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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Alexander says “statutory corrective action” needed to address harm created by PBF system

State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, says that he plans to work for “statutory corrective action” to deal with the harm created by the performance-based funding (PBF) system used for state universities.

“It is time to work together towards an agreement to institute a performance-based system of funding that will maintain an absolute stable funding line for institutions to meet a certain threshold of student enrollment, retention and graduation rates,” Alexander wrote in a letter to the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) on September 12th.

The BOG has until October 1, 2019 to make recommendations for “a complete performance-based continuous improvement model focused on outcomes that provides for the equitable distribution of performance funds.” The legislature passed this requirement during the last session at the request of Alexander and House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. 

According to the News Service of Florida, Rodrigues wants the changes to include providing PBF money based on “‘continuous improvement’ by the schools regardless of how they are ranked against each other.”

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.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

FAMU student campaign against “Bottom 3” deserves Twitter support from gov. candidates

Students at Florida A&M University have started an online petition drive against the “Bottom 3” policy of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). The BOG has used that policy to deny state investment performance-based funding (PBF) to FAMU in three of the past five years.

Universities that finish in the “Bottom 3” of the BOG metrics do not receive any PBF money no matter how much they improve. On June 27, the BOG announced that FAMU, New College of Florida, and the University of North Florida would not receive any PBF dollars for 2018-2019 because they are in the “Bottom 3.”

FAMU improved from a 65 last year to a 72 this year.

None of the major gubernatorial candidates have Tweeted any criticism of the “Bottom 3” policy since the BOG meeting last week. The “Bottom 3” issue involves the governorship because state Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, and House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, want to change Florida law to make sure the BOG cannot use that harmful policy again in the future. Florida needs a governor who will speak out about the “Bottom 3” and pledge to support legislation to get rid of it.

The FAMU student campaign against the “Bottom 3” has the backing of the FAMU National Alumni Association and deserves public support from all the Democrats and Republicans who want to be in the Governor’s Mansion.

Rattlers can ask the candidates to Tweet in favor of legislation against the “Bottom 3” by contacting them at their handles.

@AdamPutnam
@AndrewGillum
@ChrisKingFL
@GwenGraham
@JeffGreeneFL
@MayorLevine
@RonDeSantisFL

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

FAMU students, backed by NAA, launch petition against BOG’s “Bottom 3” policy

BOG Vice-Chair Sydney Kitson
A group of Florida A&M University students has launched an online petition calling for an end to the “Bottom 3” policy of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). The BOG currently denies performance-based funding (PBF) money to the three universities that finish in the “Bottom 3” of the performance metrics each year no matter how much they improve.

The FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) announced its one its official Facebook page that it supports the student petition.

“The FAMU NAA Stands By This Initiative. Please sign the petition and support our FAMU Students and our University,” a Facebook post by the NAA said.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Under pressure from Florida House, BOG to discuss scrapping “Bottom 3” policy

BOG Vice-Chair Sydney Kitson, House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, and Rep. Ramon Alexander
Under pressure from the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Budget and Finance Committee will hold a discussion in October about getting rid of the BOG “Bottom 3” policy for performance-based funding (PBF).

The BOG currently denies PBF money to the three universities that finish in the “Bottom 3” of the performance metrics each year no matter how much they improve.

BOG Vice-Chair Sydney Kitson said that the BOG Budget and Finance Committee, which he chairs, will talk about recommending an end to that policy in October 2018. He made the announcement last week during a meeting of the committee.

“Last October we started a discussion about re-doing the scoring so that we don’t have three schools at the bottom every year,” Kitson said. “Governor Tom Kuntz, who was here at the beginning of the model, always said that there would be a point in time that we would need to revisit the Bottom 3. So with the improvements that we are seeing in the metrics and scores, we believe that now is the time. We’re going to have to be very, very thoughtful about this process and about what we do. But this committee will be prepared to have this discussion in October.”

None of the BOG members who were present at the committee meeting made any comments in support of continuing the “Bottom 3” policy after Kitson spoke.

Friday, June 29, 2018

FAMU’s admitted Fall 2018 freshmen have 3.5+ GPA average

FAMU freshmen students attending 2018 summer orientation
President Larry Robinson defended the enrollment growth at Florida A&M University during the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting this week by pointing out that the admitted FAMU freshmen have a GPA average of about 3.59 to 3.60.

The admitted freshmen are those who have been offered admission to FAMU. FAMU won't know the GPA average for its enrolled students until the Fall 2018 registration deadline on August 26, 2018.

Robinson commented on the statistic after BOG Vice-Chair Sydney Kitson asked him about the slide in the freshman GPA average between 2016 and 2017 and the work that needs to be done to increase the six-year graduation rate and to reduce student debt.

“Should you be growing at all at this time instead of just being laser focused on those issues?” Kitson asked.

Robinson explained that the slide in the GPA average for enrolled freshmen was only 0.15 between 2016 and 2017. For Fall 2016, the GPA average for the enrolled freshman class was 3.54. The drop in students in 2016-2017 added to the more than $19.8 million FAMU lost in tuition and fees due to enrollment declines since 2012-2013.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

FAMU’s six-year graduation rate higher than FAU’s was while Tripp was a trustee

Norman Tripp, a member of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), loves to talk down to Florida A&M University about its academic performance. But FAMU is doing a better job of graduating its students than Florida Atlantic University did while Tripp was on its Board of Trustees.

The latest six-year graduation rate for FAMU is 47.29 percent for the Class of 2017. The six-year graduation rate at FAU never even got to 40 percent while Tripp was a trustee there.

Back in 2001, Gov. Jeb Bush chose Tripp to be a member of the first-ever Board of Trustees at FAU. The six-year graduation rate at the university was 39.8 percent that year. That was the highest it would ever be during Tripp’s years on the BOT.

FAMU improves in performance metrics, but still denied performance funding

Florida A&M University will not receive any performance-based funding (PBF) in 2018-2019 despite the improvement it made in the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) performance metrics.

FAMU made a 72 score in 2018. That’s seven points higher than its 65 score last year.

But FAMU is part of the “Bottom 3” with New College of Florida and the University of North Florida. The BOG denies PBF money to the three universities that finish in the “Bottom 3” each year no matter how much they improve.

State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, co-led a bipartisan effort to overhaul the PBF metrics during the last legislative session with House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. Their plan called for an end to the “Bottom 3.”

“This ‘Bottom 3’ concept within the Board of Governors is a flawed system,” Alexander said in December 2017. “It is a tiered system. And it is not in the best interests of all of our state universities.”

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

NAA president warns about pressure to cap enrollment growth at FAMU

450 students at a 2018 FAMU summer orientation session
Yesterday, the president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association urged Rattlers to push back against pressure for the school to cap its enrollment.

“There are forces that would like to cap our universities growth in terms of student population when our leadership has met the objectives set before them for steady growth,” NAA President Gregory Clark said in a message on Facebook.

Clark has asked all alumni who can to show up at the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) meeting today and support President Larry Robinson as he delivers his presentation.

“We need to show up in numbers in Orange & Green,” Clark said.

Rattler Nation reported in January that the presidents of FAMU, Florida International, and the University of Central Florida are pushing forward with their plans for enrollment growth despite harsh questioning on the issue from some members of the BOG.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Florida gubernatorial frontrunner supports peer-to-peer comparisons for PBF metrics

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam after speaking at the
Spring 2016 FAMU Commencement Ceremony
The frontrunner in the Florida gubernatorial race appears to like one of state Rep. Ramon Alexander’s ideas for changing the performance-based funding (PBF) metrics.

The Tampa Bay Times reported on a talk Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, gave before the Florida Chamber of Commerce Learners to Earners Workforce Summit on June 12th.

According to the newspaper, “he said the state needed to set standards that all universities must meet and new metrics to compare those schools to their peers in other states.”

Alexander, an alumnus of Florida A&M University, co-led a bipartisan effort to overhaul the PBF metrics during the last legislative session with House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. Alexander and Rodrigues don’t think it’s right to compare State University System of Florida (SUS) schools with different sizes and missions against each other for PBF.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

No alumna of FAMU has held one of the 11 appointed BOT seats since 2016

More than a year has passed since an alumna of Florida A&M University served in one of the 11 appointed seats on the Board of Trustees (BOT).

Belinda Shannon was the last alumna of FAMU to receive an appointment to the BOT. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011 and served until 2016.

For Fall 2017, 6,428 of the total 9,909 students at FAMU were women. That’s 64 percent. But there are no women who graduated from FAMU in any of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU BOT.

Six of the appointed seats are filled by the governor and the other five are filled by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). The last two trustees are the elected Faculty Senate president and Student Government Association president.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

55% of FSU students are women, but 72% of the appointed FSU trustees are alumni men

Source: FSU Office of Institutional Research
Most of the students at the two public universities in Tallahassee are women. But the Florida governor's office and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) have mostly appointed men to the Boards of Trustees of those schools. Very few women get to vote in board decisions at Florida A&M University or Florida State University.

At FAMU there are only two women in the 11 appointed BOT seats. There currently aren’t any alumni women who hold gubernatorial or BOG appointments on the board. The only woman on the FAMU BOT who has a FAMU degree is Faculty Senate President Betty A. Grable.

But for Fall 2017, 6,428 of the total 9,909 students at FAMU were women. That’s 64 percent.

At FSU, 23,352 of the total 41,900 students for Fall 2017 were women. That’s 55 percent. But alumni men hold eight out of the 11 appointed BOT seats, which is 72 percent.

Only two women hold appointed seats on the FSU BOT. One is Kathryn Ballard, who is an alumna of FSU. Another is Emily Fleming Duda. Her biography on the FSU Trustee Directory doesn’t state whether she is an alumna of FSU.

The third woman on the FSU Board of Trustees is Stacey Pierre, who was elected student body president.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

FAMU, PVAMU, NCA&T set sights on 12,000+ students

Florida A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, and North Carolina A&T University are all looking to enroll at least 12,000 students in the near future.

FAMU President Larry Robinson is working to bring a total of 12,000+ students to the university by 2020. He has defended that plan despite the reaction from some members of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) who have raised harsh questions about student growth at FAMU, Florida International University, and the University of Central Florida.

According to an article in the Tallahassee Democrat: “Robinson said he believes FAMU can effectively handle an enrollment of 12,000 students” when asked about the issue by BOG members.

“We have the (academic and student) services available, but we are reallocating and restructuring some of that to make it possible,” Robinson said in a quote from that article.

Monday, March 12, 2018

SUS schools got $1.9B from net tuition/fees in FYE 2016, $150M from state investment PBF

Summer 2016 Commencement at FAMU
State University System of Florida (SUS) schools still get much more money from net student tuition and fees than they do for performance-based funding (PBF).

Back in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2016, the SUS schools that competed for PBF got $1.9B from net tuition and fees and only $150M from state investment PBF dollars. The schools were also able to keep $250M for “restoration of base funds.”

Monday, March 05, 2018

Rodrigues, Alexander tell BOG to fix PBF system to ensure an “equitable distribution” of money

Last week, the News Service of Florida reported that the Florida House of Representatives has “backed off a plan that called for the university system’s Board of Governors to create a performance-funding system based on individual school performance, rather than ranking the schools against each other, with the bottom three losing out on state performance money.”

But the House is still telling the BOG to get moving on working out a plan to make the performance-based funding (PBF) system fair. House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, has sponsored Amendment 843425 to the committee substitute for Senate Bill 4. It says that “by October 1, 2019, the Board of Governors, in consultation with the state universities, shall submit to the Legislature recommendations for future consideration on the most efficient process to achieve a complete performance-based continuous improvement model focused on outcomes that provides for the equitable distribution of performance funds.”

The News Service of Florida reported that he wants the changes to include providing PBF money based “‘continuous improvement’ by the schools regardless of how they are ranked against each other.”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Overhaul of performance-based funding proposed by Alexander, House leaders gaining support

Rep. Ramon Alexander, Rep. Ray Wesley Rodrigues, Rep. Larry Ahern, and Rep. Mel Ponder
State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, has gained some important allies in his effort to overhaul the performance-based funding (PBF) system for public universities. House Majority Leader Ray Wesley Rodrigues, R-Estero, Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, and Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, have all given their backing to a set of changes that Alexander says will make the PBF metrics fairer.

The revisions are now part of HB 423, which Rodrigues is sponsoring. The bill received a favorable vote from the Post-Secondary Subcommittee on January 17th with a committee substitution. Last week, the bill also received a favorable vote from the Higher Education Subcommittee on February 6th. Ahern is the subcommittee chair, Ponder is the vice-chair, and Alexander is a member.

“Each university will compete against its own past performance” instead of against other SUS schools

Back in December, Alexander discussed PBF during a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Facebook Live. He said that it isn’t right to compare State University System of Florida (SUS) schools with different sizes and missions against each other for PBF.

“When you look at the University of Florida, 90 percent of their students are on Bright Futures. At FAMU, 87 percent of our students are on need-based aid,” Alexander said.

He added: “To compare the University of North Florida to the University of Florida, you have more of a regional institution, than a university that has depth in research, is not fair.”

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Alexander working to build bipartisan coalition to overhaul performance-based funding system

L-R: Rep. Ray Wesley Rodrigues, Rep. Larry Ahern, and Rep. Mel Ponder
State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, is working across party lines in his effort to overhaul the performance-based funding (PBF) system used by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

“We’re getting bipartisan support in the legislature to address this issue,” he said during a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Facebook Live in December.

Alexander says that the BOG changes the performance metrics each year in ways that benefit many of the biggest universities and deny any new PBF funding to the “Bottom 3” no matter how much they improve. 

“This ‘Bottom 3’ concept within the Board of Governors is a flawed system,” he said. “It is a tiered system, And it is not in the best interests of all of our state universities.”

Alexander said that this is bad for Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, New College of Florida, the University of North Florida, and the University of West Florida.

Friday, January 26, 2018

BOG confirms Robinson as FAMU’s 12th president

Yesterday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) unanimously voted to confirm Larry Robinson, Ph.D., as the 12th permanent president of Florida A&M University (FAMU).

On November 30, 2017, the FAMU Board of Trustees unanimously selected Robinson to serve as the 12th president of the university.

During the confirmation process, the BOG cited Robinson as an “outstanding scholar and researcher” and reviewed his contributions to the University. His record of service to the Rattler community includes serving as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2005; serving as chief operating officer in 2007, as interim president from July 2012 to March 2014, and most recently serving as interim president beginning September 15, 2016.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Alexander says BOG’s performance funding system unfair to FAMU, FGCU, NCF, UNF, UWF

On December 12, 2017, state Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, held a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Facebook Live. He used to event to explain why he’s building support to change the system that provides performance-based funding (PBF) to the State University System schools in Florida.

“It’s not fair,” Alexander said. “And just like the criminal justice system is designed for our future to fail, the way our current State University System funding model is set up, it is designed for institutions like Florida A&M University to fail.”

Alexander is a former FAMU student body president and currently represents both FAMU and Florida State University in the legislature.

FAMU has only received new PBF money two times in the four years of the program. It received $11,509,132 for 2016-2017 based mainly on metrics from the previous year. FAMU maintained the same overall score on the metrics the next year, but received $0 in new PBF.

“Last year FAMU received a 65,” Alexander said. “We received a 65 again and we got penalized. Every time FAMU goes up, they change the game in the middle of the game. We have to push the reset button. And we have to figure out how to function. The system is designed for Florida A&M University to fail.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FAMU, FIU, UCF presidents refusing to back down from their enrollment growth plans

The presidents of Florida A&M, Florida International, and the University of Central Florida are pushing forward with their plans for enrollment growth despite harsh questioning on the issue from some members of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

UCF and FIU have been called on to defend their big student numbers at BOG meetings ever since they both surpassed the University of Florida in enrollment.

Back in 2009, UCF took UF’s former title as the largest in Florida. 

In Fall 2016, UCF was the still the biggest in the state with 64,318 students and the second largest in the country behind Arizona State University. FIU was the second largest in Florida with 55,112 students.