President Hitt established five key goals in 1992 that redefined the university’s course for the future, and those goals remain UCF’s roadmap to achievement.
"The goals establish directions of travel toward true excellence and success." - President Hitt
The five goals are:
1. Offer the best undergraduate education available in Florida
2. Achieve international prominence in key programs of graduate study and research
3. Provide international focus to our curricula and research programs
4. Become more inclusive and diverse
5. Be America’s leading partnership university
The steady pursuit of these goals fueled UCF’s rise to prominence in recent decades – with the partnership goal leading the way. UCF is nationally known for its ability to achieve remarkable results and to create new opportunities by combining resources with other governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
This is just as President Hitt envisioned from his start at UCF. Dr. Dan Holsenbeck, UCF vice president for university relations, recalls when Dr. Hitt introduced him to the goals in 1992. The new president had scribbled them on a note for Holsenbeck’s review at an airport restaurant in Washington, D.C.
“When he handed me that paper with those goals, I didn’t understand how central they would become to UCF. It was such a casual moment, so understated, that it’s amazing when contrasted with what we’ve become,” Holsenbeck said. “Through those goals, we’ve built our university and our neighborhood — beyond what just about anybody on the outside ever could have imagined.”
President Hitt introduced the goals to the community during his inauguration address at UCF in November 1992.
The State University System of Florida has authorized all state universities, including UCF, to charge a Repeat Course Surcharge of $181.12 per student credit hour for each undergraduate course in which a student has enrolled in the same course more than twice. Currently, this surcharge is $177.57 per credit hour. The proposed increase is $3.55 per credit hour. The change will take effect for the Fall 2017 semester. This increase is mandated by state law, which states that “A student enrolled in the same undergraduate college-credit course more than twice shall pay tuition at 100 percent of the full cost of instruction . . . .” UCF will use the increased fee to cover costs of instruction.