Florida Senate - 2022 (NP) SR 1964 By Senator Boyd 21-02271-22 20221964__ 1 Senate Resolution 2 A resolution recognizing February 9, 2022, as “FSU 3 Day” in Florida, in recognition of Florida State 4 University’s contribution as an outstanding 5 institution of higher education. 6 7 WHEREAS, the Tallahassee campus of Florida State 8 University, founded in 1851, is the oldest continuous site of 9 higher education in Florida, and 10 WHEREAS, Florida State University is proud to be recognized 11 as a preeminent university by the State of Florida, and as a 12 leader in education, research, student retention, and 13 graduation, and 14 WHEREAS, Florida State University is a nationally 15 recognized institution, with many of its colleges and programs 16 ranked among the top 10 in the nation, and 17 WHEREAS, Florida State University was No. 19 among top 18 public universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best 19 Colleges rankings, reaffirming its place in the Top 20 for the 20 third consecutive year, and was ranked by the publication as No. 21 5 on the list of Best Value Colleges among public universities 22 and No. 26 in Best Colleges for Veterans, and 23 WHEREAS, Florida State University has a 4-year graduation 24 rate of 74 percent, the highest in the state, which places the 25 university in the top 10 in the nation among public research 26 institutions, and 27 WHEREAS, Florida State University was honored with a 28 national award by the Association of Public and Land-grant 29 Universities for its efforts to eliminate enrollment gaps by 30 race, ethnicity, and income level, and 31 WHEREAS, Florida State University offers graduate, 32 undergraduate, doctoral, and professional degrees in 306 33 programs within 19 independent colleges and schools, with 34 courses taught by an illustrious faculty of 2,094, including 6 35 Nobel laureates, and 36 WHEREAS, Florida State University has a student-faculty 37 ratio of 21-to-1, meaning that 61 percent of its offered classes 38 have fewer than 20 students, and 39 WHEREAS, Florida State University’s 2021 freshman class is 40 one of the brightest and most diverse in school history, drawing 41 students from 66 Florida counties, all 50 states and the 42 District of Columbia, and 49 countries, and 43 WHEREAS, this outstanding class boasts a median GPA of 4.3, 44 a median SAT score of 1310, and a median ACT composite score of 45 29, and 46 WHEREAS, Florida State University is a top research 47 institution in producing Fulbright Scholars, with three students 48 receiving awards in 2021-2022, and 49 WHEREAS, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized Florida 50 State University as a 2021 “Diversity Champion” for the sixth 51 year in a row and awarded it the Higher Education Excellence in 52 Diversity Award for the eighth consecutive year, an honor given 53 to schools that demonstrate a promise to uphold and advance 54 inclusion and diversity, and 55 WHEREAS, in 2021, Florida State University said goodbye to 56 retiring President John Thrasher and welcomed its 16th 57 president, Richard McCullough, Ph.D., and 58 WHEREAS, due to Florida State University’s longstanding 59 practice of promoting racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity on 60 its campus through the aggressive recruitment of diverse groups 61 of students, the FSU college experience continues to enrich the 62 lives of students, NOW, THEREFORE, 63 64 Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: 65 66 That the Florida Senate hereby recognizes February 9, 2022, 67 as “FSU Day” in Florida, in recognition of Florida State 68 University’s contribution as an outstanding institution of 69 higher education. 70 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with 71 the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Richard 72 McCullough, Ph.D., the 16th president of Florida State 73 University, as a tangible token of the sentiments of the Florida 74 Senate.