Showing posts with label Robinson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robinson. Show all posts

Friday, July 13, 2018

FAMU’s president selected to serve on national STEM advisory panel

Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson has been appointed to serve on a new national advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 18 members to the panel, which was authorized by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The STEM Education Advisory Panel is composed of individuals from nonprofit, business, academic and informal education organizations.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on this inaugural panel of outstanding individuals,” said Robinson. “I look forward to working with them to advance our nation’s STEM agenda.”

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FAMU leadership meets with federal officials to discuss Center of Excellence

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been diligently meeting with the private sector, federal officials and key legislative staff over the last several months to discuss the establishment of a new Center of Excellence in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Construction and Infrastructure Technology Innovation Center of Excellence (CITIC) is an innovative multidisciplinary partnership between several of FAMU’s core academic schools, public partners and the private sector that is focused on global sustainable infrastructure. The Center of Excellence will create new STEM-based jobs within the state of Florida and will initially focus its efforts on energy development and the advancement of technologies that enhance the construction of affordable housing, roads, transportation infrastructure, as well as rapid and sustainable reconstruction following natural disasters.

“CITIC represents a part of a broader effort at FAMU to further apply the research, extension and outreach components of our land-grant mission toward entrepreneurship and technology commercialization,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson after a June CITIC meeting. “With the growing impact of our educational programs, enrollment, renowned faculty and researchers, FAMU stands ready to assist the construction sector in addressing critical requirements.”

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.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

FAMU president hosts leadership retreat

On May 18, Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson gathered more than a hundred of the university’s leaders at Bradley’s Pond for a retreat that served to kick off a new tradition for his administration, as well as prepare for the rollout of FAMU’s new customer service initiative, which is a component of its new five-year Strategic Plan, “FAMU Rising.”

FAMU’s vice presidents, deans, directors, associate and assistant vice presidents, associate and assistant deans, associate and assistant directors and other key staff gathered for day-long training, working sessions and information sharing to develop and discuss strategies focused on achieving institutional goals, as aligned with the Strategic Plan, President’s Goals and State Performance Metrics.

The event also focused on student success and innovative ways to offer remarkable student experiences. The president plans to host this event annually as a part of his commitment to customer service, performance and accountability.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

FAMU officials meet with Kenyan leaders as part of global partnership

Governor H.E. Cornel Amoth Rasanga and a delegation from Siaya County in Kenya, visited FAMU March 31 – April 2 and were hosted by President Larry Robinson and representatives from the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

At the invitation of FAMU, the Kenyan delegation came to Tallahassee to follow up on previous discussions regarding a unique memorandum of understanding between FAMU and the University of Nairobi, which includes an exchange program for faculty and students in the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, which is led by Dean Robert Taylor.

The partnership is in the process of being enhanced and will also include mutually beneficial research, technology, extension and educational training opportunities.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

SACSCOC on-site team has no recommendations for FAMU

Yesterday, Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson announced that on-site reviewers from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) shared favorable feedback with him following their visit.

“Our on-site team has informed us that Florida A&M University was in compliance and they didn’t have any recommendations,” Robinson said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat.

The visit was part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process that takes place every ten years. SACSCOC will decide this year whether to reaffirm FAMU’s accreditation through 2028. That decision will be based mainly on the report from the on-site team.

SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in 11 southern states. During the visit from March 26-29, the SACSCOC committee held several meetings and interviews with FAMU’s faculty, administrators, students and staff.

Friday, March 23, 2018

FAMU president joins Intel’s HBCU STEAM panel in D.C.

Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) President Larry Robinson joined a distinguished panel on March 20 on Capitol Hill for the first HBCU STEAM Day of Action. The Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Caucus and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Caucus hosted the event.

HBCU presidents and administrators from 34 schools and industry leaders met with congressmen and senior staff from both parties and in both chambers. The meetings focused on advocacy for bipartisan priorities impacting HBCUs and increased efforts to diversify their workforce.

During a panel hosted by Intel, Robinson shared his perspective on the significant investments that public and private partners should be prepared to make to impact HBCUs.

Intel is among corporate partners contributing more than $500,000 to FAMU for scholarships and training students majoring in STEM disciplines. Barbara Whye, vice president of Human Resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Intel Corporation was also on the panel.

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.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

FAMU president announces statewide recruitment tour

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson will launch his first statewide recruitment tour as the University’s 12th president on Friday, March 9.

“The President’s Tour” is part of the University’s strategic enrollment management plan to attract the state’s top scholars by exposing them to the life-changing educational experiences provided by FAMU’s faculty and staff.

The tour will begin in Pensacola on March 9 at Booker T. Washington High School with stops in Gainesville, Lake Worth, and Davie. It will end in Miami, Fla. on Monday, March 12 at Miami Jackson High School.

During the tour, Robinson, will give a special presentation to high school students and their families about why they should choose FAMU, and accomplished alumni in their respective fields will give personal testimonials about how FAMU impacted their lives. They will be joined by other alumni, student representatives, faculty, deans, administrators, and recruiters who will interact with potential students as well as admit top scholars on the spot.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rattlers join #NeverAgain rally at Florida capitol

Yesterday, dozens of students from Florida A&M University marched to the state capitol in support of the #NeverAgain rally. Student Government Association (SGA) President Devin Harrison and SGA Director of Student Lobbying Arriona Tindell led more than 50 Rattlers in the walk from the campus to the capitol grounds.

President Larry Robinson accompanied the students as marched to the rally site.

The #NeverAgain demonstration demanded stronger state and federal gun control legislation following the Feb. 14 shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that took the lives of 17 teachers and students.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

FAMU president visits LA to recruit students, discuss diversity in Silicon Valley

Florida A&M University (FAMU) headed to Los Angeles, California this past weekend to recruit the next generation of Rattlers and continue its focus on promoting tech education and tech entrepreneurship during events in Silicon Valley.

President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson, Jr., Ph.D., and leaders from the FAMU National Alumni Association attended the nation’s largest HBCU recruitment fair “The Black College Expo” on Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where they connected with thousands of students and local alumni. High school students lined up at FAMU’s booth all day to learn about life on the “Hill” and attended workshops. Robinson participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Why Attend An HBCU.”

While in California, Robinson visited several key players in Silicon Valley to discuss partnership opportunities, as the University continues to emerge as a leader in helping to diversify the tech industry.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Robinson sets goal of 10,409 students with another 3.0+ GPA freshman class in Fall 2018

Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson wants FAMU to cross the 10,000 student benchmark in Fall 2018 with another strong class of freshmen.

One of his 2017-2018 Annual Goals is to recruit enough students for FAMU to enroll 10,409 in Fall 2018 with another freshman class that has a 3.0+ average GPA.

For Fall 2017, FAMU had a total of 9,913 students. The freshman class had an average GPA of 3.39. Its average SAT score was higher than the Florida and national averages.

FAMU is currently the second smallest university in the State University of System of Florida. It and Florida Polytechnic University, which has only been a university since 2014, are the only two schools that don’t currently have at least 10,000 students.

The enrollment increase in Fall 2017 helped FAMU improve its Moody’s Investors Service outlook from “negative” in 2016 to now “stable.”

Robinson, Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg, and University of Central Florida President John Hitt are refusing to back down on their plans for enrollment increases even though some Florida Board of Governors have questioned the student growth at those three schools.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that FAMU is the second smallest school in the SUS. That should have read that FAMU is the second smallest university in the SUS. 

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.

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. 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Henry named executive assistant to FAMU president

Longtime FAMU employee Cynthia Henry has been named executive assistant to President Larry Robinson. She assumed the new role following the retirement of former assistant Ora Mukes on December 31, 2017.

Henry has been a part of the FAMU family for more than 30 years.  Her valuable experience includes significant responsibilities in budgeting, grants development and research processes.

“I have previously worked with Cynthia Henry in the FAMU School of the Environment while serving as an administrator, professor and principal investigator. Her attention to detail and superb interpersonal skills will continue to serve the FAMU community well,” said Robinson.

Robinson praised the contributions of Mukes. She came out of retirement to assist him and the Office of the President in September 2016 when he was appointed interim president.

“Mrs. Mukes answered the call and returned to FAMU to help with multiple facets of coordinating activities of the president’s office.  She will be missed,” said Robinson.

Henry’s appointment is effective immediately.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Enrollment growth following Mangum’s exit helps lead to improved Moody’s outlook for FAMU

The enrollment growth that followed the exit of former President Elmira Mangum has helped Florida A&M University gain an improved outlook from Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s has changed its outlook for FAMU from “negative” under Mangum in 2016 to “stable” as of December 19, 2017.  

“The stable outlook incorporates expectations of stabilizing enrollment, management's commitment to maintaining operating equilibrium and stable to growing state support,” a Moody’s press release stated.”

The press released added that: “The outlook also is also predicated on strong demand for the dormitory system with ongoing debt service coverage above 1.2x.”

Interim President Larry Robinson reversed the five year enrollment decline in Fall 2017. FAMU now has 9,913 students, which is 299 more than last year. The average GPA for the freshman class is 3.39. FAMU freshmen also posted a 1077 average on the SAT, which is above the Florida average and the national average.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

FAMU welcomes U.S. secretary of agriculture

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Florida A&M University on Friday, December 8, to hold a roundtable discussion on youth in agriculture. The secretary was greeted by Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson, alumnus and Congressman Al Lawson, and the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Robert Taylor before meeting with Florida agriculture youth leaders from FAMU, 4-H, FFA, MANRRS, and Florida extension staff and University professors.

Discussion topics included how to ensure young people are well-informed about the multiple job opportunities that exist within the agriculture industry, as well as how to dispel myths about what agriculture means to our country.