BOG: Castell's right
In her presentation last week to the Board of Governors task force, interim Florida A&M President Castell Bryant took a swipe at the crown jewel from FAMU's glory days: Its recruitment of National Achievement scholars. Sure, FAMU used to get 'em, Bryant said, as many stories have pointed out, including this one from the St. Petersburg Times. But it didn't keep as many as you'd think, she said.
The less-than-stellar stats she flashed to task force members were pretty much backed up this week by the BOG. Only 45 percent of the 1997 cohort of National Achievement finalists and semi-finalists at FAMU, for example, had graduated in four years, according to BOG data requested by The Gradebook. Only 59 percent had graduated in five years. Not atrocious, maybe. But considering National Achievement scholars are among the smartest kids in the country, not exactly rockin' either.
Even more worrisome: The grad rates for everybody else. Only 16 percent of the rest of the 1997 freshman class had graduated in four years; less than a third had graduated in five years. Some might be led to wonder: Were FAMU's glory days really that glorious?
- Ron Matus, state education reporter