Florida Memorial University Cuts 18 Academic Programs, Reduces Salaries

This past July, historically Black Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens was placed on “probation for good cause” by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. (See JBHE post.)

Earlier, this month the accrediting agency outlined steps the university must take to remain accredited. The statement issued by the accreditor read in part:

“FMU’s leadership team and board of trustees have held meetings with SACSCOC and the United Negro College Fund consultants, who have extensive experience dealing with accreditation matters in higher education. Additionally, the university engaged with Gray Associates, a leading strategy consulting firm, which utilizes a data-driven process to optimize course and program offerings. Their assessment revealed that FMU has a number of programs with extremely low enrollment. Based on the recommendations of SACSCOC and external consultants, the university must consider consolidating, revamping, and/or eliminating some of the current degree programs that are underperforming.”

As a result, the university has now announced that it is discontinuing 18 low enrollment, underperforming degree programs, which will result in the elimination of 15 faculty positions (eight current and seven vacant). In addition, salaries of those administrators making $60,000 or more will be reduced by 10 percent. This pay cut will also be applied to some faculty members. The administration has implemented a hiring freeze in noncritical areas, reduced universitywide travel, and cut department budgets by up to 30 percent, effective immediately.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs