"Protect our Professors is a ground-breaking initiative that doesn't just help our teachers keep their jobs, it helps us students keep our instructors, our mentors, and our friends. The students of Florida State University realize how deeply each professor impacts their lives on a daily basis and are determined to come together to make sure our beloved University doesn’t lose even one of its esteemed faculty."

Rebecca Stone
Goldwater Scholarship Recipient

Student leaders from across campus, led by the Senior Class Officers, are embarking on a campaign to raise money and participation amongst all students, to ensure the future of Florida State University. In a time of an uncertain economy, students want to show that the heart and soul of the University, the faculty and staff, needs to be supported.

Protect Our Professors hopes to accomplish several goals that will have a positive impact over time. This campaign will be a platform to show all of Florida State’s constituents that students care about the destiny of the institution. In addition, this effort will help educate students on the current state budget crisis that will affect students profoundly over the next few years. Students feel that it is critical to hire and retain the best faculty and staff in order to increase their chances of being better prepared for the world. This grassroots campaign will help ease the budget crisis and serve as an opportunity to create and harness a spirit of philanthropy amongst our students.

The student-led Protect Our Professors campaign will turn this generation of students’ compassion into action. A group of diverse leaders from around campus have already committed to establish this as the cornerstone effort of the student gift campaign.

Protect Our Professors is critically important to Florida State. By establishing and increasing student participation, annual giving rates increase the rankings of the institution. This will also send a powerful message of student satisfaction, which is also a factor that influences rankings. Student giving rates will have a much needed positive effect on motivating alumni to support Florida State. In addition, major donors are more likely to support the university if they see high student satisfaction. Finally, student giving rates encourage the administration to allocate resources to areas that are most important to students.