Showing posts with label budget. Show all posts
Showing posts with label budget. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Williams: Direct engagement with president, GOP is paying off for HBCUs

By Harry L. Williams
President and CEO
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

A few months ago, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) was proud to welcome the presidents and chancellors from 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to Washington, D.C. for the second annual HBCU Fly-In held in conjunction with the leadership of Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.), who are both members of the very important, bipartisan HBCU Caucus.

My experience as a former HBCU president and now leader of TMCF, working on behalf of our 47 publicly-supported HBCUs, gives me a broad perspective on the federal government’s partnership with HBCUs, as delivered through this event’s multiple listening sessions and direct engagement opportunities with members of Congress and senior leadership within the Trump Administration.

Thanks to the commitment of dozens of our HBCU presidents and chancellors who attended our inaugural convening and this year’s fly-in, we’re beginning to see major developments from several federal agencies looking to increase support for HBCUs and to create more opportunities for our scholars.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Thurston, Rouson, Powell move to boost FAMU’s recurring funding by $4.5M

L-R: Sen. Perry E. Thurston, Jr., Sen. Darryl Rouson, and Sen. Bobby Powell
A late budget amendment in the Florida Senate sponsored by Sen. Perry E. Thurston, Jr. and supported by Sen. Darryl Rouson and Sen. Bobby Powell boosted recurring revenue for Florida A&M University up by $4,500,000, taking it from the originally approved $70,592,150 to a total of $75,092,150. The Florida Senate adopted the amendment on Wednesday, February 7th.

The amendment transferred $6,000,000 from the “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence” to “FAMU Operational Support.” It then shifted $1,500,000 from “FAMU Operational Support” to nonrecurring money for “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence.”

That $75,092,150 would be a $1,132,699 boost over the $73,959,451 for general revenue that FAMU received for 2017-2018.

The Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives are still a far way off from a budget deal. The House voted to cut general revenue at FAMU down to $60,171,856, which would be a painful $13,787,595 reduction from what FAMU had last year.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

FAMU expects to receive $1.7M from World Class Faculty and Scholar Program

In 2017-2018, Florida A&M University expects to receive $1,748,715 from the World Class Faculty and Scholar Program. The FAMU Division of Finance and Administration included the estimate in the Budget Workbook it prepared for this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Florida Legislature approved the program in the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017 (CS/CS/SB 374) that it sent to governor’s desk on June 5. Gov. Rick Scott still hasn’t announced whether he will veto the bill.

According to the act: “The World Class Faculty and Scholar Program is established to fund and support the efforts of state universities to recruit and retain exemplary faculty and research scholars. It is the intent of the Legislature to elevate the national competitiveness of Florida’s state universities through faculty and scholar recruitment and retention.”

The act goes on to describe that the funds from the program may be used for: “investments in research-centric cluster hires, faculty research and research commercialization efforts, instructional and research infrastructure, undergraduate student participation in research, professional development, awards for outstanding performance, and postdoctoral fellowships.”

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

FAMU could receive $1.9M from Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program

BEST Program Orientation for July Bar Exam at FAMU Law
For the 2017-2018 year, Florida A&M University expects to receive $1,959,398 from the State University Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program. The FAMU Division of Finance and Administration included the estimate in the Budget Workbook it prepared for this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Florida Legislature approved the program in the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017 (CS/CS/SB 374) that it sent to governor’s desk on June 5. Gov. Rick Scott still hasn’t announced whether he will veto the bill.

The language in the act says that: “The State University Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program is established to fund and support the efforts of state universities to enhance the quality and excellence of professional and graduate schools and degree programs in medicine, law, and business and expand the economic impact of state universities.”

Monday, June 05, 2017

FAMU the only public university spared from Scott’s veto pen

Florida A&M was the only public university that Gov. Rick Scott chose to spare from his veto pen this year. Every other public university took line item vetoes in the 2017-2018 General Appropriations Act that the governor signed last week.

New College of Florida, which isn’t classified as a university but is still part of the State University System of Florida, also escaped line item vetoes from Scott.

FAMU’s line items in this year’s appropriations bill include: $1.5M for the Crestview Education Center, $1M for “increasing online course offerings,” and $3.5M for the Center for Access and Student Success.

Florida State University, which is led by Scott’s former reelection campaign Chair John Thrasher, took $20,897,730 in line item vetoes. Scott slashed: $8M for the Interdisciplinary Research Commercialization Building, $5M for the Stem Teaching Lab, $4M for Land Acquisition, $1M for College of Law Scholarships/Faculty, $700,000 for the Health Equity Research Institute, $608,111 for the Florida Campus Compact, $489,619 for Evaluation of Behavioral Health System of Care in Florida at the FSU Medical School, $300,000 for the Next Generation Ultra-High Field Magnets, $300,000 for the Charles Hilton Endowed Professorship, $250,000 for the Pepper Center Long Term Care Proposal, and $250,000 for the Learning System Institute.

Out of all the public universities that took line item vetoes, Florida Polytechnic had the smallest amount removed. It lost $150,000 for a “Feasibility Study to Relocate the Florida Highway Patrol Academy to” its campus.

View the full list of line item vetoes here.

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.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

BOT was told performance funds would cover student losses, but Mangum now calling for $10.5M cut

Back at a FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) committee meeting on June 9, Chairman Kelvin Lawson said the BOT had been told that performance funds would be used to cover the projected $10M loss in tuition and fees due to an expected decline in enrollment for 2016-2017.

“$10M of the $11M [in performance funding] was applied to what we called an enrollment gap,” Lawson said.

On June 22, the Florida Board of Governors officially announced that FAMU would receive $11,509,132 in performance funds. But now FAMU President Elmira Mangum has told her staff to prepare for a $10.5M cut due to the enrollment decline.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

NCA&T gained $4M boost in tuition and fees during 2014-2015 as FAMU took $9.2M loss

The Rattler football team took a 40-21 loss as the Aggies' homecoming opponent in 2014
North Carolina A&T University took FAMU’s former title as the #1 largest single campus historically black college or university in 2014-2015. It also gained a multi-million dollar boost in its tuition and fee revenue due, in part, to its enrollment increase that year.

“Tuition  and  fees  increased  by  $4,002,160.32  or  7.63%,  due  to  increases  in  fee  rates  as  well  as  enrollment increases,  particularly  in  out-of-state  students,” the Management's Discussion & Analysis section of the 2015 financial audit for NCA&T stated.

NCA&T enrolled 10,725 students in Fall 2014. A total of 2,230 of them, or 20 percent, were from out-of-state. The six-year graduation rate at NCA&T (for the class that began Fall 2008) was 49 percent.

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.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

$10M expected loss from enrollment drop depletes 90% of FAMU’s performance funds

Performance funding in the State University System of Florida (SUS) is supposed to give schools an extra boost. But most of the performance funds that FAMU expects to receive will be used to plug the budget hole created by the projected drop in enrollment for 2016-2017.

FAMU expects to lose 920 students in 2016-2017, which will lead to budget cuts.

“The FY 16-17 budget has been prepared with an anticipated 920-student decline in enrollment,” the FAMU Division of Finance and Administration said in a budget workbook for the Board of Trustees (BOT). “The decrease in enrollment is expected to be off-set by reallocation of vacant positions, performance base funding, and budget adjustments to all divisions’ operating budgets.”

Thursday, June 09, 2016

FAMU lost $9M+ due to enrollment drop in 15-16, expects to lose 920 students in 16-17

The Florida auditor general reported that FAMU lost $9.2M in tuition and fees due its enrollment drop in 2014-2015. Today, the FAMU Division of Finance and Administration told the Board of Trustees (BOT) that the university lost more than $9M after the enrollment decline this year.

“The increase or decline in enrollment not only results changes to the tuition and fees revenues but also to revenues from sales and services,” the division said in the BOT budget workbook.  “The significant enrollment decline which occurred in the current fiscal year resulted in a decline in tuition and fees revenues in excess of $9 million.”

FAMU had 10,738 students in Fall 2013. That went down to 10,233 students in Fall 2014 for a loss of 505. FAMU lost another 313 students in Fall 2015 for a total of 9,920.

The university expects to lose 920 students in 2016-2017, which will lead to more budget cuts.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

State audit: FAMU lost $9.2M in tuition and fees in 2014-2015, mainly due to enrollment drop

FAMU is paying big for the continuing decline in enrollment.

The "Management's Discussion and Analysis" section of the 2014-2015 financial statement audit for FAMU said the enrollment drop caused FAMU to lose millions in tuition and fees in 2014-2015.

“Net student tuition and fees decreased by $9.2 million, or 17.1 percent, as compared to the 2013-2014 fiscal year,” the section said. “This decrease was due primarily to a decline in enrollment.”

FAMU had 10,738 students in Fall 2013. That went down to 10,233 students in Fall 2014 for a loss of 505.

Monday, February 01, 2016

New House, Senate budgets still don’t say Joint Council is charge of COE money

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner
House bill (top) and Senate bill (bottom)
Both chambers of the Florida Legislature released their proposed 2016-2017 budgets last week. Neither one states that the Joint College of Engineering Governance Council will be in charge of the money goes to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).

Last year, the House of Representatives and Senate agreed to appropriate $12,999,685 to the COE. The new House budget bill has $13,451,572 for the COE and the Senate budget bill includes $13,241,710.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Federal budget could bring opportunities to FAMU

By Anthony W. Hopson
Florida A&M University Government Relations

On December 18, 2015, as Rattlers across the country were dispersing for their holiday break, the United States Congress was meeting its self-imposed deadline to fund the federal government by authorizing a large federal spending bill known as an Omnibus.

Congress passed the 2,000 page omnibus spending bill (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016) with bipartisan support. The massive spending bill includes some increases in spending for federal agencies that align with the strategic initiatives of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Criser memo in Tallahassee Democrat doesn’t mention separate FSU engineering budget

Last week, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a memo written by Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Chancellor Marshall Criser, III that discussed the recent changes at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). The memo defended the shift of the $12,996,539 core operating budget for the COE from the FAMU general revenue line item in the General Appropriations Act to a new budget entity entitled “FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.”

“Furthermore, the College’s shared financial structure is enhanced, not reduced, by the establishment of a separate appropriation category in the 2015-2016 General Appropriations Act,” Criser wrote. “The new category renews the College’s focus on its state’s investment and on its expenditures and is a crucial step toward establishing a College that truly operates in unison.”

But the memo as it appeared in the Democrat didn't mention that Florida State University still has a separate budget of more than $5 million that pays for about 38 FSU professors at the COE. That money is not part of the new “FAMU/FSU College of Engineering” budget entity that the BOG asked the legislature to put in the General Appropriations Act.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thrasher: FSU will be the new fiscal agent for FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

UPDATE (2:45 p.m.): Today, Florida State University President John Thrasher told his Board of Trustees that FAMU agreed to transfer its fiscal agent status for the College of Engineering to FSU.

“Not that Florida A&M was not doing a good job, but FAMU has agreed that we should be the fiscal agent of the college. That will begin July 1,” Thrasher said.

Draft minutes from a FSU board conference call on June 3 show that Thrasher announced that FSU would be the new fiscal agent for the FAMU-FSU Board of Trustees during that meeting. But the FAMU Board of Trustees did not take a vote to hand the fiscal agent designation over to FSU before Thrasher made those comments on June 3.

The FSU trustees unanimously approved the draft minutes from the June 3 conference call during their meeting today.

ORIGINAL STORY: According to the draft minutes from a Florida State University (FSU) Board of Trustees conference call on June 3, President John Thrasher said that FSU will be the new fiscal agent for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). FAMU has served as the fiscal agent/budget manager since 1987.

The statement by Thrasher came two days after a joint press release from FAMU and FSU announced that COE Dean Yaw Yeboah would step down on July 31. The June 1 release added that “the tenure home for the next dean will rotate to Florida A&M University.” FSU had served as the tenure home of all the deans since 1987.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FAMU’s general revenue appropriation shrinks to lowest level since 2012

At the end of this year’s legislative session, FAMU ended up with the lowest general revenue appropriation that it has had since 2012.

FAMU received $66,611,060 in its “General Revenue” line item for 2015-2016. That is the smallest since 2012, when FAMU finished the session with $65,584,450 in general revenue.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scott spares all FAMU’s PECO line items for second consecutive year

Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast at FAMU in 2015
Gov. Rick Scott has spared all of FAMU’s line items from the Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) fund for the second consecutive year.

Yesterday, Scott used his line item veto pen to slash a record $461.4 million from the 2015-2016 appropriations bill before signing a $78.2 billion budget for Florida. But the governor opted to leave all of FAMU’s appropriations intact.

The money includes $1,480,000 for the completion of Phase II of the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. FAMU also received a big $6,155,000 to begin constructing a brand new Student Affairs building. Those projects will both be funded with PECO dollars.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Legislature approves $6.2M for new FAMU student affairs complex, $1.4M for Pharmacy Phase II

During the final hours of the 2015 special legislative session, the Florida Legislature approved several items that will help enhance the University’s capacity for academic excellence. Approved items include $6.2 million of PECO funds for the planning and design of a new student affairs building, and $1.4 million to complete the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) Phase II building.

The new student affairs complex is an essential part of the university’s long-term plan to revitalize its 128-year-old campus, improve customer service, and promote efficiency and effectiveness. Upon completion, the building’s total cost is estimated to be about $36 million and will combine under one roof many essential student services that are currently scattered across the campus.