Monday, February 13, 2017

Florida Times-Union: “FAMU leadership is back on track”

On Friday, the Florida Times-Union wrote another editorial that lauded Florida A&M University's continuing progress under its new administrative and Board of Trustees leadership.

Back in December 2016, the Times-Union ran an editorial entitled ““FAMU seems to be getting back on track.”

From the February 9, 2017 editorial “FAMU leadership is back on track”:

Florida A&M University is on the move. There is new leadership with a respected interim president.

There is a long list of goals and objectives to put the state’s historically black public university on a solid path.

And there is activity in Jacksonville where Kelvin Lawson, chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees, recently visited the area to recruit outstanding students.

Lawson was here to recruit National Merit semifinalists who are eligible to receive the state’s Benacquisto Scholarship Program…

Let there be no mistake, FAMU has a great deal to offer. The university includes some nationally renowned academic programs — such as in business, pharmacy and journalism — along with national contacts that help lead to jobs after graduation…

Girding these projects is an aggressive set of goals and objectives passed by the board. It’s a long and specific list.

A few examples:

• Six-year graduation rates will increase.
• Increase the percentage of graduates who don’t use excess credit hours.
• Increase the percentage of graduates who are earning $25,000 or more.
• Increase enrollment, which has been dropping and affecting the university’s resources.

There is much more.

Combine that with the broad respect that [Interim President Larry Robinson] enjoys — both on and off the FAMU campus — and it’s a solid road map for the university as it moves forward…

Read the full editorial here.

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