But it is about more than just a punch list of projects, and instead a strategic initiative by Flagler President John Delaney to transform the College on every level and deliver the best possible academic experience for students.
“We’ve developed a plan for a series of campus improvements that range from a complete overhaul of our IT system with upgrades of our WIFI and fiber optics to a restoration of the Ponce that includes enhancements to every element of the building,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from students about the types of amenities they would like to have here on campus. All kinds of things students have told us they would like to see on campus."
Delaney sees it as a long-term initiative with an impact that will be felt for years to come, and raise Flagler’s stature and reputation. “The heart of it, of course, is that we get a great education from terrific faculty,” he said.
Projects for the Five Star Plan began shortly after he arrived at the College in 2021, and range from upgrades to the pool area and a kayak launch on the Sebastian River behind Abare Hall to the purchase of Sebastian House, a local hotel that has been transformed into a residence hall. Renovations to campus residence halls including Ponce Hall, the historic centerpiece of the Flagler campus, have also been a major focus.
The plan is focused on four critical areas – facilities, technology, campus enhancements and the student experience. Technology updates like new Enterprise Resource Planning software and better Internet connections will provide students, faculty and staff with a modernized and more efficient user experience.
For students, the plan has added funding for new academic and social opportunities on and off-campus ranging from events and field-trips to getting more involved in the community. In addition, Flagler launched its new Core Curriculum – a distinctive offering of courses that incorporate our core values and introduce students to skills and values necessary for a well-rounded education. Read more in this section about the many improvements Flagler is making.