Florida Poly 2.0: A new vision for excellence


LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University officially released Florida Poly 2.0, its blueprint for the future of the University consisting of a five-year strategic plan and the vision for a robust research park adjacent to campus.


Titled “Advancing to Excellence,” the strategic plan outlines the academic and economic goals the University will work to attain by the year 2023. One of those goals is to influence the economic development of the 4,000 acres that surround Florida Poly, to create a research park that would bring together industry, academia, and government.


“This research park will be the catalyst for bringing financial and facility capital to this area,” said Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University. “It will be where private companies and academic researchers come together to commercialize innovation and where an entire community of people, who are not even here yet, come together to live, work, and play.”


The new strategic plan was approved by the Board of Trustees and identifies four main priorities based on dominant higher education trends: degree alignment, student success, economic development, and affordability, and efficiency. The plan details how Florida Poly will address these priorities through 16 goals, plus includes a new mission and vision for the University.


Florida Poly was established on April 20, 2012 to advance the state’s economy by training a highly skilled technical workforce. We’ve established a name for ourselves as a university with a rigorous curriculum, advanced research equipment and a focus on solving industry problems with creative solutions. Click here for frequently asked questions.


Serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and application of engineering and applied sciences.


Florida Poly will be a premier STEM university known for producing highly desirable graduates and new technology solutions.


Florida Poly 2.0 is the university’s blueprint for the future and consists of a five-year strategic plan and the vision for a robust research park adjacent to campus.Titled “Advancing to Excellence”, the strategic plan outlines the academic and economic goals the University will work to attain by the year 2023.


Florida Polytechnic University is located along Interstate 4 at the heart of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor in the city of Lakeland, halfway between Tampa and Orlando.Like its name implies, Lakeland is known for its waterfront neighborhoods and more than 60 miles of biking and walking trails. The city has a vibrant downtown filled with shops, restaurants, parks and performing arts venues. 


Check out Evolution Records, an indie vinyl seller and live music venue. Hang out with friends or study at Black & Brew Coffee House on Main Street. Get outdoors for a spin at the new Lake Bonny Skate Park. You don’t want to miss out on a visit to Reececliff either for a slice of pie and other homemade foods! Festivals, parades, concerts, a big farmer’s market and food truck rallies are hallmarks of Lakeland culture, as are the giant swans you’ll see gliding on city lakes. They are descendants of swans given to the city by Queen Elizabeth II. Lakeland also is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. In February or March, you can catch a classic outdoor game at Joker Marchant Stadium. The average high in February is a comfortable 73 degrees.


Another benefit of attending college in Lakeland, Fl is its location. Less than an hour’s drive away in either direction are the metropolitan areas of Tampa and Orlando, home to a combined total of 8.6 million people and more than 11,500 high-tech companies. Both cities draw visitors from around the world to theme parks, beaches, stadiums and entertainment venues. Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Cocoa Beach and Clearwater Beach are among the options for day trips or weekend getaways. The two cities host a lot of Major League action, too, including the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

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