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Dean's Report - Summer 2013

Dear Friends,

Our campus is buzzing with the usual fall activity: freshman moving into the residence halls, registering for classes, and searching for classrooms. I had the pleasure of meeting many of these new students at the barbeque that President and Mrs. Barron held at their home after the freshman convocation. Thousands of freshmen, some with their parents, took in performances by the FSU Flying High Circus and the Marching Chiefs while they met with deans of the various colleges and enjoyed the Barrons’ hospitality.

We start the new school year with some exciting news. The 2013 Ranking of World Universities in Social Sciences placed FSU in the top 20 among U.S public universities and ranked us at 48th in the world. No other social science program at a Florida university was ranked in the top 50. And we are building on a strong foundation: this fall we welcomed seven new faculty members to the college, and we anticipate that we will be able to hire more new faculty for the 2014-15 academic year.

Contributing to this bright outlook for the future is some other news we received earlier this year. The 2013 Florida Legislature named FSU and UF as “preeminent universities” based on 12 specific academic and research excellence standards. As we continue to maintain these accountability measures, the university expects to receive additional recurring financial support for a five-year period. Being among the top 25 public universities is a major goal to be accomplished during this time period.

The international social science ranking shows that our faculty is recognized for world-class research, but the college also stands out for the excellent programs we offer that enable our outstanding undergraduates to “get more than a degree.” Our students are encouraged to study abroad, take internships, participate in the Research Intensive Bachelor’s Certificate, compete for a place in the Social Science Scholars program, and enroll in our career-enhancing applied and professional master’s degree programs.

World-wide recognition for our research and a strong commitment to undergraduate education make clear that we have much to be proud of as we begin our 40th year as the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. So much of that success is owed to you, our alumni and supporters, and the generous contributions many of you have made. I hope all of you will consider a gift that will enable the college to pursue the excellence that puts our students on a path toward rewarding and productive lives. Toward that goal, we are kicking off our special “40 for 40” fund this fall for the 2013-2014 academic year to commemorate the college’s anniversary.

If you have not given to the college previously or in recent times, please consider donating $40 to this fund. If you have been a regular donor, we thank you for your ongoing generosity and encourage you to continue giving at your current level or higher. We also hope you will be one of the 1,000 individuals to help us raise at least $40,000 in this campaign with an additional gift of $40 for the anniversary year. You will be making our dream—and the dreams of many outstanding students—possible.

With best wishes,
David