I get it that FIU thinks their mission is to award degrees to local people who might otherwise have no chance to attend college. That reputation, however, doesn't do much for the value of said degree once you have it.
That is supposed to mean helping people who might otherwise have no chance to attend college because of the cost, not because they couldn't get in. Madique got that. Rosenberg has been failing in many areas since taking over.
The GPAs and SAT score of our freshman have always been very strong and led the state on several occasions. We also get some good students from Miami-Dade but we get a lot of folks that hurt the rankings and take forever to graduate.When I was at FIU In the 90's there were 2 FIUs:
A. 8,000 to 10,000 traditional and FT returning students/ transfers.
Some lived on campus. Many of who got active on campus clubs or intramural, joined frats and sororities, came to some campus events. Some lived on campus or close by. Still not always built in audience for FIU things because South Beach and the Grove were always calling but you can work with this group, they have the spare time.B. Another 15,000 to 20,000 part-time student who only came in after 5pm and we never saw or met.
Did not get involved with any FIU activities because it was just a something they did to advance their careers. Most already had kids and families.
As long as we have that imbalance this will be an issue. Rosenberg needs to focus on getting more of Group A to improve the schools academics, campus life, sports attendance and FIU's bank account in the long run. Group A is where the most of the people who have the emotional connection to FIU come from and will one day be willing to give to FIU.