Thursday, July 05, 2012

Graduation rate for Class of 2014 will be big test for Ammons

FAMU's six-year graduation rate has attracted lots of news coverage, lately. FAMU President James H. Ammons' administration has taken a number of steps to help students earn their baccalaureate degrees more quickly. But there won’t be enough data to fully evaluate the success of this work until two years from now.

Ammons' first day as president was July 2, 2007. He recruited the freshman class that enrolled in Fall 2008. Their six-year graduation rate success won’t be known until the Spring of 2014.

The six classes that have reached the six-year point since Ammons took the top job were recruited by previous presidents.

Frederick S. Humphries
Class of 2007 (Enrolled in Fall 2001): 38.3%
Class of 2008 (Enrolled in Fall 2002): 40.8%

Fred J. Gainous
Class of 2009 (Enrolled in Fall 2003): 40.1%
Class of 2010 (Enrolled in Fall 2004): 41.0%
Class of 2011 (Enrolled in Fall 2005): 39.3%

The Class of 2012 (that just had its Spring commencement) and the Class of 2013 applied back when FAMU had an interim president.

The current university administration has worked to help students raise their course loads by implementing new fee breaks, expanding on-campus housing, increasing financial aid, and making more academic advisors available.

Ammons' Class of 2014 looks like it is on track to a strong finish. FAMU’s lower division students (freshman and sophomores) have actually topped their peers at the University of Florida in average course loads for the past three years.

Everyone is anxious to see improvement in FAMU’s graduation. But it will take a couple more years before the current administration’s progress in this area can be evaluated fairly.


Anonymous said...

Spin again. What about Ammons' four year graduation rates. Can you evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies putt forth by his pathetic team?

Anonymous said...

exaCtly, what's the point to glorify six year grad rates if your four year rates are pathetic...this is micromanagment at its best

Anonymous said...

The way graduation rate is computed is completely flawed. Graduation rate only caputures those students who started their freshman year at FAMU and graduated from FAMU. Any student who transferred in and graduated on time isn't counted. Those who transfer out and graduate on time at other universities aren't counted either.