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

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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hit the road, Cleve! BOG sends FAMU BOT chair packing

FAMU is finally rid of Cleve Warren.

Former FAMU Student Body President Tonnette Graham joined the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) in a unanimous vote to give Cleve the boot from the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) earlier this afternoon. Today was Graham’s last meeting as a member of the BOG. She held a seat on the BOG as part of her duties as chair of the Florida Student Association.

Cleve used his position of BOT chair to defend Mangum. But the BOT will have to elect a new chair to lead the discussion about whether it will renew Mangum’s contract. The BOT must start that discussion by June 30, 2016.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FAMU down to 2 appointed alumni trustees, UF has 9

University of Florida Board of Trustees in 2015
On Thursday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) will announce its appointment decision for FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) seat that has been vacant since January 6, 2015.

The governor’s office and BOG have appointed ten alumni to the BOT at the University of Florida. But they have only appointed two alumni to the BOT at Florida A&M, the only public historically black university in the state.  

Friday, May 06, 2016

May 12th BOG decision on vacant BOT seat carries high stakes for Mangum presidency

The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) will make its decision on whether to reappoint FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Cleve Warren at its meeting on Thursday, May 12th. Warren’s appointment expired on January 6, 2015.

BOG members Norman Tripp and Alan Levine reviewed applications for the seat and will present their recommendation.

The decision on the vacant seat carries high stakes for FAMU President Elmira Mangum. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Friday, March 18, 2016

FAMU improves in state performance-funding metrics

Florida A&M University has risen from last place in the 2015 state performance-funding metrics to eighth this year.

FAMU topped the University of North Florida (#11), the University of West Florida (#10), and New College of Florida (#9). Its total points earned (65) were only three less than those at Florida State University (68).

The Florida Board of Governors announced the scores during its meeting earlier this week.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Graham blasts FAMU administrators for nearly causing university to lose $2.3M

At the Thursday meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT), Student Body President Tonnette S. Graham criticized administration officials for nearly causing the university to lose its ability to spend $2.3M in student fees.

“Why did we almost lose $2.3M in CITF funds last month?” she asked during the BOT discussion of facilities.

The Capital Improvement Trust Fund (CITF) comes from student fees under Florida Statutes 1009.24. It states that: “An increase in the fee may occur only once each fiscal year and must be implemented beginning with the fall term. The Board of Governors shall adopt regulations and timetables to implement the fee.”

CITF money is used for campus facilities projects.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Joyner recommended confirming Carter after he publicly mocked FAMU alumni lawmakers

Florida Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner voted to recommend the confirmation of Matt Carter to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) last month despite his previous decision to publicly mock the FAMU alumni in the state legislature.

At the February 8, 2016 meeting of the Florida Senate Higher Education Committee, Joyner personally asked that Carter receive a favorable recommendation for confirmation.

“I’d like to move for confirmation of Mr. Carter,” she said.

The committee then unanimously approved Joyner’s motion. Carter, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, was later confirmed by the full Florida Senate for a term that ends on January 6, 2018.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Florida Senate confirms Carter and Washington’s appointments

On Thursday of last week, the Florida Senate confirmed the appointments of Matt Carter and Nicole Washington to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees.

Carter, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, was confirmed for a term that ends on January 6, 2018. Washington, an appointee of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), was confirmed for a term that ends on January 6, 2020.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Renovations, $371,738 at FAMU and $274,536 at FGCU, lead to testy exchanges

Front door at FAMU President’s House 
installed in Sept. 2014 for $11,519
Today, Florida A&M University is set to receive a report from Grant Thornton LLP that will include a review of controversial renovations at the on-campus President’s House.

On Oct. 1, the Florida auditor general’s office asked FAMU Vice-President Rick Givens to look into whether two purchase orders for renovations at the President’s House had received Board of Trustees approval. The first was issued February 13, 2014 and was for $300,209. The second, which was for a garage project, was issued on June 19, 2014 and was for $71,529.

The employment agreement between President Elmira Mangum and the BOT states that that the president “shall obtain prior approval from the Board (or its designee) for any capital improvements or repairs to the home or its grounds which have a project cost over $10,000.”

Friday, February 12, 2016

FAMU to receive outside review report on President’s House garage, bonuses on Feb. 16

On Tuesday of next week, Florida A&M University will receive a report from the firm hired to conduct an independent review of controversial capital improvements at the on-campus President’s House and bonuses that were awarded to members of President Elmira Mangum’s staff. 

FAMU Vice-President for Audit and Compliance Rick Givens told university trustees on Wednesday that Grant Thornton LLP was selected for the job and will submit its written conclusions on Feb. 16.

The FAMU internal auditor normally carries out such investigations. But the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to have an outside company do the review after Givens reported “potential interference with the work of Audit & Compliance” in an Oct. 21 email to then-Chairman Rufus Montgomery.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gamble hiring leads to more FAMU trustee questions about non-advertised positions

On Wednesday, FAMU trustees raised more questions about jobs that are filled without advertisement after receiving an update on the review of the hiring process that led to Santoras “Dee” Gamble’s employment.

Gamble pleaded guilty to the felony charge of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States in 2010 and received three years of probation. He was also required to pay a restitution amount of more than $122,000. Last year, FAMU Vice-President for Communications and External Relations Jimmy Miller hired Gamble to a $75,000 “special assistant” job.

The inspector general of the Florida Board of Governors asked the university in a September 9 email: “Has there been any review of this matter to confirm that FAMU followed the background and hiring process in hiring Gamble? If so, what was the result?”

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Carter gets big pat on the back from Scott after publicly mocking FAMU alumni lawmakers

Former Board of Governors (BOG) member Matthew Carter II has received a big pat on the back from Gov. Rick Scott after loudly scolding Florida A&M University alumni lawmakers who expressed concern about their alma mater in August.

On December 18, Scott appointed Carter to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). There’s already talk in Tallahassee that moving Carter from the BOG to FAMU is part of an effort to fast-track him into the FAMU chairmanship in time for a likely presidential search in the upcoming months. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether President Elmira Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Carter’s former colleagues on the BOG can create a vacancy in the FAMU chairmanship as soon as they get ready. Current Chairman Cleve Warren’s term expired more than a year ago on January 6, 2015.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Still no detailed answers from Scott, BOG about 50% reduction of FAMU alumni on BOT

Neither Gov. Rick Scott nor the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has released a detailed explanation for the recent decision to cut the number of Florida A&M alumni in the school’s appointed Board of Trustees (BOT) seats down by half. 

FAMU alumni currently only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s BOT, down from six last year. But Scott and the BOG have opted to continue to let alumni of the University of Florida and Florida State hold ten of the 11 appointed seats on their respective BOTs.