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FAMU, UF to get together on dental school proposals

By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – A partnership may be emerging between Florida A&M and the University of Florida. Lynn Hatter reports the two schools are looking to collaborate on a mutually-beneficial issue: A dental school.

Florida A & M wants to establish a dental school to improve minority and rural access to oral healthcare. The University of Florida wants to boost enrollment at its existing program. The University of Central Florida is also looking to establish a dental school. Last month the three universities pitched their ideas to the board that oversees the state's 11 public universities. But the board, wary of any new expenses, sent them back to the drawing board.

FAMU President James Ammons says the university is now modifying its dental proposal after receiving feedback from State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan.

FAMU has received letters of support from the University of Florida which did not offer the same to UCF. Each of the schools has also been endorsed by several prominent legislators. The Board of Governors will take up the dental school proposals again at its November meeting.

FAMU and UF officials will meet Tuesday in Gainesville.