FSU, FAMU increase points in SUS performance based funding metrics
The Board of Governors approved a plan last week to allocate $560 million in performance funds for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
The money comes from $265 million in state investments, and $295 million coming from individual university investments. The total equals the total amount available each fiscal year since 2018-2019.
Universities are judged on how well they perform in categories designated by the Board of Governors.
Florida A&M University’s overall points increased from 73 in 2020 to 79 in 2021, marking its highest increase in history. FAMU will get $12.65 million from the state investment along with $14 million from its own investment, for a total of $26.7 million in performance based funding.
Florida State University’s overall points increased from 85 in 2020 to 88 in 2021. It will receive $41 million in state funding and $45.7 million in institutional funding for a total of $86.7 million.
University of Florida’s points decreased from 90 in 2020 to 87 in 2021. It will receive $50.1 million from the state investment and $55.9 million of its own investment for a total of over $106 million.
Highlights for this year’s system performance includes:
The State University System continues to produce more bachelor’s degrees in programs of strategic emphasis such as STEM.
Median wages of bachelor’s graduates who are employed full-time one year after graduation now exceeds $40,000.
Median wages for graduates are $40,000 or higher at 10 institutions, with graduates of Florida Poly and the University of Florida posting the highest median wages in 2018-19, earning $56,300 and $48,500, respectively.
Nine institutions improved in four-year graduation rates, including FAMU.
FSU continues at No. 1 with a 73.8% four-year graduation rate.
Florida A&M appoints Robert Seniors CIO and AVP for IT Services
Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson has appointed Robert T. Seniors as chief information officer/associate vice president for Information Technology Services.
The appointment was effective June 25. Seniors will report directly to Robinson.
A computer science graduate of FAMU, Seniors first joined the University in 1997 as a coordinator of technology in the then-School of General Studies. The following year, he moved to the Office of University Planning and Analysis as a specialist of computer systems control. After a stint as director of technology, Seniors was promoted to vice president for Information Technology and CIO in 2007.
FAMU names Kelly McMurray AVP for Strategic Planning, Analysis
Kelly McMurray has been named associate vice president for Strategic Planning, Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness at Florida A&M University.
McMurray, who started June 14, succeeds Beverly Barrington, who retired this spring.
McMurray comes to FAMU from Albany State University, where she served as vice president for Institutional Effectiveness since 2019.
McMurray earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University before completing a master’s in applied mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University. She earned her Ph.D. in educational policy studies, with a concentration in research, measurement, and statistics at Georgia State University, Atlanta in 2010.
Leaders of FAMU’s COVID response team join WH panel discussion
Two leaders of Florida A&M University’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts addressed a White House workshop last week on efforts to combat vaccine hesitancy among college age students.
Rica Calhoun, chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, and Tanya Tatum, director of the FAMU Student Health Services, spoke at the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge webinar.
The initiative is a partnership between the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.
Calhoun, chair of the Continuity of Operations Task Force, and Tatum, incident commander for the pandemic response, both outlined steps being taken on campus to encourage students to get vaccinated.
The session was moderated by 2014 FAMU graduate Larry Bowden Jr., special assistant to the Secretary of Education.
FSU’S Center for Athletic Coaching partners with AVCA
Florida State University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching, known as FSU COACH, has formed a new partnership with the American Volleyball Coaches Association, or AVCA.
As part of the partnership, FSU COACH will be the official coach education provider for AVCA.
AVCA will link members to FSU COACH programming opportunities for those interested in formalized professional development. The center also will serve in an advisory capacity to AVCA members on best practices.
FSU COACH, which was launched in the fall of 2019, is designed to meet the growing demand for well-trained athletic coaches at all levels of competition, from school and amateur leagues to professional organizations.
TCC to expand training at Ghazvini Center for Health Care Education
Tallahassee Community College’s Ghazvini Center for Health Care Education received more than $1.3 million in state funds to expand the nursing program’s simulation center.
According to the Florida Center for Nursing, the supply of RNs has grown about 7.4% since 2015. However, the state lost about 1,300 nurses to retirement in 2016-17, and more are aging out.
In response, TCC is increasing capacity and program offerings, including its BSN program which launched in 2016, but additional support is needed.
Stephanie Solomon, Dean of Healthcare Professions, said the center’s simulation center is used daily by students in dental assisting/hygiene, EMS, respiratory therapy, and nursing. The expansion will allow the college to increase training to meet local healthcare employment needs.
For more information, contact healthcare professions at email@example.com or 850-558-4500.
TCC to hold Adult Education Commencement ceremony in July
Tallahassee Community College is hosting a graduation ceremony for more than a dozen students receiving their GED diploma at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 22.
The ceremony will be held at the Turner Auditorium at the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the College’s main campus.
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