Showing posts with label Academics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Academics. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Simmons wants 12,000+ students at PVAMU, where FAMU was in 1999 under Humphries

Ruth J. Simmons, former president of Brown University, will soon become the permanent president of Prairie View A&M University. She has been serving as the interim president since July 1, 2017.

Simmons wants to quickly move undergraduate enrollment at PVAMU up to 12,000. According to the Texas Tribune, “her vast professional network and fundraising abilities will be critical for a growing school hoping to up its undergraduate enrollment from 9,000 to 12,000 in the next three years.”

PVAMU hasn’t announced its final enrollment numbers for Fall 2017, but a press release said that the total number of students is larger than last year. Back in Fall 2016, PVAMU had 8,762 students with an average freshman GPA of 3.04.

Florida A&M University first crossed the 12,000 student mark back in 1999 when Frederick S. Humphries was president. FAMU enrolled 12,100 students that year. The average GPA for the freshmen was 3.21.

Monday, November 06, 2017

FAMU’s Fall 2017 freshmen have 3.39 average GPA, SAT scores above Florida and national averages

Florida A&M University enrolled a total of 9,978 students in Fall 2017. That’s the biggest number of students the school has had since Fall 2014, when there were 10,233 students.

The average GPA for the freshman class is 3.39.

That GPA average is 0.15 less than the 3.54 from Fall 2016. But the SAT scores for the freshmen are higher than the Florida and national averages.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “the average SAT score was 1017 in Florida, out of a possible 1600, and 1070 nationally. The average composite ACT score in Florida was 19.8 out of 36 compared to 21 nationally.”

FAMU freshmen posted a 1077 average on the SAT. The freshmen also have an average ACT score of 21, which is above the Florida average and the same as the national average.

The Sentinel reported that 93 percent of the students in the Florida high school senior class of 2017 took the "new" SAT.

North Carolina A&T remains the largest single campus historically black college or university (HBCU) with 11,877 students for Fall 2017. Its freshmen had an average GPA of 3.51. But the FAMU freshmen topped the NCA&T freshmen in SAT and ACT scores. The average SAT score for NCA&T freshmen is 1,023 and the average ACT score is 20.

FAMU lost $1.4M in tuition and fees in 2015-2016 due to the decline in enrollment. The enrollment bump will give FAMU its first boost in tuition and fees since 2011-2012.

Applications at FAMU went up from 7,813 for Fall 2016 to 8,952 for Fall 2017.       

Friday, November 03, 2017

FAMU's art collection inspires drawing students

FAMU students gaining inspiration from extensive African art collection in Foster-Tanner Gallery

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FAMU moves up again in U.S. News national rankings, remains top public HBCU

Florida A&M University retained the top spot as the #1 public HBCU in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking of historically Black colleges or University (HBCU), released yesterday.  FAMU also moved up one spot to No.6 of the 80 HBCUs considered for the “Best Colleges”

FAMU also was ranked up the nation's top tier best "National Universities" for the first time, coming in at No. 207. More than 1,660 four-year colleges and universities were surveyed to determine the rankings.

“Our new rankings are indicative of the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “Today’s announcement is further evidence of our success in achieving our goal to provide the nation’s best educational experience for our students.”

Thursday, August 31, 2017

FAMU is top ranked HBCU for granting bachelor degrees to African-Americans

In its annual ranking of top degree producers Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has again ranked Florida A&M University as the No. 1 historically black college or university for awarding bachelor degrees to African-Americans. The university finished No. 4 overall behind Alford University (CA), University of Phoenix (two large online universities), and Georgia State University.

FAMU also finished in the No. 2 spot in the spot among all colleges and universities for graduating the most African American students with professional doctoral degrees. FAMU was No. 19 overall for granting professional doctoral degrees to minority students in the United States.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

More than 400 Rattlers enter alumni ranks

More than 400 graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) celebrated years of hard work during the Summer Commencement Ceremony Friday evening in the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

While addressing the new FAMU alumni, James E. Nevels, J.D., chair of The Swarthmore Group, and commencement speaker emphasized the importance of graduates incorporating service in everything they do.

“Excellence With Caring” is another name for service,” Nevels said. “Your service after you depart this place will benefit the brand of FAMU and those who follow you,” he added.

Monday, July 31, 2017

History-making investor James E. Nevels to address FAMU’s summer graduates

James E. Nevels, the founder of one of the largest minority-owned investment firms in the nation, will address nearly 400 graduates during Florida A&M University’s summer commencement ceremony.

The ceremony will take place on August 4 at 6 p.m., in the Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, located at 1800 Wahnish Way.

Nevels will share pearls of wisdom with graduates from his more than 36 years of experience in the securities and investment industries, including his work as a humanitarian and the founder of The Swarthmore Group. Swarthmore is an investment advisory firm, based in Philadelphia, which manages approximately $2.1 billion in institutional assets for a diverse group of clients.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FAMU alumni and leaders encourage young girls to design their futures

By Ayonna Patterson
Florida A&M University

This May, the “I Can Be” Architecture Career Day Workshop at Florida A&M University gave young girls a basic understanding of the architecture profession by helping them design a dream house for their dolls.

The workshop, which took place at the FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, featured faculty, alumni and community partners who are celebrated for their expertise in the field.

The event presented the elementary students with the long history of successful women architects, offered a glimpse into the design process, as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) careers. Forty-two girls, ages 7 to 9, who attend FAMU Developmental Research School in Tallahassee participated in the event.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

FAMU Army ROTC travels to Vietnam

By LTC Edwin Escobar
ROTC Professor of Military Science

This year, the Florida A&M University Army ROTC had the honor of becoming a partner in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, which also coincides with the Secretary of Defense’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  The partnership has furthered FAMU’s globalization initiative, permitting students to experience the first major battle, learn timeless lessons on leadership, and take advantage of development opportunities that strategically teach preparation for complex and dynamic environments.

After learning about the battle of Ia Drang in the Vietnam War, four FAMU students, alongside Army ROTC professor of military science LTC Edwin Escobar, traveled nearly 10,000 miles to Vietnam this spring to participate in unique learning and engagement opportunities offered through the partnership.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

FAMU could receive $1.9M from Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program

BEST Program Orientation for July Bar Exam at FAMU Law
For the 2017-2018 year, Florida A&M University expects to receive $1,959,398 from the State University Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program. The FAMU Division of Finance and Administration included the estimate in the Budget Workbook it prepared for this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Florida Legislature approved the program in the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017 (CS/CS/SB 374) that it sent to governor’s desk on June 5. Gov. Rick Scott still hasn’t announced whether he will veto the bill.

The language in the act says that: “The State University Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program is established to fund and support the efforts of state universities to enhance the quality and excellence of professional and graduate schools and degree programs in medicine, law, and business and expand the economic impact of state universities.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

FAMU partners with Tallahassee mayor and Domi Station to launch coding academy

This week, Florida A&M University (FAMU), Domi Station and the Office of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a FAMU alumnus, launched I/O Avenue, a Tallahassee-based code academy.

The program was created as a component of a larger Tallahassee TechHire Initiative and focuses on rapidly training workers to enter high-paying tech jobs in North Florida.

I/O Avenue will begin taking students in the fall and will be operated in the computer labs of FAMU’s Workforce Computing Center.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Appropriations bill includes $1M to expand online course offerings at FAMU

(L-R) FAMU VP for Research Timothy Moore, Rep. Ramon Alexander, Interim President Larry Robinson
The new Florida General Appropriations Act (SB 2500) includes $1,000,000 to help Florida A&M University expand its online course offerings.

Interim President Larry Robinson submitted the funding request to state Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, in January. Alexander then filed a bill to seek the money (HB 2137).

Robinson and Alexander both wanted $5M in nonrecurring dollars for the project. But that amount was reduced to $1M during the budget negotiations.

“The investment will enable FAMU to increase online offerings in areas of strategic emphasis including [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)], offer additional high quality undergraduate online degree programs and increase graduation rates,” Robinson wrote in the written request.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rattler Battalion commissions new officers

Eight new second lieutenants were commissioned during Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Spring 2017 Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on April 28.

The ceremony, which took place in Lee Hall Auditorium, was the culmination of years of training and study required to earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army. While welcoming family members and friends to the ceremony, Lt. Col. Edwin Escobar, professor of military science said he was honored to share the stage with new military leaders.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Rattlers celebrate success during spring commencement

More than 1,100 Rattlers walked across the stage during Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremonies last week at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

After earning degrees from one of FAMU’s 14 colleges and schools, graduates reaped the benefits of years of study and dedication surrounded by enthusiastic family members, friends and supporters.

During his Friday evening commencement address, Arnold Donald, president and chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest travel and leisure company in the world, advised the graduates to passionately pursue fulfillment in life.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Partnership helps TCC students become Rattlers

By Deja L. Allen
Florida A&M University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) continues to enhance the “TCC2FAMU” partnership with Tallahassee Community College (TCC) after years of producing successful transfer students through the program.

Earlier this year, students gained tons of information about the program during FAMU Advisement Day at TCC, hosted by the Office of University Retention.

During the program, TCC students interested in attending FAMU were able to speak with representatives from each of FAMU’s colleges and schools.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FAMU is Peace Corps’ No. 3 top volunteer-producing HBCU

The Peace Corps announced that Florida A&M University (FAMU) ranked No. 3 on the 2017 list of top volunteer-producing historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). This is the second consecutive year that FAMU has placed among the top five HBCUs in the nation.

There are currently seven Rattlers volunteering around the world in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Morocco, Benin, Zambia, and Rwanda. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 83 FAMU alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FAMU announces Spring 2017 commencement speakers

Nearly 1,200 Florida A&M University (FAMU) graduates will begin the next chapter of their lives this month as they receive their diplomas during the spring 2017 commencement exercises in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

There will be three ceremonies. The first will take place on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m. and two ceremonies will follow on Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Arnold Donald, president and chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest travel and leisure company in the world, will address graduates on Friday, April 28.  Under Donald’s leadership, Carnival’s portfolio of 10 cruise brands includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn, all based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

FAMU students win $20,000 grant in Honda Brain Bowl Competition

Florida A&M University, the 2016 champion, and eight-time national champion went head-to-head with fellow historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) at the 28th annual Honda Campus AllStar Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament April 8-12 at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., campus in Torrance, California.

After 20 rounds of intense competition, FAMU placed third in the tournament earning $20,000 for the University. Teams from 48 HBCUs competed in the final round of this unique display of academic prowess.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Robinson addresses executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration

Interim President Larry Robinson released the following statement regarding the recent executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration:

“Florida A&M University has a strong and vibrant academic and research community, which includes diverse students, staff, and faculty representing various countries. The University remains committed to providing its faculty, staff, and students with a safe, positive, and fruitful working and learning environment regardless of their nation of origin.