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IGNITING A SPARK5 Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., (center) poses with FAMU scholarship students after an inspiring meeting in October 2016.

been working around the clock, with the Board of Trustees, National Alumni Association, Division of Student Affairs, senior administrators, and other groups and supporters, to reach scholars who will benefit from FAMU’s diverse offerings. In November 2016, more than $1 million in scholarships were given out at Florida recruitment events, and several aggressive programs are underway that will not only help to recruit the best and brightest students, but retain them. Robinson partnered with trustees, deans, staff, and alumni at receptions in Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, and Jacksonville to recruit National Merit semifinalists. The goal of these efforts is to re-establish FAMU’s success as a National Merit® Scholarship Program participant. Robinson also announced the availability of $5 million, approved by the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors, and strongly endorsed by the FAMU Board of Trustees, to help provide resources for scholarships for new and returning students. The funds will also provide assistance for investing in FAMU’s faculty, a key component of student success, Robinson said. “We have not exceeded our capacity to serve the educational needs of young men and women aspiring to greatness,” Robinson said. “There are still families and communities that are yet to experience all that the American dream truly has to offer.” For Robinson, FAMU is more than a place where he has established a fruitful career. The University has also played an essential role in helping him realize his own American dream. “I personally know what FAMU means to our current students and those who have come to this place over its 129-year history,” Robinson said. “We have to protect and advance the mission of this special place with a passion and tenacity that yields to no force known to humankind.”

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One-Year Plan In order for student success to remain a priority and reach new heights at FAMU, Interim President Larry Robinson has developed a one-year plan focused on implementing aggressive approaches that will position the University to reach its own goals and the metrics it must achieve at the state level. Those approaches include, but are not limited to, developing and implementing strategies designed to: • Increase the University’s six-year graduation rate by strengthening and implementing new programs • Increase the percentage of first-time-in-college students returning to FAMU after their first term(s) with a 2.0 GPA or greater • Lower the percentage of bachelor’s graduates with excess credit hours, which will help to decrease student debt and increase graduation rates • Evaluate and enhance the current advisement structure to align with best practices in higher education, which will help to ensure higher graduation, retention, and job-placement rates • Increase the productivity of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded in areas of strategic emphasis, such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), education, health, and other areas of critical need for Florida’s workforce

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