Short History

Engaged learning, research, and service are the hallmarks of all great universities that strive to better the communities that surround them – be they local, national or global. This engagement seeds the dynamic exchange of ideas between the institution and its stakeholders and spawns relationships that result in positive change far greater than each could achieve standing alone.

Throughout its relatively short history and to the present day, Florida Atlantic University consistently demonstrates deep commitment to its local, regional and global communities through innovative research, excellent educational programs and services, collaborative public and private partnerships, and engaged civic service and outreach. The economic value of these efforts as measured in 2012, the year of the last study, totaled $6.3 billion. The value of effecting positive change on the lives of those within FAU's reach - priceless.

In May 2015, President Kelly established the Community Engagement Executive Leadership Team comprised of FAU and community leaders.  In July 2015, he established the Community Engagement Task Force (CETF) which is comprised of six volunteer working groups with over 60 faculty, administrative staff, alumni and students in support of the Leadership Team.  

The mission of the Task Force is to develop and recommend policies, procedures and practices that ensure that community engagement is central to FAU's mission and actions.  The goals of the Task Force are to enhance the culture of community engagement and partnership at FAU and to successfully apply for the Community Engagement Elective Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2020.  

Visit our "Community” tab on the top menu bar to see examples of some of the services that FAU provides to its local communities.

 Last Modified 11/9/16