Wednesday, July 18, 2018

FGCU debate could push Democratic gubernatorial candidates to finally provide leadership on PBF reform

At 7:00 p.m. tonight, the top five hopefuls for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Florida will square off in a debate on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. The event could finally push the candidates to provide leadership on the issue of performance-based funding (PBF) reform.

The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has used PBF metrics since 2014-2015 that favor big state universities like the University of Florida and Florida State University that are already well-funded. The BOG also denies PBF money to the three universities that finish in the “Bottom 3” each year no matter how much they improve.

Last session, the Democratic candidates for governor sat on the sidelines while State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, and House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, co-led a bipartisan effort to overhaul the PBF metrics. Their plan called for an end to the “Bottom 3.” Rodrigues was able to get the legislature to pass a law that requires the BOG propose changes to make the PBF system fair.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Greene leads among Florida’s black Democratic voters, Levine in second place, Gillum third

Real estate investor Jeff Greene leads all Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidates in support among black voters, according to a poll by StPete Polls.

Greene finished with 23.4 percent among black Democrats who said they planned to vote in the primary. Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was second with 19.1 percent. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was third with 18.3 percent and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham was fourth with 14 percent.

21.8 percent of black Democratic voters were still undecided.

Gillum has the longest list of endorsements from current and former black Democratic elected officials in Florida. But Greene and Levine have both been spending large amounts of money from their personal fortunes on TV ads.

Monday, July 16, 2018

FAMU Law launches post-admit program to prepare students for success

Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law has kicked off its Summer Comprehensive Academic Legal Enhancement (SCALE) Program, an initiative designed to assist entering students with their transition to law school by helping them to reach their full potential and achieve success. The voluntary two-week program – which includes housing, meals, course materials and faculty instruction – runs from Monday, July 9, 2018 to Friday, July 20, 2018 and is being provided FREE of charge to a select number of students.

What makes SCALE unique is that the post-admit program is focused primarily on enhancing participants’ problem solving, legal reasoning and critical reading and thinking skills in a law school classroom setting, said LeRoy Pernell, interim dean and professor of law.

“Deficiencies in these skill areas are directly related to why students who may have otherwise performed well academically prior to law school, may not perform well on the LSAT exam and in-turn not succeed in law school,” Pernell said. “SCALE is designed to bridge the gap in developing these core skills, as well as provide a strong foundation by which SCALE participants can excel in their first year of law school.”

Saturday, July 14, 2018

New ranking showcases strength of FAMU brand in Florida

Florida A&M University is ranked 8th among all Florida colleges and universities in the Market Position Index, which measures awareness and image.

The ranking is published by the Student-View Report, which is based on an annual independent survey of high school seniors in Florida. The survey measures seniors’ opinions of colleges and universities in their region.

Friday, July 13, 2018

FAMU’s president selected to serve on national STEM advisory panel

Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson has been appointed to serve on a new national advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 18 members to the panel, which was authorized by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The STEM Education Advisory Panel is composed of individuals from nonprofit, business, academic and informal education organizations.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on this inaugural panel of outstanding individuals,” said Robinson. “I look forward to working with them to advance our nation’s STEM agenda.”

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FAMU leadership meets with federal officials to discuss Center of Excellence

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been diligently meeting with the private sector, federal officials and key legislative staff over the last several months to discuss the establishment of a new Center of Excellence in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Construction and Infrastructure Technology Innovation Center of Excellence (CITIC) is an innovative multidisciplinary partnership between several of FAMU’s core academic schools, public partners and the private sector that is focused on global sustainable infrastructure. The Center of Excellence will create new STEM-based jobs within the state of Florida and will initially focus its efforts on energy development and the advancement of technologies that enhance the construction of affordable housing, roads, transportation infrastructure, as well as rapid and sustainable reconstruction following natural disasters.

“CITIC represents a part of a broader effort at FAMU to further apply the research, extension and outreach components of our land-grant mission toward entrepreneurship and technology commercialization,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson after a June CITIC meeting. “With the growing impact of our educational programs, enrollment, renowned faculty and researchers, FAMU stands ready to assist the construction sector in addressing critical requirements.”