Dear FAMUans and Supporters:
During the 2016-2017 academic year, we have taken steps to advance Florida A&M University’s mission through the development of a new vision statement and strategic plan with a set of priorities that will transform the University over the next five years. These priorities include the aggressive recruitment of student scholars who are prepared to meet the rigorous standards of our academic programs and willingly embrace and advance our core values. The result of this coordinated effort, involving faculty, staff, students, alumni, members of our Board of Trustees and the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors, is that the University will experience its first enrollment increase since 2010.
While there is considerable excitement that more students are choosing FAMU, the University’s new five-year strategic plan, “FAMU Rising,” outlines innovative methodologies that will contribute to greater student success, while addressing in detail, each of the Florida Board of Governors’ performance metrics. The plan also includes initiatives that will lead to productive and engaged faculty, innovation stemming from research and extension, highly effective business processes, and exemplary customer service grounded in our core values. We created a new division to track implementation of the plan and heighten awareness of key issues, such as institutional effectiveness, planning, and analysis.
This annual report captures highlights of a year of progress in all facets of the University community, from students thriving in new Living-Learning Communities on campus to students exploring new cultures while studying abroad. We have seen greater fiscal accountability in FAMU Athletics, increased fundraising in the Foundation and more effective friend-raising among alumni, legislators, the private sector and community partners. This was all achieved by remarkable people who work quietly, but passionately to ensure that FAMU remains the No. 1 public historically Black university in America. Thank you for allowing me to serve this beloved “College of Love and Charity” and share with you some of the results of their efforts.
Please view the report here.
Yours in Service,
Larry Robinson, Ph.D., President