Showing posts with label Enrollment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Enrollment. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

State audit: FAMU lost $1.4M in tuition and fees in 2015-2016, mainly due to enrollment drop

The enrollment decline continued to hurt FAMU’s budget last fiscal year.

Florida Auditor General Sherrill F. Norman said that the enrollment drop was the main factor that caused FAMU to lose more than a million dollars in tuition and fees in 2015-2016.

“Net student tuition and fees decreased by $1.4 million, or 3.1 percent, as compared to the 2014-15 fiscal year,” Norman wrote in her 2015-2016 financial audit for FAMU. “This decrease was due primarily to a decline in enrollment.” 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FAMU finishes FYE 2016 with 11,178 students

FAMU’s enrollment fell for the fifth consecutive fiscal year in 2016. The university’s 12-month unduplicated headcount for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 was 11,178. That was a decline of 312 students from the previous fiscal year, when the total enrollment was 11,490.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NCA&T gained $4M in tuition and fees during 2015-2016 as FAMU took $9M+ loss

North Carolina A&T University remains the #1 largest single campus historically black college or university. It took that title from FAMU back in 2014-2015.

The enrollment at NCA&T has continued to increase since then. NCA&T had a total of 10,852 students in Fall 2015. But FAMU’s student numbers slid down to 9,920. That cost FAMU $9M+ from tuition and fee losses.

NCA&T had an increase of about $4M in tuition and fees due to its enrollment bump in 2015-2016.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Saunders-White leaves NCCU with MEAC crown, enrollment up, freshman GPAs at 3.22

On November 26, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) received the sad news that Chancellor Debra Saunders-White had died after a battle with cancer.

Saunders-White was a first-rate leader whose many accomplishments have created a brighter future for NCCU.

The Eagles won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football championship in 2016 and played in the second annual Celebration Bowl, which was broadcast by ABC. That appearance on national television provided another boost to the “enhanced recruitment efforts” Saunders-White implemented to help the university.

Monday, December 19, 2016

FAMU working to prevent enrollment financial losses from becoming SACS problem

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has continued to show that it isn’t interested in hearing any excuses from institutions that are going through financial struggles due to enrollment declines.

Earlier this month, Bennett College announced that SACS had placed it on probation due, in large part, to financial problems. According to the Greensboro News & Record, “the financial struggles at Bennett, a private women’s college, have been closely linked with a decline in enrollment. Enrollment has fallen by nearly half since it peaked in 2010 at 780 students. This fall, enrollment stood at 403 students.”

The newspaper added that Bennett had a $2M deficit in 2014 and a deficit of about $1.25M in 2015. SACS cited Bennett for not complying with standards on the “Governing Board,” “Financial resources and stability,” and “Financial stability.”

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Athletic fee losses from enrollment decline reduced funds for critical Bragg repairs

Yesterday, many so-called Rattlers who didn’t care about the multi-million dollar enrollment decline under former President Elmira Mangum threw fits on Facebook over news about a financial problem that was made worse by those student loses. 

Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver discussed the details that Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. and Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole shared during a Board of Trustees workshop.

“FAMU must spend $622,000 for structural repairs and internal stair replacement or [Bragg Memorial Stadium] will not be cleared for fall competition,” Culver tweeted yesterday.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Meyers had strong enrollment management skills that Mangum lacked

At her last FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, then-President Elmira Mangum defended her enrollment decline that cost the university millions of dollars.

“Quantity does have to be sacrificed in order to get quality,” she told the BOT.

The enrollment trends at public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) like North Carolina A&T University (NCA&T) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) show that the claim Mangum made isn’t true.

NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin and the late NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White didn’t place quality aside as they expanded enrollment. Both succeeded in reversing the enrollment declines at their schools while also bringing in freshmen classes that had 3.0+ average GPAs.

Carolyn Meyers was another top administrator at a public HBCU who enlarged the quantity of her student body without any negative effect on quality.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Inadequate enrollment went uncorrected while Warren was chair at Profectus, FAMU

Corey Alston and Cleve Warren were two individuals with unimpressive professional records who still managed to get appointed to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) due to politics. Both were also connected to serious financial controversies involving Florida charter schools.

The Obama Academy for Boys and Red Shoe Charter School for Girls co-founded by Alston closed in 2015 after Broward County Public Schools found big financial accountability problems at the institutions. The Valor Academy of Leadership and Virtue Arts and Science Academy co-founded by Warren will close on December 21 following dire financial problems found by Duval County Public Schools.

Warren is the chairman of the Profectus Learning Systems Board of Directors that runs the two Duval County-based academies, which offer single-gender middle schools and high schools. He admitted that the schools ran into trouble because they didn’t enroll enough students.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Rattler Nation: Stories you read here first during the Mangum years (Part 2)

Many supporters of former FAMU President Elmira Mangum didn’t want to talk about her poor treatment of the university faculty or the millions FAMU lost due to her enrollment decline. But full coverage of those issues was available here on Rattler Nation. 

Jackson speaks out about Mangum administration’s treatment of FAMU faculty
One of the top viewed stories of all Rattler Nation’s posts on Mangum was the one that included the full text of the open letter written by School of Business and Industry Professor Annette Singleton Jackson.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Moody’s downgrades FAMU dormitory bond rating, cites Mangum’s enrollment decline

The millions FAMU lost in tuition and fees due to declining enrollment under former President Elmira Mangum has now played a big role in hurting the school’s dormitory bond rating.

Last week, a press release by Moody’s Investors Service announced the company’s decision to downgrade to “Baa1” FAMU’s $38 million Series 2012A Dormitory Revenue Bonds issued by the Division of Bond Finance on behalf of the Florida Board of Governors. It reported that the “outlook is negative.”

Mangum began her presidency on April 1, 2014. Eight months later, on December 1, 2014, Moody’s gave FAMU an “A3” rating, which is one level higher than the new 2016 rating of “Baa1.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mangum leaves FAMU with enrollment down to 9,612 students

The enrollment news at FAMU is bad. But it isn’t as bad as expected.

FAMU’s enrollment in Fall 2015 dropped to 9,920 (down from 10,233 in Fall 2014) under President Elmira Mangum. That loss of 313 students, with the rest of the student losses from that year, cost FAMU $9M+ in tuition and fees.

FAMU expected to lose about another $10.5M in tuition and fees due to its projected enrollment of 9,000, a loss of 920 students, in 2016-2017.

But Mangum told the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) during her final president’s report on September 15 that the university had 9,612 students for Fall 2016. That’s more than originally projected, but still a loss of 308 students from the previous fall.

Monday, September 26, 2016

NCA&T enrollment rises to more than 11,150 students, freshman GPAs at 3.48

With total enrollment numbers exceeding 11,150 students for the 2016-17 academic year, North Carolina A&T State University remains the largest single campus historically black college or university (HBCU) in the nation.

This year’s reported three percent increase over the 2015-16 academic year also marks an incremental ten percent increase for the university over the last three years’ enrollment of 10,561, 10,725 and 10,852 respectively.

With an average GPA of 3.48 and SAT score of 933, the new 1,969 Aggies who make up the freshmen class of 2020 represents A&T's steady progression toward A&T Preeminence 2020: Embracing Our Past, Creating Our Future, exemplifying one of the university's core strategies to "Recruit and retain gifted students by providing an academically challenging environment."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Student losses under Mangum could be more than entire population of Fisk, Wiley, or Dillard

FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s poor enrollment management would be enough to put some historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out of business.

FAMU’s enrollment in Fall 2015 dropped to 9,920 (down from 10,233 in Fall 2014) under Mangum. That loss of 313 students, with the rest of the student losses from that year, cost FAMU $9M+ in tuition and fees. FAMU expects to lose about another $10.5M in tuition and fees due to its projected loss of 920 students in 2016-2017. That is a potential total of 1,233 students.

That type of enrollment decline would shut the doors of a number HBCUs.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cost of Mangum’s exit will be much less than cost of her projected $10.5M enrollment decline

On Thursday, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) is scheduled to vote on an exit plan for President Elmira Mangum.

An article in the Florida Times-Union reported that the agreement “allows Mangum to take administrative leave for the remainder of her contract that expires March 31. Under the agreement, Mangum would still be eligible for a one-year sabbatical and tenured faculty position after that. The Board of Trustees would also pay her moving expenses to vacate the president's mansion up to $7,500, as well as a portion of her attorney's fees, anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. Mangum would let trustees know by October 2017 if she did not want to take the faculty position.”

That means FAMU would pay Mangum the remainder of her full $425,000 salary (about $35,416 per month) from September 15 until the end of her contract on April 1st and then pay her another $425,000 for a sabbatical year for 2017-2018. She’d also be eligible to return to FAMU as a tenured professor at a salary of 90 percent of her former presidential pay ($382,500) for 2018-2019.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Abdullah boosts VSU freshman enrollment by 30%, recruiting more students from Florida

From the west coast to the east coast, Virginia State University (VSU) welcomed nearly 1,000 new freshmen to the Land of Troy. The Class of 2020 represents a 30 percent increase from last year’s freshman class. VSU has projected an overall enrollment increase of five percent for Fall 2016.

“It's a new year and a new season for Virginia State University,” said VSU President Makola Abdullah. “I am confident that our faculty and staff will assist the Class of 2020 and the rest of the Trojan student body succeed and transform their academic experience beyond their dreams and aspirations. We pride ourselves as a university whose role is to provide a transformative experience for our students and embrace our role as Virginia’s opportunity university."

The Class of 2020 is the first class under Abdullah’s administration.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Op-ed: All Ammons’ freshman classes had 3.0+ average GPAs

On Monday, the Tallahassee Democrat’s website posted an op-ed written by William J. Miller, III, a graduate of the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry. Miller pointed out that all the freshman classes that entered FAMU during the presidency of James H. Ammons (2007-2012) had 3.0+ average GPAs from high school.

From the op-ed “Ammons’ students were well-qualified”:

There are false, but enduring, claims that former President James Ammons grew student numbers largely by admitting young women and men who performed poorly in high school. And then, the story continues, enrollment tumbled after the current administration decided to restrict enrollment mainly to high performing students.

Such is the perception of many who have not checked the facts.

FAMU Fact Book data proves that all full-time, first-time-in-college students Ammons admitted held an average high school grade point average that exceeded the 3.0 benchmark. In other words, all his freshman classes entered with “B” averages.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Vasilinda needs more context for his coverage of FAMU’s enrollment decline

Mike Vasilinda of the Capitol News Service does lots of good reporting of FAMU. That’s why Rattler Nation regularly posts his video news stories here. On Wednesday, this blog posted his wrap-up of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting.

But Vasilinda needs to follow-up his Thursday story on FAMU’s enrollment decline with another one that has the important context that wasn’t included in the first. He also has some mistakes to correct.

Vasilinda wrote that “this fall marks the fifth anniversary of the hazing death of Florida A&M University Drum Major Robert Champion. The University settled the case for $1.1 million and an apology.”

FAMU actually settled with the Champion family for $300,000. That money was paid by the Florida Department of Financial Services. The Champion family settled with the insurer of the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, where hazing ritual took place, for $800,000.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FAMU BOT didn’t approve $19.5M in tuition and fee losses as an enrollment strategy

Yesterday, FAMU President Elmira Mangum defended her administration’s recruitment and enrollment management practices in a guest column for HBCU Digest. She claimed that the continuing enrollment decline is a “byproduct of success.”

“Unlike other universities with declining enrollment, FAMU does not have a problem with student recruitment,” Mangum wrote. “Instead, our decline is the byproduct of success in graduating students and in the University’s policy change to recruit more college-ready students.”

An increase in the number of students who are graduating doesn't mean that an enrollment decline has to happen. A university can recruit more students to replace the ones who are graduating. An effort to recruit a bigger number of college-ready students doesn't mean that enrollment has to decline, either. A university can recruit college-ready students and grow its enrollment at the same time.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Carter not accepting excuses for FAMU’s continuing enrollment decline

FAMU’s enrollment in Fall 2015 dropped to 9,920 (down from 10,233 in Fall 2014) under President Elmira Mangum. The university expects to lose another 920 students in 2016-2017.

In her self-evaluation for 2015-2016, Mangum suggested that the enrollment decline was needed in order to make sure FAMU has students who can help it do well on the performance metrics of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

“Moving to a culture focused on student success and college readiness rather than the size of enrollment was an important change and undertaking that reinforces and demonstrates recognition of state and national trends for accountability,” Mangum wrote. “Significant progress was made as evidenced by our improvement scores on the [State University System of Florida] established performance metrics and movement into the top eight of the performance funding ranking.”

But FAMU Trustee Matt Carter, who helped set up the BOG’s performance metrics system while he was a member of that board, isn’t accepting excuses for the continuing enrollment decline.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Saunders-White used “enhanced recruitment efforts” to reverse NCCU’s enrollment decline

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Chancellor Debra Saunders-White used aggressive recruitment and new partnerships for dual degrees to help reverse the two year enrollment decline at her school.

NCCU had two straight years of falling enrollment caused by the federal financial aid program overhaul in 2011. Enrollment went from 8,604 in Fall 2012 to 8,093 in Fall 2013. It then went down again in Fall 2014 to 7,687.

The decline in Fall 2014 cost the university millions of dollars in tuition and fees.

“Revenues from tuition and fees decreased by $2.1 million due to the five-percent decrease in full-time equivalent students,” according to the Management’s Discussion & Analysis section of the university’s 2014-2015 state financial audit.