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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. McGrath
561-297-1168, kmcgrath@fau.edu

2007-08 Legislative Appropriations Bill Progresses -Outcome Successful for FAU

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 7, 2007) – As the 2007-08 legislative session comes to a close, Florida Atlantic University looks forward to what should be a successful, formal completion to the legislative session.   FAU aligned its top priorities with the greatest needs of the state of Florida and the goals of the Board of Governors, including workforce development, and increased research and biotechnology activities.  

            “In light of the more difficult economic environment in Tallahassee, FAU fared extremely well overall,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan. “Special thanks are due to all who worked so hard over the past 60 days and throughout the year on these issues.”

Some current highlights of the 2007-08 legislative appropriation bill that would benefit FAU include –

  • The FAU/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Medical Program is scheduled to receive $4.7 million in recurring funding.   This will allow the regional medical campus to continue to evolve towards it goal of offering all four years of medical education on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, thus increasing the pool of doctors that will practice in the state of Florida who are educated in their own backyards.
  • FAU is to receive $6 million to assist in the research taking place in partnership with Torrey Pines.
  • There are two separate appropriations scheduled to assist FAU in its acquisition and operation of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI).   The university would receive $8.5 million in recurring funds to operate the institution.   In addition, the legislature approved $44,641,984 in PECO funding for renovation and news space on the HBOI campus.
  • The proposed total PECO allocation for FAU is $95,886,454.   This would be the largest PECO allocation in university history.   (This amount includes the allocation for HBOI.)  
  • FAU is slated to receive approximately $3 million to support an additional 255 FTE.   This includes 61 lower level, 136 upper level and 58 graduate students.
  • The Florida Institute for the Advancement of Teaching, housed within FAU’s College of Education, is scheduled to receive $500,000 in non-recurring funds to assist in providing solutions for improving Florida’s PK-20 educational system by recruiting, preparing and retaining quality educators to meet the needs of Florida schools.

These and all other proposed appropriations are subject to the governor’s signature.   For more information on FAU’s legislative priorities, contact Tom Barlow at 561-297-2003 or barlow@fau.edu.

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