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Campus Notes FAMU Named Among Top 5 Universities for AfricanAmericans ESSENCE and MONEY Magazine released their list of the “50 Best Colleges for African-Americans,” ranking FAMU No. 5 among all national universities and colleges and naming FAMU the top historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the nation. MONEY and ESSENCE magazine analyzed more than 1,500 colleges to single out the ones that offer the best value for African-American students. Drawing on the federal data that MONEY compiles for its annual Best Colleges rankings—including graduation rates, net college costs after financial aid and graduates’ early-career earnings—in addition to ESSENCE Magazine’s criteria to evaluate racial climate on each campus, the magazines developed a methodology that factored in graduation rates, affordability, earning potential, and representation. FAMU Makes Big Improvements on Performance Funding Metrics Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) made big gains in several key metrics according to The State University System (SUS) Board of Governors, including an 8 percent gain

in the median average wages of undergraduate students employed in Florida one year after graduation; and an 8 percent increase in the number of graduate degrees awarded in areas of strategic emphasis, including STEM. The University also saw a 5 percent gain in second-year retention rates. According to the Board of Governors, this year’s improvements will yield additional funding opportunities for the University, which is now ranked among the top 8 SUS schools. The legislature has proposed a $500 million investment in performance funding for the 2016-2017 year, with state universities contributing $275 million to match a $225 million investment from the state. FAMU Wins Eighth Honda National Quiz Bowl Championship Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) took home its eighth national quiz bowl competition championship during the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, earning a $75,000 grant for the University. The FAMU quiz bowl team competed among some of the best and brightest students in the nation, ultimately representing the elite eight of HBCU’s during a year-long competition against a total of 48 schools.

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Participating students included Kimberlyn Elliot, Travian Albert, Dominique Berry, and Imari Nalls. Retired FAMU professor Vivian Hobbs, Ph.D., who has coached the team for decades, coached this year’s championship team. FAMU Chosen to Participate in Two Landmark Pilot Programs Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) signed on to participate in two landmark pilot programs that focus on enhancing the classroom learning experience, supporting student achievement, and improving minority graduation rates. In March, FAMU was selected to participate in a collaborative effort by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) aimed at advancing effective college instruction through state-of-the-art online professional development programs. ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions and ACUE partners with colleges and universities to advance effective instruction and promote student success.

FAMU Pharmacy Program Receives Top Recognition for Medical Research Faculty in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) are making a national impact in medical research. The prestigious Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has listed the college as the No. 12 pharmacy program in the nation for generating the most research funding, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) lists the college as the largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants among all Florida pharmacy programs, as well as among those at the University of Georgia, Auburn, and Samford. These accomplishments have helped to contribute to the University’s recent elevation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education System to an R-2 or “high research activity” institution. FAMU and FUT MINNA Sign Memorandum to Continue Partnership That Promotes Information Exchange President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., Provost Marcella David, and other representatives from the Federal University of Technology, Minna signed a new memorandum of understanding into effect, strengthening a mutually

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Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...