Unsustainable growth

In the last post, I listed some numbers describing the rapid and unbalanced growth at Florida International University. I follow that up here with some numbers for just FIU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Over the last 5 years:

  • The number of biology majors at FIU has increased from 1821 to 4219.  This is an increase of 132%.
  • The number of FTEs (full time equivalents) has increased from 978 to 1422.  This is an increase of 45%
  • The number of biology faculty has increased from 48 to 51.  This is an increase of just 6%!!

The one positive thing in the numbers is our diversity. 84% of biology majors at FIU are minorities and 66% of FIU biology majors are women.

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