As FAMU Outlines New Initiatives, Its Graduation Rates Come Under Scrutiny

Jun 21, 2017

Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson speaking during Wednesday's Board of Governors meeting.
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Florida A&M university may be one of the nation’s top historically black colleges or universities, but it’s the lowest performing university in the state. And, as FAMU’s interim President Larry Robinson unveiled his work plan Wednesday, he assured the Board of Governors that he’s working to change that.

During his presentation, Robinson talked about better tracking student’s progress and implementing a new math placement process for incoming students. A new initiative also focuses on FAMU’s graduation rates.

“And, we have a new campaign that we’re calling ‘Out The Door In Four,” and some of the things that we’re working on—in addition to what you have heard—is number one: focusing on recruiting the best and the brightest students,” Robinson outlined.

Still, calling it “truth, spoken in love,” Board member H. Wayne Huizenga says over the years, he really hasn’t seen a change in the graduation and retention rates. And, he adds FAMU can do better by focusing more on mentoring and tutoring.

“Aim higher, please because these students are smart…that the success rate would be much, much more significant than striving to create more programs or try to compete in recruiting more students that have the grades and are able to go to other universities that are having better success right now,” Huizenga said.

And, Robinson says while there have been some incremental increases, he’s passionate about making that happen.

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