Thursday, July 06, 2017

Op-ed: All FAMU’s freshman classes for past 22 years have had 3.0+ average high school GPAs

Yesterday, the Tallahassee Democrat website posted an op-ed written by Larry O. Rivers, a former FAMU student body president. Rivers called attention to the fact that all FAMU’s freshman classes for past 22 years have had 3.0+ average high school GPAs. He also pointed out that FAMU is the #1 public university when it comes to preparing black undergraduate students for science and engineering Ph.D. programs.

From the op-ed: “FAMU a national model in preparing blacks for advanced scientific work”:

A question from the June Florida Board of Governors meeting asked why a minority student seeking “to get the best education” would select Florida A&M University.

The National Science Foundation’s data sheds light on one of the biggest reasons for FAMU’s status as a school of choice among thousands of minority students: FAMU out-performs all other public universities in preparing blacks for the highest level of academic study in science and engineering (S&E) concentrations.

Specifically, FAMU is the top public baccalaureate institution of origin for blacks who earn S&E doctorates.

This achievement is a credit to FAMU’s long-running practice of enrolling students who are well-prepared for a demanding curriculum. Every FAMU freshman class over the past 22 years has had at least a 3.0 average high school GPA.

FAMU’s success in expanding its enrollment over the decades with such quality students permitted it to steadily send larger numbers of its graduates on to S&E doctoral programs.

Another component of FAMU’s proven pedagogy is its emphasis on connecting talented students with supportive faculty mentors…

The rigorous science curriculum at FAMU benefits all students regardless of major. And while most students are ready for these classes, it still takes many more than six years to graduate due to their financial circumstances…

The answer to raising graduation rates is increased investment in academic advising and financial aid, not income-based exclusion of well-qualified students.

Read the full op-ed here.

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