Listed below are the special programs that are under our purview.
- Honors Program
- Black Archives
- College-Level Academic Skills Program (CLASP)
- International Education and Development
- Testing Service Bureau
- Center for Human Development
- Continuing Education and Community Service
The university Honors Program provides a series of challenging courses and extracurricular activities for students who excel academically. The major goal of the programs are to encourage academic excellence and (2) to provide a more challenging academic experience for high achieving students.
The Black Archives Research Center and Museum is located in the oldest building on the campus of Florida A&M University in the Carnegie Library. The library was built in 1907 with the assistance of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The facility has served the University in numerous other capacities, such as the president's office, art and religious centers and finally in 1976 it became the home of the BlackArchivesResearchCenter and Museum. The facility is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
The purpose of the Black Archives Research Center and Museum was outlined in 1971 by the Florida Legislature. The Black Archives was to be a statewide agency charged with the responsibility to "serve the state by collecting and preserving all sources of material on or about Black Americans from the earliest beginnings to the present. Although designated as a statewide facility, the Black Archives quickly evolved into an important regional, national, and international resource for the study of African American culture and history. A unique feature of this historical resource center is that archival documents are used to compliment and explain museum artifacts and vice versa. The basic concept of the archives and museum is to give credibility, with the support of the historical evidence, that African American history is the history of America.
International Education and Development
The mission of the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) is to support and promote the internationalization of the University through the incorporation of international content, materials, activities, and knowledge into teaching, research, and public service. OIED seeks to enhance the University’s relevance in an interdependent global village and to facilitate greater appreciation of cross-cultural relations and global issues. OIED strives to establish and maintain a University environment that encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in a dynamic process that enhances and broadens the global role of the University in a way that is conducive to international interaction and dialogue.
OIED, the pre-eminent office of international education, creates a seamless web that enhances the quality of the University's domestic and international activities and allows OIED to infuse a global perspective into every level of teaching, research, service, and University-wide outreach activities.
OIED promotes the awareness of the interdependence of nations and peoples and the pursuit of equity, diversity, and fairness among all peoples to ensure a better understanding of multiple cultures and identities.
OIED is comprised of the three units listed below. Please click any of the links to find out more information.
International Student and Scholar Services
Education Abroad and Exchange Programs
International Research and Development
1. International Student and Scholar Services
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office provides resources to facilitate the adjustment process of international students in a new cultural environment. ISSS coordinates the Florida West Africa Institute (FLAWI) and monitors the programs of students supported by other institutions in Florida. ISSS administers and oversees all international F-1 and sponsored J-1 students who are enrolled at FAMU. ISSS also provides assistance to faculty and staff who apply for the H-1B visas.
In addition to administrative support and referral services for immigration and taxation needs, ISSS offers a range of programs and activities that enhance the overall positive educational experience of international students and scholars at FAMU. ISSS maintains up-to-date information from the many regulatory agencies that govern the stay of international students and scholars in the United States and provides assistance in obtaining benefits to which these individuals are entitled. ISSS also ensures that FAMU continues to be in compliance with all regulations and procedures related to the admission of international students and scholars to the U.S.
All incoming international students and scholars are provided orientation to the university and to the local community. The ISSS staff provides international students and scholars individualized advising on personal issues and concerns. ISSS also carries out outreach initiatives, which include an active Host Family Program, participation in the City of Tallahassee’s International Students’ Reception, liaison with other community groups that offer enrichment activities, and a Speaker's Bureau for local schools and civic organizations. The ISSS staff conducts exit interviews for all graduating international students.
2. Education Abroad and Exchange Programs
The Education Abroad and Exchange Programs (EAEP) office provides FAMU students a substantial array of resources to help them identify opportunities for study, travel and work abroad in virtually any area of the world (e.g. Fulbright, USAID summer internships, U.S. Department of State internships, Florida Department of State’s International Affairs internships, American corporations abroad, etc.).
The Diplomat-In-Residence (DIR) Program is also housed within EAEP. For the second consecutive year, FAMU is hosting a Diplomat-In-Residence at the University. The DIR program is supported by the U.S. Department of State, and it is aimed at encouraging more students, especially minorities, to pursue careers in the Foreign Services.
EAEP maintains a state-of-the-art InternationalResourceCenter, complete with print directories, guidebooks, pamphlets, brochures, a computer to access electronic directories and bookmarked websites, and a VCR and monitor to view a growing video library of educational sites abroad. The staff provides a full range of advising, campus outreach, orientation and re-entry support.
EAEP also promotes and supports faculty and staff wanting to study, work, teach, or conduct research abroad as well as assist them with travel, immigration issues, orientation, and other issues related to their travel abroad. The staff maintains an array of resources, including a database of international opportunities, for faculty and staff. EAEP regularly communicates with the faculty and staff to inform them of the various international opportunities available to them through public and private agencies--Fulbright, American Institute For Foreign Study, CIEE: Council on International Education Exchange, Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and ConferenceCenter (Bellagio, Italy), and many others.
EAEP works closely with Colleges, Schools, and the Institute to develop distance-learning programs abroad and establish area studies centers at FAMU, such as Latin American and Caribbean Studies, African Studies, Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Slavic Studies, and others.
3. International Research and Development
The International Research and Development Cooperation office (IRDC) is primarily responsible for facilitating international collaborative research and development projects by providing technical support and assistance to faculty and staff. IRDC seeks and locates sources of funds to enable FAMU faculty, staff, and students to become involved in international collaborative research and development activities. IRDC also is responsible for developing and/or coordinating the development of international project proposals in collaboration with faculty and staff. Additionally, IRDC is responsible for managing or overseeing international projects that are implemented by FAMU’s faculty and staff. All Short-term training programs and international visitors’ activities are coordinated by IRDC.
IRDC also is custodian of all international Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) that FAMU has signed with other entities abroad. IRDC also facilitates the development and signing of all new international MOAs.
Click here to go to the International Education website.
The College-Level Academic Skills Program (CLASP)
As a part of its effort to ensure that students acquire expected academic skills, the State of Florida established the College-Level Academic Skills Program (CLASP) to measure the achievement of communication and computation skills of students in community colleges and state universities. Passing scores on the test are required of all students who are awarded an Associate of Arts degree or who seek upper division status in a state university in Florida.
The College Level Academic Skills Program at FAMU is designed to offer complete support services to students from all academic areas who must sit for the CLAST. These services include administering simulated CLAST tests (prototypes) advising, tutoring, and doing research, the main focus of which is to prepare students for the CLAST.
To determine the extent to which the university must assist the student in preparing for the CLAST, all students who have not satisfied the CLAST requirement upon their initial enrollment at FAMU must sit for the university prototype prior to the end of their first semester at the university. A transfer student may be required to sit for the prototype upon his or her arrival at FAMU. If the student fails to make the designated minimum passing scores on the prototype, he or she must enroll in the appropriate CLAST preparation courses.
The Test Service Bureau
The Test Service Bureau has assumed added responsibilities within the last ten years due to increased enrollment and programs such as CLEP for Bright Futures Scholars, the State University System Student Assessment of Instruction (SUSSAI). Its general purpose was to facilitate service, and student support services.
Test scoring service has become one of the most important functions of the TSB, as student enrollment has doubled and with an increasing number of faculty members receiving assistance with interpreting test scores and assigning grades.
FAMU is recognized as a leading institution for administering national tests through National Testing Programs such as the Allied Health Professions Admission Test (AHPAT), the American College Test (ACT), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), and various academic skills assessments of the PRAXIS Series. These tests are used for admission at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. The ACT and SAT National Tests are used for general admission purposes. The cut scores for the ACT are English - 17, Mathematics - 19, and Reading - 18. The cut scores for the SAT are Math (Quan) - 440 and Reading (Verbal) - 440. The Bureau serves the tri-state area of Florida, Georgia and Alabama for professional and licenser testing.
Among the many integrated services of the Bureau, there are five opportunities to reduce the length of time it takes to complete a degree program by obtaining credit via examination, through programs such as:
· The Advanced Placement Programs (AP) - sponsored by the College Board, provides students with the opportunity to complete college-level studies during secondary school.
· The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) - an exam where students can receive college credit for learning outside the college classroom.
· International Baccalaureate Program (IB) - from the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-level G.C.E.), awards credits for student's prior academic course work from a recognized institution in their parent country.
· DANTES (Military Exam) - published by the American Council on Education (the use of college level credits based on military experience). DANTES exams are not given on campus.
· Dual Enrollment - this program allows high school students to earn college level credits at the university.
Another responsibility of the Test Center Bureau is the Course and Teacher Evaluation of Faculty by students. These evaluations are conducted annually during the Fall and Spring semesters. The basic purpose of the evaluations is to reflect the relationship between faculty and students in a formal teaching environment. However, testing for student placement, student advancement and scoring examinations given by professors in the classroom remain the overriding function of the Test Service Bureau.
Center for Human Development
The primary mission of the Center for Human Development (CHD) at FloridaA&MUniversity is to assist in the successful matriculation of FAMU students by addressing social, emotional, and educational concerns. The goal of the (CHD) is to provide professional counseling services to the students of FloridaA&MUniversity through educational, assessment, therapeutic, and when necessary, referral methods. Our purpose is to facilitate and model excellence in academic and social functioning.
Our mission is realized through interactions with students, staff, faculty, and administration. The CHD staff is committed to perpetual professionalism and expertise through continuing education. All students shall be served in an equitable and fair manner regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or physical ability. Students shall be served through individual and group counseling, screenings, and educational programming throughout campus and beyond. The staff is also committed to faculty referrals and consultations regarding students' academic and emotional development.
In addition, the CHD processes student class withdrawals. Those individuals who have issues related to medical, legal, or death crises may also receive supportive services through the withdrawal process.
Continuing Education and Community Service
Florida A&M University promotes lifelong learning and community service through its Division of Continuing Education and Community Service. This division is the administrative unit charged with providing educational programs and services to non-traditional students and groups and with bringing the University and its special competencies to bear with human and community problems through its extended program offerings. The Division seeks to respond to the educational needs of the citizens of Florida through on-campus and off-campus programs designed to provide the skill, knowledge, and attitudes essential to function more effectively in a diverse society.
In collaboration with the Division of Continuing Education, schools and colleges throughout the University offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For personal enrichment, professional development or other motivating factors, non-credit educational programs, including institutes, workshops, seminars, conferences, symposia and short courses are offered both on and off campus. Some of these may provide opportunities for professionals to earn required Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Enrollment in programs and courses offered through the Division of Continuing Education does not automatically constitute admission to the Florida A&M University or to a particular degree program. For additional information related to enrollment or to services offered by this Division, please contact our office at (850) 599-3474.