Understanding institutional transformation
Peeples, Yarbrah Tamia
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The economic recession of 2007 forced many higher education institutions across the country to restructure; however, public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were disproportionally affected, specifically by the decline in governmental appropriations to higher education. In Florida, state appropriations declined to all of the four-year public institutions, but Florida A&M University (FAMU), the state’s only public HBCU, was severely affected experiencing $35 million in reductions to their state allocations between 2007-2010. The purpose of this study was to explore academic and administrative restructuring at a public, historically Black, doctoral/research university. This study investigates the impetus for and implications of restructuring at FAMU between the initiation of the restructuring planning process in September of 2010 through the approval of the restructuring plan in April 2011. The activities were intense over these months and an analysis of documents and interviews produced a rich case study of institutional transformation.