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‘Complacent Legislature’ is stifling FIU’s progress

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 PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 5:47 pm   
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This place — Florida International University — is unstoppable!” remarked Stanley Fish, a noted public intellectual, during the school’s 2006 faculty convocation. He was talking about FIU’s meteoric rise to the highest research classification in the year 2000, a mere 28 years after it opened its doors. Now, however, one of the anchor institutions of South Florida has hit a brick wall and is stumbling.  

The derailment began in 2013 when the University of Florida and its passionate supporters got the state Legislature to create a new “elite” state university category called “pre-eminent” universities.

The requirements were skewed in UF’s favor. Of the 12 measures, UF met 12. FIU? 0.

This year, the Legislature established yet another category of state universities. This time, it was USF that pushed for a new category — the “emerging pre-eminent” university, which met half the criteria, and would receive $5 million a year of additional funding. UCF expects that it will soon meet the criteria to jump on that bandwagon.

This new initiative would leave FIU among the seven little dwarfs of the state university system with no access to special preeminent or emerging preeminent funding and with a funding formula stacked against us.

The dominant dimension of the new funding formula is the six-year graduation rate, which correlates closely with incoming SAT scores. FIU’s current fall SATs are the lowest in 10 years. Most of the prestigious national rankings such as U.S. News & World Report also use incoming SAT scores to rate the nation’s top 200 universities. FIU does not make the list.

We simply must boost our performance in this metric and admit students who perform better on the SAT. Cutting FIU’s enrollment by 20 percent would accomplish this by redirecting the lowest scoring students and improving first-year retention-graduation rates. Today, FIU brings in about 3,000 freshmen each year. This number would be cut by 600.

Florida should be proud that the only majority Hispanic, highest research university in the country exists here in Miami. Instead, state policy, a complacent Legislature, an uninformed community and a dormant Board of Trustees have allowed the trajectory of this one-time rising star of higher education to be interrupted and potentially relegated to third-tier status within the state university system. It is time for action.



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 PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 5:51 pm   
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Great to see Maidique still showing strong interest in FIU's future. It seems Maidique does not agree with Rosenberg's 60k students plan. Points to our incoming freshmen SAT being the lowest in 10 years.

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 PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:22 pm   
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I'm starting to lose a lot of faith in Rosenberg. Athletics and academics going down the toilet.


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 PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:14 pm   
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Sexpanther1029 wrote:
I'm starting to lose a lot of faith in Rosenberg. Athletics and academics going down the toilet.


+1 Met him once at a spring game. Sat with me for a while, seemed to sincerely want a successful program, but the results speak for themselves.
And this Maidique piece is just depressing and demoralizing.
But other than that, have a nice day, lol.


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 PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:46 pm   
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He will not waiver from the 65k by 2020. Even if he has to pack them into the current campus configuration. It's his legacy don't you know.

We can't be everything to everyone. How much is he willing to let things slip. From day one I've said no to 65k, were are regressing into MDC with a football stadium.


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