Showing posts with label Strategic Plan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Strategic Plan. Show all posts

Monday, June 14, 2010

Most SUS institutions have 6-year grad rates below 50%

FAMU aims for 49.7 percent six- year graduation rate by 2020.

In 2008, seven of the 11 State University System of Florida institutions graduated fewer than half of their students in six years. The average six-year graduation rate for the entire system was 53.1 percent.

The University of Florida led overall with 82 percent. FAMU had 41 percent. FAU came in last with 39 percent.

Considering the scarcity of on-campus housing in the SUS it’s no surprise that UF, which has a wealthy student body, is on top of the graduation rate list. The average family income for UF students is about $105,000 and only 21 percent of its full-time, first-time students receive Pell Grants. Most FAMU students come from families that make $30,000 or less. FAMU is also the only SUS member at which most of the full-time, first-time students receive Pell Grants, with a total of 52 percent.

It’s easy for most UF students to call their parents and get extra money for rent, car gas, and food when prices go up. The majority of FAMU students can’t do that. That's why most FAMU students have to take smaller course loads whenever the cost of college increases. Smaller courses loads hurt the university's six-year graduation rate. If FAMU had more campus housing, the cost of education would be lower and students could take bigger course loads.

FAMU’s new Strategic Plan calls for the university to achieve a 49.7 percent six-year graduation rate by 2020. That year, the university aims to have a total of 15,000 students, with about 2,500 enrolled in graduate programs.

FAMU's ongoing efforts to expand its on-campus housing capacity are a big part of its strategy for improving the six-year graduation rate. FAMU currently has 2,484 beds on campus. The renovation of Sampson and Young Halls (242 beds) by Fall 2011 and opening of the new Polkinghorne Village (800 beds) in Fall 2012 will take the total number of beds up to 3,526.

Monday, March 22, 2010

SBI developing B.S., M.S. in entrepreneurship

FAMU’s School of Business and Industry has a storied reputation for producing top-rate students who soar up the corporate ladder. New Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud wants to build upon that legacy by making SBI America’s premier training ground for black small business owners.

The FAMU Board of Trustees recently approved SBI’s plans to develop a bachelor of science and master of science in entrepreneurship.

“There is a dearth of viable small and minority businesses,” SBI officials wrote in the university’s Strategic Plan. “An emphasis in entrepreneurship can prepare aspiring business owners and promote job creation and wealth accumulation in the local, state and national environments, particularly in minority communities.”

A small business is an independent company that consists of fewer than 500 employees. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms, employ just over half of all private sector workers, and pay 44 percent of the country’s total payroll.

Small businesses are also responsible for most of America’s new jobs. They accounted for 64 percent (or 14.5 million) of the 22.5 million net new jobs (gains minus losses) between 1993 and the third quarter of 2008.

Florida’s three biggest public research universities already offer entrepreneurial instruction. FSU offers an undergraduate major in entrepreneurship. UF and USF offer a minor in entrepreneurship as well as a master of science degree in the field.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

FAMU to offer Florida’s first M.S. in athletic training

Nationally, only five percent of athletic trainers are minorities. FAMU’s School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS) wants to change that.

SOAHS recently unveiled plans for a master of science (M.S.) in athletic training. Currently, Florida universities have six undergraduate programs in this field, but no master’s degrees.

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, “accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition…More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.”

Athletic trainers are in heavy demand at secondary schools, colleges, professional sport organizations, hospitals, private medical offices, military bases, law enforcement offices, and performing arts centers.

FAMU officials anticipate a high number of applications for this degree program once it is launched.

Monday, November 16, 2009

J-School plans to offer degrees in digital media

With more and more Americans turning to the internet for their daily news, FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication is preparing a new digital media program to train students for this cutting-edge field.

The J-School has received Board of Trustees approval to initiate both a B.S. and M.S. in Digital Media. The undergraduate major will instruct students in areas such as graphic design and animation. The master’s degree will “appeal to students who wish to work in the industry as well as those who wish to teach at the high school or community college levels.”

The digital media program will build upon a variety of successful existing courses. The J-School already trains students in digital photography, digital video recording, and graphic design through post-production computer software. The digital media sequence will combine these strengths into a new degree.

FAMU’s digital media graduates will be prime candidates for not only reporting jobs, but also production and editing positions at Hollywood studios and private corporations.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

FAMU taking dental school proposal to BOG

Having secured a favorable vote from the Board of Trustees at last month’s meeting, FAMU’s College of Dental Medicine proposal faces another critical hurdle: Board of Governors approval. The BOG must authorize all new doctoral-level programs in the State University System of Florida.

Currently, there are only two dental schools for Florida’s more than 18 million residents. The University of Florida runs the only public dental school in the state. Nova Southeastern University also has a College of Dental Medicine.

A College of Dental Medicine "will build upon [FAMU’s] existing strengths in health disciplines,” university officials wrote in the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan. “The School would produce graduates from under-represented populations to serve underserved populations.”

A FAMU College of Dental Medicine would also be an asset to healthcare throughout the Big Bend area. Dental schools typically offer discounted services for low-income patients.

In planning the dental school, FAMU faculty and administrators have kept grant-raising in mind, too. Each year, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (part of the National Institutes of Health) offers millions of dollars for cutting-edge research. A FAMU dental school could bring more of this money into the state of Florida.

Cost could be a concern for the BOG. The Florida Legislature has cut huge multi-million dollar chunks out of the SUS budget during recent years. But, recent budget problems didn’t stop the BOG from approving an expensive new doctor of pharmacy program at the University of South Florida designed with explicit intent of competing against FAMU’s own College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

If the dental school is approved, FAMU will offer a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. The university is already pushing forward with plans to launch a B.S. in Dental Hygiene within the School of Allied Health. The Dental Hygiene degree will focus on “oral health of disadvantaged persons.”