Brian Schriner: Gearing FIU students for innovation-based economy
Brian Schriner believes innovation will be key to the 21st century economy, and FIU’s College of Architecture and the Arts has an opportunity to play a role. He says that’s due to the unique composition of the college with its many disciplines falling under STEM groupings: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
As dean of the college, Mr. Schriner said the approach he and the staff take is broad. It’s a false dichotomy to think of STEM and arts education as separate when, in fact, he said historically they go together.
Mr. Schriner is making sure students are academically qualified when they enter the college and there are opportunities for them to be successful. Often, he said, that’s through manifold types of majors that align to the economy of Greater Miami.
He’s looking forward to what will happen in the coming years through the college’s partnership with the county and GableStage to bring back the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Working with a regional theater will bring new playwrights, creativity and vibrancy to Coconut Grove as well as allow the college to begin launching a graduate theater degree, he said.
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