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.
Dr. Dale Whittaker, UCF president-elect and executive vice president, will succeed UCF President John Hitt on July 1. Learn more about President-Elect Whittaker's plans and aspirations for America's Partnership University as he prepares to become UCF's 5th president. Also, see the full story about Dr. Whittaker's appointment and learn more about UCF's next president.