Strategy and Program Innovation

Strategy. Innovation. Excellence.

The Office of Strategy and Program Innovation works with university-wide teams to develop, facilitate, and implement innovative services and experiences that drive improved performance in academic opportunities for students, alumni, community and other partners in Southwest Florida and beyond to further the University’s strategic vision and the President’s key organizational initiatives.

The mission of the Office of Strategy and Program Innovation is to explore opportunities to develop collaborative initiatives within the University, as well as through partnerships in the Southwest Florida business and educational environment.

These may include, but are not limited to, new strategies for course delivery, formal relationships with academic institutions and local businesses, and programmatic opportunities to raise the visibility of Florida Gulf Coast University throughout the service delivery region.

Future Focused

FGCU’s Strategy and Program Innovation is aimed at developing opportunities for increased interaction with private and public entities to expand the impact of the University in the region, state, and beyond through continuous feedback and input.

Academic and Workforce Alignment Initiative

FGCU is committed to:

  • Broaden and strengthen its ties with private, public, and non-profit sectors as well as key industry stakeholders
  • Become more proactive in solving-real world problems faced by regional industries
  • Be an exemplary comprehensive university to serve the Southwest Florida region and beyond
  • FGCU President’s Advisory Circle on Workforce and Economic Development

  • One-on-One Conversations with regional employers to identify skills gaps and talent/workforce development needs

With the mission of bridging between the President’s and Provost’s strategic initiatives, the Office of Strategy and Program Innovation focuses on workforce and economic development and works very closely with the FGCU Academic Affairs Leadership team, regional employers and industry leaders, leaders of local chamber of commerce’s and economic development agencies to align academic and workforce development.

Based on these conversations, input and feedback, FGCU developed and executed the following strategic initiatives to address the regional workforce and economic development needs:

Innovative Education and Partnerships

FGCU Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges Initiative: Closing Skills Gap – The Power of “And”

Founders Cup

Florida Chamber

FGCU is a member and an active member in the Florida Chamber and statewide workforce development initiatives 


The newly established Office of Strategy and Program Innovation encompasses three areas

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Strategy and Program Innovation

Edwards Hall
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965