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Florida Atlantic University

Using Technology to Improve Registration, Recruiting, and Research

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is no ordinary university. When it opened its doors in 1964, FAU was the first breed of American Universities to break with tradition to invent more innovative ways of delivering higher education. By harnessing the power of technology, FAU offers excellence in education and drives visionary research for its 30,000 students and 7,000 faculty.

From the beginning, FAU had a bold vision to harness broadcast technology to beam classes to students wherever they might be. The goal was to make higher education accessible to students throughout the state.

Today, as FAU continues to fulfill that vision, demand for the university’s video lecture recordings is higher than ever. To meet that demand, NetApp AFF provides the performance and availability for FAU to stream hundreds of thousands of hours of lectures across a multitude of courses in its 170 different degree programs.

Streaming is a bonus for existing students, but FAU also uses NetApp to help recruit top students and faculty.

“Institutions are equally competitive to recruit the most qualified students. This starts with having a stable environment, whether it’s networking, technology, or availability of courses,” Basiratmand says. “Likewise, building a culture of researchers is paramount. We continue to provide our faculty with an area where they can conduct research and have access to resources. Building a solid infrastructure, with data storage being a big portion of that, clearly facilitates better recruitment.”

About Customer

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the university, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university places special emphasis on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan, and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build on FAU’s strengths in research and scholarship.

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