Strike Right or Strikeout?: Part I
Founded on October 3, 1887, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), a member of Florida’s State University System (SUS) is the third-largest Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States. FAMU was ranked number seven on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 ( https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu) list of the best HBCUs.
For the past decade or so, across the country, there has been a heated debate about the relevance and necessity of HBCUs. This context puts FAMU, HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in a precarious position as federal budgets for education continue to dwindle, with the effects trickling down to state government and the public universities funded by their respective state budgets. According to the Southern Education Foundation, as of 2014, 30 states had adopted performance funding models– ( https://www.southerneducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Performance-Funding-at-MSIs-Report.pdf) policies that provide economic incentives to colleges and universities to improve their student and institutional outcomes.
In 2015, FAMU’s leadership began the arduous task of adjusting its strategic plan ( https://www.famu.edu/Strategic/FAMU%20Strategic%20Plan%202017-2022%20Final_reduced%20size.pdf ) in response to the rapidly changing landscape of higher education- including the Florida Board of Governor’s adoption of a performance-based funding (PBF) model. The Board of Governors’ is the agency that regulates the State University System, comprised of 11 universities across the state.
Your deliverables for Part I of this case, to be discussed and debated in real-time during class, requires you to analyze the solutions developed by the leadership and administration of FAMU in its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.
As a required reflexive response in your SSJ, document your thoughts on if the plan strikes right or strikes out. How do you justify your position? What is your analysis of the strategic plan?
Be prepared to engage in a dialogue based on your reflexive notes in class on Wednesday.
Note to Readers: This “library” case, “Strike Right or Strikeout?”, has been designed using publically available information and references FAMU’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan as a relevant analytical tool. The Southern Education Foundation’s report on performance-based funding (PBFs) at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) provides an interpretive framework to draw upon. “Strike Right or Strike Out?” is for undergraduate students enrolled in the Principles of Management course facilitated by Professor LaTanya White. It is a mini-case with deliverables that are divided into three parts.
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