Multimedia Studies: Film Video and New Media
Political Science
Sociology
Visual Art and Art History: Graphic Design

Graduate:
Visual Art and Art History: Graphic Design

The College of Business
Undergraduate:
Accounting
Finance
Management
Marketing

Graduate:
Business Management

The College for Design and Social Inquiry
Undergraduate:
Criminal Justice
Public Management
Public Safety Administration
Social Work

Graduate:
Public Administration

The College of Education
Undergraduate:
Elementary Education
Exceptional Student Education

Graduate:
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership
Reading Education

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Undergraduate:
Nursing RN to B.S.N.

Graduate:
Nursing M.S.N.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Undergraduate:
Biological Sciences
Psychology

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FAU Fort Lauderdale Degree Programs

The College of Business
Graduate:
Executive Forensic Accounting
Executive Taxation

The College for Design and Social Inquiry

Undergraduate:

Architecture

For information about FAU Broward campuses, call the administrative offices at 954-236-1000.

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Jupiter and Treasure Coast Locations

The northern locations of Florida Atlantic University—FAU Jupiter and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute—provide the resources of a great state university to the people of northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Articulation agreements with Palm Beach State College and Indian River State College ensure compatibility of degree requirements. Students with Associate of Arts degrees from these state colleges, or any public community or state college in Florida, are guaranteed admission to FAU.

Pine Jog Environmental Education Center
Pine Jog is a unit of FAU's College of Education. Pine Jog currently administers two locations, the original location at Summit Boulevard and Jog Road in West Palm Beach, where 135 acres of natural Florida habitat are preserved in a highly urbanized section of central Palm Beach County; and the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, which was acquired from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in March 2004. The residential youth camp consists of 252 acres within the 60,228-acre J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. It has a residential capacity of 175.

Pine Jog has enjoyed a strong relationship with the School District of Palm Beach County, dating back to 1962. Recently, a new 15,000-square-foot facility was built at the education center to complement the equally new Pine Jog Elementary School, which was designed with an environmental and science focus. Both facilities are built to standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council, and the partners collaborate on curriculum, teacher training and creating a culture of sustainability. Visit www.pinejog.fau.edu for more information.

Palm Pointe K-8 Educational Research School
Palm Pointe is a public K-8 charter laboratory school in St. Lucie County operated by the St. Lucie County School District in partnership with FAU. The student body is selected through a lottery system and mirrors the State of Florida's diversity of race, gender and socioeconomic levels. Curriculum and instruction are linked to FAU faculty and researchers providing students a novel learning environment and experience.

FAU Jupiter - John D. MacArthur Campus
Named for the late philanthropist, the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter is part of a 2,300-acre, mixed-use planned community called Abacoa. Situated off Donald Ross Road, east of I-95, Abacoa incorporates business and residential development. The John D. MacArthur campus is also known as the Jupiter campus.

This campus is the permanent site for FAU's northern Palm Beach County operations and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. The campus currently occupies approximately 45 acres and includes 18 buildings, totaling more than 333,000 square feet. Facilities include eight classroom/office buildings, two scientific research buildings, a library, a 500-seat auditorium, two residence halls, a dining hall, a museum building and a central utility plant. Recreational facilities include a soccer field, a swimming pool, and tennis, disc golf, volleyball and basketball courts.

Scripps Florida's 350,000-square-foot, three-building complex is located on the eastern end of the campus. The campus is also home to the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, which is the Max Planck Society's 80th institute worldwide and its first in the United States.

The Jupiter campus provides a complete range of student services, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Health and Wellness, Career Development and Counseling. Additionally, students have easy access to services provided by the campus offices for Registration and Records and Academic Advising.

The campus allows FAU to further expand the number of course and program offerings in arts and letters, education, science and urban and public affairs. A list of Jupiter campus degree programs follows. To meet the needs of students who often have competing career and family demands, FAU has morning, afternoon and evening classes available each semester. For more information about the Jupiter campus, call 561-799-8500.

In addition to offering college credit courses, the Jupiter campus is a site of Lifelong Learning Society classes for adults who wish to enhance their career skills, pursue individual interests or simply learn something new. For information about Lifelong Learning Society classes, call 561-799-8547.


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Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University is the first public honors institution in the United States to be built from the ground up. It is a four-year, residential college located on the Jupiter campus.

Admission criteria are highly selective. The Honors College looks for students whose scholastic performance and abilities demonstrate an active approach to learning and the potential for academic growth.

The Honors College, with its attractive student/faculty ratio of approximately 10:1, provides an environment for the highest-quality liberal arts education. Tutorials, one-on-one learning, small classes and affordable state tuition distinguish the Honors College at FAU from typical honors programs. The integration of this specially designed campus into the Abacoa community offers an ideal setting for both informal and formal education—an educational opportunity usually found only at small private colleges.

All concentrations at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students choose areas of concentration from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. While completing this degree, students actively participate in designing their individual educational programs. They also acquire the valuable lifelong skill of learning independently.

FAU Jupiter Degree Programs

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Undergraduate:
English
History
Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science
Multimedia Journalism
Political Science
Women's Studies (certificate)

The College for Design and Social Inquiry
Undergraduate:

Criminal Justice
Public Management
Social Work

Graduate:
Public Administration

The College of Education
Undergraduate:
Elementary Education
Exceptional Student Education*

Graduate:
Curriculum and Instruction*
Educational Leadership
Exceptional Student Education
Reading Education

* Most courses available on the Jupiter campus.

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College**
Undergraduate:
Liberal Arts and Sciences

** See the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College section of this catalog for a detailed list of concentrations and minors available to Honors College students.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Undergraduate:
Psychology

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FAU Harbor Branch

FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), located in northern St. Lucie County, is a state-of-the-art research facility that provides an ideal setting for marine science research and teaching. HBOI is dedicated to exploring the world's oceans, integrating the science and technology of the sea with the needs of humankind. HBOI is involved in research and education in biological, chemical, environmental and marine sciences; marine biomedical sciences; marine mammal conservation; and aquaculture and ocean engineering. For information, call 772-242-2400.

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market is an interstate agreement among Southern states for sharing academic programs at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The following participating states are able to make arrangements for their certified residents who qualify for admission to enroll in specific programs in other states on an in-state tuition basis. For information, call the Graduate College at 561-297-3624.

Alabama Louisiana Tennessee
Arkansas Maryland Texas*
Florida* Mississippi Virginia
Georgia Oklahoma West Virginia
Kentucky South Carolina  

* Graduate level only

Directory

Current information may be obtained by calling the following sources on the Boca Raton campus. For specific departments on FAU’s partner campuses, visit www.fau.edu/explore/campuses.php.

General Inquiries, Campus Operator 561-297-3000
Academic Advising, Student Academic Services:
Freshman Academic Advising
Arts and Letters
Business Undergraduate, Graduate
Design and Social Inquiry
Education
Engineering and Computer Science
Honors College
Medicine
Nursing
Science
Admissions, Graduate 561-297-3624
Admissions, Undergraduate 561-297-3040
Fees, Controller’s Office 561-297-6101
Financial Assistance, Financial Aid 561-297-3530
Graduation, Degrees, Office of the Registrar 561-297-2731
or 561-297-2209
Health Services, Student Health Services 561-297-3512
Housing (on campus), University Housing 561-297-2880
International Students and Scholars 561-297-3049
Library Reference Desk, S.E. Wimberly Library 561-297-3785
Majors and Course Offerings University Catalog
Military & Veterans Affairs 561-297-3547
Military, GI Bill Benefits and Financial Aid 561-297-1250
Official Transcripts, Office of the Registrar 561-297-3056
Owl Card, Owl Card Center 561-297-2700
Parking Regulations, Parking and Transportation Services 561-297-2771
Police Services, University Police 561-297-3500
Registration, Office of the Registrar 561-297-3050
Student Life, Activities, Student Affairs 561-297-3735
Students with Disabilities Office 561-297-3880
Testing Arrangements,
Testing and Evaluation
561-297-3160

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Distance Learning at FAU

FAU offers a variety of distance learning courses to help meet the needs of students who require more flexibility in their coursework. These courses are designed for students who may not be able to attend a class at a specific time, day or place due to work schedules, family responsibilities, travel or physical challenges. Currently, FAU offers more than 400 courses via non-traditional delivery methods, including interactive television, prerecorded video and the Internet.

Interactive video courses are taught at one campus and broadcast to other campuses and some industrial sites in an effort to bring education closer to the student. Prerecorded video courses are previously recorded by FAU faculty. Internet courses are available in a variety of subject areas. These courses are usually asynchronous and electronically interactive, but may use a combination of live chat rooms, threaded discussions, electronic bulletin boards, email and/or interactive Web pages. Visit the Office of Information Technology's website to learn more about distance learning at FAU.

Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs was established to ensure that each member of the University community shall be permitted to work or study in an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment that is based on race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected class or basis (each a "protected class"). The University recognizes its obligation to work toward a community in which diversity is valued and opportunity is equalized. The Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Regulation establishes procedures for a student, applicant, employee or member of the University community to file a complaint of alleged discrimination or harassment. Those procedures may be found in the Appendices section of this catalog, Appendix A. In addition, the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs coordinates and monitors the implementation of all programs designed to ensure equal opportunity and affirmative action for University employees. The Director also provides technical assistance in these areas to University administrators.

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FAU Foundation

The Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation with assets of more than $200 million established to provide the private support that tax-assisted universities such as FAU must have to achieve excellence. The Foundation, part of FAU's Division of Community Engagement, provides support for scholarships, research, faculty resources and capital projects with regard to the expressed wishes of its donors and in conformity with the mission of the University. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible in accordance with rules of the Internal Revenue Service. The Executive Director, officers and board members of the Foundation are prepared to counsel interested parties regarding the types of gifts that can be made and tax benefits resulting from donations.

Endowments and Awards
The University's endowment is housed under the FAU Foundation, Inc. In 1973 upon the retirement of Florida Atlantic University’s founding President, Dr. Kenneth R. Williams, an endowment of $50,000 was set up in his honor by a group of contributors. Interest on this endowment supports two $1,000 awards presented at the spring commencement to graduating seniors, one for leadership and one for outstanding scholastic achievement.

The University has 17 Eminent Scholar Chairs, each endowed at $1 million or more:

• The Glenwood and Martha Creech Eminent Scholar Chair in Science

• The John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair in Growth Management and Development

• The William F. Dietrich Eminent Scholar Chair in Philosophy

• The Kenan Evren Eminent Scholar Chair in Turkish Business Studies

• The Herbert and Elaine Gimelstob Eminent Scholar Chair in Judaic Studies

• The Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar Chair in Nursing

• The Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar Chair in Business

• The John Thomas Ladue McGinty Eminent Scholar Chair in Biology

• The Dr. Robert J. Morrow Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Science

• The Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar Chair in Community Education

• The Office Depot Eminent Scholar Chair in Small Business Research

• The Helen Karpelenia Persson Eminent Scholar Chair in Community Caring

• The Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies

• The Charles E. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering

• The Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Arts

• The Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Humanities

• The Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Performing Arts

Private and state matching funds have also established endowments for professorships, fellowships and scholarships at FAU.

FAU National Alumni Association

More than 120,000 FAU graduates can stay in touch with the University through the FAU National Alumni Association (FAUNAA). Offering programs, publications and services throughout the year, FAUNAA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets quarterly. A new building, the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, opened recently on the Boca Raton campus. The 13,000-square-foot facility serves as a gathering place for alumni and a venue for a variety of alumni and campus-wide events and traditions.

FAUNAA-sponsored programs include the Alumni Hall of Fame Award, Distinguished Alumni Awards, Homecoming, cultural, sports and social events, professional development and networking programs and constituent group events. The Alumni Association awards annual scholarships to students and provides grants to student groups. Two student leadership organizations—the Student Alumni Association and Student Ambassadors—are also sponsored by FAUNAA.

The Office of Alumni Relations is the primary liaison between the University and the FAU National Alumni Association, the Student Alumni Association and Student Ambassadors organization. The office coordinates all programs and events for FAU graduates. For information, visit www.faualumni.org.

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Instructional Resources

The Office of Information Technology provides access to a variety of media services and instructional technology, including the following services: Classroom Technologies/AV Equipment, Distance Learning (see previous section), E-Classrooms, Instructional Labs/Classrooms, Video Production and Videoconferencing. Assistance and support for the following University software is also provided: Blackboard, Elluminate: Web Conferencing, Respondus: Test Creation and Online Testing, StudyMate: Interactive Study Aids, SafeAssign: Plagiarism Prevention and Impatica: Put Powerpoint Presentations Online in Compressed Format.

Quality Enhancement Plan
As part of its recent reaffirmation of accreditation process, FAU launched a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), called Distinction through Discovery, aimed at expanding the culture of undergraduate research and inquiry at FAU. The 5-year plan, developed by faculty, staff and students across all FAU campuses, includes four main goals for expanding this culture: 1) Integrating a research and inquiry focus into the curriculum through research-enriched conventional and honors programs; 2) Expanding co-curricular opportunities for students and faculty to engage in participating and disseminating research activities; 3) Rewarding and recognizing faculty and students who are active scholars; 4) Establishing an infrastructure to support all research and inquiry initiatives at FAU. A comprehensive review of the plan is available at the QEP website.

Undergraduate Research
Students are invited to distinguish their FAU education by participating in the process of discovery! FAU offers a wealth of resources for students to engage in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity. Undergraduate research provides students the unique opportunity to question, explore and pursue. All students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty and fellow undergraduate students on scholarly research and inquiry projects and apply for funding for undergraduate research projects. Students are also encouraged to showcase their projects at undergraduate research symposia available on three campuses and in several colleges and to publish their work in the FAU Undergraduate Research Journal and other FAU publications, such as Remarque, Cliché and Coastlines magazines. Students may also join the Council of Scholarship and Inquiry Club and share their knowledge by serving as peer mentors. FAU’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry is located General Classroom South, Suite 209, and may be reached at 561-297-0113.

University Libraries

The University Libraries include the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus, collections housed at the Broward County Public Library to serve FAU in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a shared-use library with Broward College in Davie, a 20,000-square-foot library on the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter and a library at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

The Wimberly Library is a 165,000-square-foot building in the heart of the Boca Raton campus. It provides faculty and student group study rooms, study carrels, seating for approximately 1,000, an electronic classroom, facilities for individuals with disabilities, an audiovisual media center and a computer lab. In addition to the computers available for use throughout the library, the entire building is equipped for laptop wireless connectivity. Reference assistance is offered in person, by telephone or by email, and library instruction sessions may be arranged for classes or individuals. A five-story addition opened in 2007, providing students with a 24-hour study location and housing for several special collections.

The University Libraries' extensive holdings of approximately 3.6 million items include books, periodicals, government documents, microforms, maps, media and unique special collections in book arts, American Revolutionary War and Civil War documents, print and recorded music, rare books and manuscripts, and archival materials. The libraries also provide a wealth of electronic resources, including more than 391,000 full-text electronic books and 23,250 full-text electronic journals, plus access to several hundred proprietary databases.

An online catalog of library holdings provides a listing of materials in the FAU Libraries and the other 10 Florida public university libraries. The library pays for student and faculty access to hundreds of databases, many with full-text articles and books, which are available through the Internet both in the library or off-campus using EZproxy. Through memberships in the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the collections of area libraries and the CRL are available to FAU students, faculty and staff. Research materials not available in the FAU Libraries' collection may be obtained through interlibrary loan.

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