Showing posts with label recruitment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recruitment. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

FAMU’s new transfer program partnership with Florida colleges ignites statewide impact

Community college students in Florida who have their sights set on pursuing a bachelor’s degree are flocking to the new Florida A&M University (FAMU) transfer student program titled, “IGNITE.”

In partnership with Florida College Systems (FCS) schools and community colleges, the program offers an alternative option for students to earn their degree after completing their associate’s degree. The 2+2 system (two years at community college, two years at the University) helps students to reduce the overall cost of attending a four-year university, in addition to reducing debt by offering scholarship programs and helping to eliminate excess credit hours.

“We’ve had previous partnerships with state colleges, but IGNITE is more rigorous because it provides a more streamlined approach to engaging students from high school graduation all the way to community college graduation,” said William Hudson, Jr., vice president of Student Affairs, who plans to add additional partners to the program in the near future.

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 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, January 22, 2018

FAMU establishes recruitment pipeline with KIPP Jacksonville charter schools

KIPP, a network of public charter schools with three schools in Jacksonville, recently hosted a kick-off event to celebrate its new partnership with Florida A&M University (FAMU). The collaboration will work to help more KIPP alumni prepare to attend and finish degrees at FAMU.

FAMU leaders, including Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rodner Wright and Kelvin Lawson, chairman of FAMU’s Board of Trustees and a Jacksonville resident, joined KIPP Jacksonville leaders, students, and staff Friday at the KIPP Impact Middle School campus to celebrate the signing of partnership agreement.

The FAMU partnership is KIPP’s third college partnership in the state of Florida, joining Florida State College at Jacksonville and the University of North Florida. Prior to the event, FAMU and local alumni held a high school recruitment fair on Thursday night and signed 89 new scholars.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Florida Classic kicks off with reception and successful FAMU recruitment fair

The Florida Blue Florida Classic Weekend kicked off in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night with a formal reception at the beautiful Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. The reception marked the 38th year of the FAMU-Bethune Cookman football rivalry.

During the reception, FAMU trustees and Orlando community leaders Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. and businessman Harold Mills were among those honored with the 2017 Bob Billingslea Florida Classic Award. Directly after the reception, nationally-acclaimed comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer took the stage, filling the room of hundreds of Rattlers and Wildcats with laugh-after-laugh. The comedy show also featured opening acts by J.J. Williamson and Malik S.

On Friday morning, Rattler leaders, alumni, recruiters and students headed to the Orlando Hilton for the University’s annual Education Fair. Entertainment for more than 1,500 Rattler hopefuls was provided by the renowned FAMU Connection performance group. Alumna, actress, and director T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh joined Interim President Larry Robinson, Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson Jr., and representatives of the Royal Court, Presidential Ambassadors, and Student Government Association to showcase to high school students why they should choose the No.1 public HBCU, FAMU. Top local scholars were accepted on the spot.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

FAMU leaders to recruit students in Tampa Bay during Tampa Classic Football Weekend

Florida A&M University (FAMU) leaders, recruiters, students, and alumni are preparing to head to Tampa this weekend with the goal of recruiting the area’s best and brightest high school students.

The event is a part of the Tampa Classic Football Weekend, where the FAMU Rattlers will take on the Tennessee State University Tigers at Raymond James Stadium, which will take place at 6 p.m., on Saturday, September 16.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

FAMU to award nine $50,000 scholarships to Grand Rapids high school students

William Hudson, vice president of student affairs at Florida A&M University, visited Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids Michigan on May 19 to announce a new pipeline program between Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and FAMU.

As part of the pipeline, FAMU will award nine $50,000 scholarships to Ottawa Hills students.

Hudson said that many talented Michigan students choose to attend FAMU and the new partnership will help the university enroll even more.

“We have a strong alumni base here that does a great job in recruiting students and letting them know the benefits of higher education and specifically what we have to offer at Florida A&M University,” Hudson said in an interview with WZZM 13 news. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Partnership helps TCC students become Rattlers

By Deja L. Allen
Florida A&M University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) continues to enhance the “TCC2FAMU” partnership with Tallahassee Community College (TCC) after years of producing successful transfer students through the program.

Earlier this year, students gained tons of information about the program during FAMU Advisement Day at TCC, hosted by the Office of University Retention.

During the program, TCC students interested in attending FAMU were able to speak with representatives from each of FAMU’s colleges and schools.

Friday, February 24, 2017

FAMU recruits students at HBCU Black College Expo Tour in Los Angeles

By Carmen Cummings-Martin
FAMU Office of Alumni Affairs

The HBCU Black College Expo Tour welcomed more than 1000 high school students Feb. 11. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was among more than 150 colleges and universities recruiting the best and brightest college prospects. Interim University President Larry Robinson and First Lady Sharon Robinson enjoyed greeting and chatting with students and parents. They were joined by the FAMU recruitment team, which includes Student Affairs Vice President, William Hudson, Jr., Alumni Affairs Executive Director Carmen Cummings, TaQuasha Freeman of the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, and alumni leaders Tirrell Hamilton and Arthur Davis of the FAMU National Alumni Association Los Angeles Chapter.

The FAMU Exhibit was one of the most popular as many of the students inquired about FAMU’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FAMU offers more than $900K to scholars at Jacksonville recruiting event

More than $900,000 in scholarships from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) were offered to students during a Jacksonville recruiting event on Jan. 12.

Nearly 600 students attended the event at Jean Ribault Senior High School, which included a highly entertaining and enlightening song and dance presentation provided by the university student group FAMU Connection.

In addition to scholarship notifications, a second highlight of the program was an opportunity for interested students and parents to learn more about the outstanding programs available at FAMU. Admissions counselors and representatives from the university’s 14 colleges and schools were on hand to provide information and answer questions from prospective students.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

FAMU announces $5M initiative for student scholarships and recruitment

On Saturday, Nov. 19, at the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson, announced a $5 million initiative to support scholarships for student retention and recruitment, as well as scholastic enhancement and faculty investment.

Earlier this week, the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors approved the initiative to help the University increase its graduation rate, enhance academic programs, and recruit top talent. Leaders from the FAMU Foundation and FAMU Board of Trustees, as well as prominent alumni, joined Robinson on the football field for the announcement at Camping World Stadium.

Friday, November 18, 2016

FAMU to recruit thousands of students during Orlando’s Florida Classic

This weekend, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) community will make its way to Orlando, Florida to participate in the largest historically Black college or university (HBCU) football event in the nation – the Florida Blue Florida Classic.

Taking place on November 19 at Camping World Stadium, the Florida Classic is the annual rivalry between the FAMU Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats. Since its inception, in 1978, the game has attracted more than 1.5 million spectators. The Florida Classic is a tradition that draws FAMU alumni and supporters from across the country.

Adding to that tradition is a special recruitment event designed to introduce students and their families to the FAMU programs that have led to its emergence as the No. 1 public HBCU in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

FAMU pursues Florida, Georgia National Merit Scholars with unique outreach event

Rising to Gov. Rick Scott’s challenge for every state university to become a National Merit sponsor, Florida A&M University (FAMU) leaders are meeting one-on-one with National Merit semifinalists this month to recruit the best and brightest students across Florida and Georgia.

Yesterday, FAMU Trustee Harold Mills hosted a reception for semifinalists from the Orlando area at his home in Windermere, Florida. Trustee Thomas Dortch Jr. will host an event for semifinalists in the Atlanta area at his Buckhead home on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

FAMU Board of Trustees members are working closely with Interim President Larry Robinson, senior staff, deans, and the Division of Student Affairs to ensure that FAMU meets and exceeds the state goal for each university to become a National Merit college sponsor.

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.

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 01, 2016

Aggies’ football success helping recruitment as Rattlers rebuild from Mangum, Winslow damage

FAMU alumna Tiffany Greene conducts postgame interview as NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin watches
On Friday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) preseason poll predicted that the North Carolina A&T Aggies will win the conference title for the third consecutive year. A&T went 10-2 (7-1 MEAC) in 2015.

The Greensboro News and Record reported that the A&T victory in the first Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in 2015, which earned the school the unofficial historically black college and university (HBCU) national football championship, brought lots of positive publicity to the university that has helped recruitment. That contest was broadcast on ABC.

NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin reversed the school’s decline in students in Fall 2014 after two straight years of falling enrollment caused by the federal financial aid program overhaul. The freshman, first-time student classes that Martin enrolled in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 both had 3.0+ average GPAs in high school. A&T is expecting more enrollment growth in Fall 2016.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Martin expanding NCA&T’s enrollment with freshman classes that have 3.0+ average GPAs

NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in 2015
North Carolina A&T University (NCA&T) Chancellor Harold Martin hasn’t placed quality aside as he has expanded enrollment. He reversed the school’s decline in students in Fall 2014 after two straight years of falling enrollment caused by the federal financial aid program overhaul. The freshman, first-time student classes that Martin enrolled in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 both had 3.0+ average GPAs in high school.

The NCA&T Institutional Research freshman profile data shows that the freshman classes in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 both had an average high school GPA of 3.28.

The freshman, first-time student classes at FAMU had slightly higher average GPAs at 3.34 in Fall 2014 and 3.40 in Fall 2015. That’s a difference of 0.06 and a 0.12 with NCA&T for those two years.

But the biggest difference is in the effect on the financial condition of the two universities.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

David 31 years late in realizing need for FAMU to recruit top student scholars like athletes

At the June 22 meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), FAMU Provost Marcella David spoke about the university’s efforts to recruit more transfer students who’ve finished associates of arts (A.A.) degrees. She told the BOG that she’d heard a good idea from some other higher education leaders.

“I’ve heard other presidents and provosts talking about recruiting students the way you recruit athletes and that’s one of the ways that we’re going to focus on, in particular, our transfer students, is recruiting them in the way that we recruit athletes as well,” David said. 

David is 31 years late in realizing the need for FAMU to recruit student scholars like athletes. Back when Frederick S. Humphries became the president of FAMU in 1985, he did just that. His top targets were the best performing high school students. Humphries' aggressive recruitment strategy was key to his success in taking FAMU to #1 in the recruitment of National Achievement Scholars and boosting overall enrollment numbers by more than 100 percent over his 16 years in office.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NCA&T determined to keep FAMU’s former title as nation’s largest single campus HBCU

North Carolina A&T took Florida A&M’s former title as the single largest historically black college or university (HBCU) in the nation back in 2014 and is determined to keep it.

Harold Martin, the chancellor of A&T, bragged about his university being No. 1 in HBCU enrollment while he sat beside FAMU President Elmira Mangum during a July 15, 2015 appearance before the Committee on Agriculture in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“With nearly 11,000 students, A&T is recognized as the largest among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities,” Martin told the committee.  

A&T topped FAMU in enrollment again during the Fall 2015. It had 10,852 students to the 9,920 at FAMU for a difference of 932.