Showing posts with label BOG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BOG. Show all posts

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. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

BOG reappoints Moore to FAMU BOT

Yesterday, the Florida Board of Governors reappointed Kimberly Moore to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT). She will begin her new term when her current term ends on January 6, 2018. Her reappointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Moore, who works as vice-president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College, has served on the FAMU BOT since June 21, 2013. FAMU trustees elected her as vice-chair on June 10, 2016.  

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

FAMU BOT’s reappointment of Robinson, request for waiver of presidential search requirement on BOG agenda

Two big items on the presidency of Florida A&M University are on the agenda for the Thursday meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

The BOG will vote on whether to confirm the reappointment of Larry Robinson as interim president and also discuss the FAMU Board of Trustees’ request for a waiver of the requirement for a national search.

Robinson began his third stint as FAMU interim president on September 15, 2016. The BOT voted on September 12, 2017 to extend his contract for one year with an expiration date of September 14, 2018.

In a letter to BOG Chair Thomas Kuntz dated September 29, 2017, FAMU BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson wrote that the trustees supported the contract extension because “continuity and stability is necessary during this period of SACS reaccreditation and the presidential search process. Therefore, the FAMU BOT has reaffirmed its confidence in Dr. Robinson’s established leadership and demonstrated commitment to direct its activities during this transition.”

BOG to decide Moore’s future as a FAMU trustee

Tomorrow, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) will reveal its decision on the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) seat that will become vacant on January 6, 2018.

The seat is currently held by Kimberly Moore, who also serves as vice-chair of the FAMU BOT. The BOG originally appointed her on June 21, 2013.

Moore serves as vice-president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). She came to TCC in 2013 from WORKFORCE plus. Moore joined the company in 2001 and served as its CEO from 2005 until 2012.

Prior to her stint at WORKFORCE plus, Moore worked at TCC as a senior workforce development specialist.

Moore earned an associate of arts degree from TCC in 1993, a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Florida State University in 1995, and a master of business administration degree from Webster University in 2006.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FAMU presents aggressive plan to enhance student success, university performance

Last week, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., presented the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) with plans to enhance student success, strengthen academic programs and improve University operations.

Robinson was among state university leaders presenting their 2017 Work Plans during the BOG’s June meeting. His presentation highlighted initiatives designed to improve student outcomes, including increasing retention and graduation rates. These efforts include enhancing the University’s student advisement system, restructuring recruitment and enrollment management, and expanding academic support services.

Robinson also pointed to FAMU’s recent success in acquiring external funding and leveraging partnerships to generate additional support to increase student success outcomes.  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Morton, Tripp should both be removed from BOG

Last week, comments by Board of Governors (BOG) member Ed Morton brought negative news coverage to the entire State University System of Florida.

According to the Capital News Service, “While discussing the pay gap between men and women graduates, Board of Governors member Ed Morton said this, ‘The women are given, maybe some of it is genetic, I don’t know. I’m not smart enough to know the difference.’”

The story made national news, with stories running in the Washington Post and USA TODAY. Gov. Rick Scott, who gave Morton his appointment to the BOG, denounced the statement and the Orlando Sentinel named Morton its “Chump of the Week.” Morton apologized. But the National Organization for Women said that’s not enough and has called for him to step down.

Morton should definitely leave the BOG and Norman Tripp should go with him.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SB 2 could help FAMU’s access rate funding, but make grad rate funding more difficult

Florida Senate President Joe Negron at FAMU in April, 2016
Senate Bill (SB) 2 could make it more difficult for Florida A&M University to get performance funds based on its graduation rate. But FAMU would likely qualify for more performance funds based on its access rate, which could be invested into helping students finish college quicker.

SB 2 would change the preferred performance funding measure for State University System of Florida (SUS) graduation rates from six years to four years. That would hurt FAMU, which had the lowest four year graduation rate in the SUS in 2015 at 13.4 percent. The University of West Florida was at 19.4 percent and Florida Gulf Coast University was at 19.9 percent.

But SB 2 could help FAMU gain a larger share of the performance funding dollars in the access rate category. The Florida Board of Governors (BOG), which distributes performance funds, defines the access rate as “the number of undergraduates, enrolled during the fall term, who received a Pellgrant during the fall term.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Alexander says changes to grad rate measure in performance funding are unfair to FAMU

Yesterday, State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, cast a “no” vote against a bill that would change the preferred performance funding measure for public university graduation rates from six years to four years.

According to the News Service of Florida, “The Senate wants to measure university undergraduate programs on a four-year graduation basis. The House also would use a four-year measure, but would add a six-year measure with weighting for four-year graduations.”

Alexander opposed the bill (HB 3), which passed with an 11-3 vote during a meeting of the House Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee. He said: “this proposal in many respects will have a negative impact on Florida A&M University.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Performance-based funding a problem, but it isn’t “killing” FAMU

Rattler Nation has written for years about why funding in the State University System of Florida (SUS) shouldn’t be tied to six-year graduation rates. FAMU has had a course load cliff for years. Most FAMU students have to take smaller course loads whenever the cost of college increases. Smaller course loads hurt the FAMU six-year graduation rate.

Six-year graduation rates are currently one part of the performance funding metrics of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). That’s a problem. But it isn’t “killing” FAMU.

SUS schools that don’t meet the minimum performance standards can lose a capped amount of “institutional investment” money that comes out of their annual appropriation from the legislature. FAMU hasn’t lost any money due to that because it has met the minimum standards each year.

Friday, November 04, 2016

BOG “confirms” Robinson’s appointment

Yesterday afternoon, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) voted to approve Larry Robinson’s appointment as interim president of Florida A&M University.

The BOG’s policy of “confirming” the presidential selections of public university boards of trustees has a controversial past. Back in 2009, state Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) introduced a bill that clarified the fact that only university trustees had power to appoint and supervise the chief executives of their respective schools. It was widely seen as a rebuff of the BOG’s attempt to gain more control over presidential hiring and evaluation decisions.

Gaetz’s bill passed in both the Florida Senate and House of Representatives. It had the support of FAMU advocates such as then-Sen. Al Lawson. Gov. Charlie Crist signed it into law on June 23, 2009.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Most FAMU “excellence” areas for performance-funding came from Robinson, Wright's year

Earlier this year, the administration of then-President Elmira Mangum sent out a press release that bragged about FAMU’s improvement in the state performance-funding metrics.

“The improvements shown in our 2014-2015 performance metrics are a reflection of the FAMU community unifying to ensure progression in our student success efforts,” Mangum said in the announcement.

Larry Robinson and Rodner Wright’s names weren’t mentioned even though most of the “marks of excellence” FAMU received were based on data or work from the 2013-2014 year.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Student losses take most of FAMU's $11.5M performance funds, FSU's $35M being invested

Not having to scramble to find money for a multi-million dollar enrollment nosedive really makes a difference.

Yesterday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) announced performance funding amounts for the State University System of Florida.

Florida State University received $35,574,608 in performance funds. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, “FSU said the money will be used to hire top professors in the STEM fields, along with student support services. It also will be invested in the university’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement program, which supports first-generation college students.”

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Petition credits Mangum for performance metrics work that happened before she arrived

The petition by  “Rattlers4FAMU Real Rattlers” that asks the FAMU Board of Trustees to grant President Elmira Mangum a contract extension gives her administration credit for all of the university’s improvement in state performance-funding metrics.

“Dr. Mangum has brought stable and strong leadership to FAMU that has led to increases in the unfair BOG performance metrics,” the petition claims.

But most of the “marks of excellence” that FAMU received on the Florida Board of Governors performance-funding metrics were actually based on data or work from the 2013-2014 year.

Monday, May 16, 2016

FAMU going through fifth BOT chair change in less than 14 months

The chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees has changed five times in less than 14 months. Tensions between the administration of FAMU President Elmira Mangum and top Republican officials in Florida have been at the center of all the shake-ups.

Back on August 23, 2014, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that included the following comments that Mangum made about FAMU Trustee Rufus Montgomery, who Gov. Rick Scott appointed in 2011: “Reminded that Montgomery is closely affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to FAMU’s board, Mangum responded: ‘What does that say about the people that appointed him?’”

The governor won his reelection race just over two months after Mangum made that statement about Rufus in the Democrat. Mangum later agreed to continue the tradition of hosting the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on the FAMU campus. But Rufus, who was then vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the president refused to let the university reimburse the travel expenses of certain trustees who wanted to attend the prayer breakfast.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Warren was another low-quality trustee with no loyalty to FAMU

For years the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has declined many excellent applications for the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) in order to appoint low-quality individuals like Cleve Warren. The BOG finally got rid of Warren yesterday after he spent years hurting FAMU.

The end of Warren’s time on the BOT came after he chose to keep silent about FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s slights against top Republican politicians in the state of Florida.

Warren didn’t lift a finger to help when FAMU lost budget authority for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering after 28 years or after the vice-president for audit and compliance reported “potential interference” in his work. He also didn’t speak out about the terrible media relations by the current administration.