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FAMU Launches Statewide Tour To Promote Budget Requests

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson.
Nick Evans

Florida A&M University will request about 24 million dollars in the coming year.  School representatives are touring the state to build support for the plan.

The school’s legislative budget request includes money for 25 new advisors and 35 faculty members.  The proposal also devotes three million dollars to online course offerings.  Interim President Larry Robinson says it’s aimed at improving graduation rates.

“That’s major element in our overall student success,” Robinson says of online courses, “and we believe that we can cut down on the amount of time that they spend at the university if we have courses that are available to them more at their leisure.”

Six year graduation rates for the school are hovering around 40 percent, and it’s been a sore subject in recent years.  School officials will kick off their tour August 12 in Polk County.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.