Florida Poly updates: Intended degree, academic program info

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Lakeland, Florida -- Following months of research and discussions with academic consultants, Florida Polytechnic University's Strategic Planning Committee has recommended five degree programs in the College of Innovation and Technology and the College of Engineering.

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"After an extremely thorough market investigation, these programs were identified as meeting the real-time response to employer needs, and are in-line with the recommendations of the Board of Governor's Commission on Higher Education Access & Attainment," said Dr. Ghazi Darkazalli, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Florida Poly. "The introduction of these programs and academic goals is the culmination of extensive efforts that have taken place over the last several months."

Within each of the proposed degree programs, there are opportunities for students to specialize in certain fields of concentration. Here is the college and degree program breakdown:


College of Innovation and Technology



Bachelor's and Master's of Advanced Technology

Cloud Virtualization & Big Data Analytics

Bachelor's and Master's of Science

Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain

Bachelor's and Master's of Computer Science and Information Technology

Cyber Gaming, Information Assurance and Cyber Security

College of Engineering



Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Control Systems, Magnetics, Digital Systems, Electrodynamics, Semiconductors

Bachelor's and Master's in Industrial Engineering

Multifunctional Materials Development, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Motion Control

The proposed technology and engineering-focused degree programs place emphasis on experiential and applied learning opportunities for students. Industry partnerships will be a cornerstone of Florida Poly, allowing students to gain real-world problem-solving, work experience and business leadership opportunities. 

"We want to provide students with the education that they need to meet the demands of global economic trends and Florida's evolving industry landscape," said Darkazalli. "The objective is to have 75 percent of students placed in full-time jobs by the time they graduate."

In addition to the strong focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, the proposed degrees incorporate mandatory leadership, finance and management training into all programs.

"Our goal is to produce students who not only are capable of meeting the demands of STEM-related employers, but who are also capable of creating that demand themselves," said Board Chairman Rob Gidel. "We want our graduates to have the tools to manage the business of STEM."

Florida Poly's first students are expected to begin courses as early as August 2014, and the student recruitment strategy is already underway.

The Committee proposed agreements with STEM charter and magnet schools to serve as feeders to Florida Poly. The University will also collaborate with state colleges to implement feeder programs for students looking to transition to Florida Poly after obtaining an associate's degree.  

Other strategies include employing a summer studies program for youth modeled after Duke's Talent Identification Program (TIP) and recruiting international students from South America and Asia.

"I am extremely pleased with the work of the Strategic Planning Committee and Dr. Darkazalli and his team," said Chief Operating Officer Ava Parker. "They have developed exceptional degree programs that are responsive to Florida's economic needs. And they have established a solid student recruitment model to attract the best and brightest to Florida Poly."

Florida Polytechnic University's Board of Trustees will meet on April 2, 2013. 

SOURCE: Florida Polytechnic University

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