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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Student Achievement

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The SACSCOC Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure requires that member institutions publish “statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals.” FAMU uses several measures to evaluate student achievement and success in accordance with the University mission and strategic plan.
Specific University measures for student achievement include the following:

  • Improvement of retention and graduation rates.
  • Being among the nation’s leaders in the number of degrees granted to African-Americans, an important constituency group at the University.
  • Having examination/certification exam pass rates for FAMU graduates greater than the overall national/state pass rates.
  • Having job placement rates greater than the average of the other State University System institutions.

 

Mission Statement

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues and the empowerment of citizens and communities.  The University provides a student-centered environment consistent with its core values.  The faculty is committed to educating students at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels, preparing graduates to apply their knowledge, critical thinking skills and creativity in their service to society.  FAMU’s distinction as a doctoral/research institution will continue to provide mechanisms to address emerging issues through local and global partnerships.  Expanding upon the University’s land-grant status, it will enhance the lives of constituents through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service.  While the University continues its historic mission of educating African Americans, FAMU embraces persons of all races, ethnic origins and nationalities as life-long members of the university community.

 

Strategic Plan Goals Related to Student Achievement

Goal 1.1:  Enhance Access to the University
Goal 1.2:  Continuous enhancement and assessment of the student experience
Goal 1.3: Improve academic progression, performance, and graduation rates
Goal 1.4: Assess and enhance current degree programs
Goal 1.5:  Develop and implement new degree programs based on University priorities
Goal 5.1:  Produce diverse and culturally astute graduates for the global workforce

 

Retention, Progression and Graduation Rates

The University uses retention, progression and graduation rates to evaluate student success. This information is reported annually in the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Annual Accountability Report. The following table provides data for 1st to 2nd year retention rates of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students (see Tables below).

Table 1: 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rates: Full-time, First-Time-in-College (FTIC) Retention Rates - Retained in the Second Fall Term at Same University

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

81%

79%

80%

82%

81%

 
Table 2: Full-time, First-Time-in-College (FTIC) Six-Year Graduation Rates 


Term of Entry

2004-10

2005-11

2006-12

2007-13

2008-14
Preliminary

% Graduated

42%

40%

40%

41%

39%

 

Position in National Ranking of Number of Degrees Awarded to African Americans

The University uses its position in national rankings of degrees awarded to African-Americans to evaluate student success. Florida A&M University continues to remain one of the top producers of African American students earning baccalaureate degrees. According to the most recent Diverse Issues Top 100 Degree Producers, FAMU is ranked as one of the top 10 producers of African American baccalaureates in 2010-2011 for the following fields: Health Professions and Related Programs (3); Health and Medical Administrative Services (ranked #4 for African American graduates and #7 for total degrees awarded to all minorities); History (4); Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services (6); Agriculture and Related Sciences (7); Visual and Performing Arts (8); Engineering Technologies (9); and Communication and Journalism (10). For all disciplines combined, FAMU is ranked #4 for the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to African Americans in the 2010-2011 academic year.

In the production of graduate degrees at the master's level, FAMU also ranks in the top 10 producers of African American students for the following areas: Physical Sciences (1); Social Sciences (ranked #1 for African American graduates and #2 total degrees awarded to all minorities); Architecture and Related Services (5); and Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (5). In the same academic year, FAMU ranked in the top 10 producers of doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans in Engineering (7) and Health Professions and Related Programs (8).

For professional degrees, FAMU ranked #1 in the number of degrees awarded to African Americans in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. For all minorities combined, FAMU was ranked #7 in the nation for producers of first professional graduates in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. In the field of Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, FAMU ranked #3 in degrees awarded to African Americans and also ranked #5 in degrees awarded to African Americans in Law. For all disciplines combined, FAMU ranked #2 in the nation by Diverse Issues in the production of African American graduates earning a first professional degree.  Source: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The following table reports the top 10 institutions in the nation that awarded baccalaureate degrees to African-Americans in 2013-14.   

TABLE 3.  National Ranking of Baccalaureate Degrees Awarded to African-Americans in 2013-14 by a Not-for-Profit Institutions

Rank

Institution

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to African Americans

1

Georgia State University

1,645

2

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

1,475

3

North Carolina A & T State University

1,214

4

University of Central Florida

1,195

5

University of Maryland-University College

1,073

6

University of Memphis

1,016

7

Jackson State University

987

8

Howard University

966

9

The University of Texas at Arlington

951

10

Florida Atlantic University

905

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, AY2013-14 Data

 

Licensure Pass Rates

The University uses licensure pass rates to evaluate student success. The table below reports the pass-rates of examinees for the respective licensure examination for programs.
TABLE 4.  Professional Licensure/Certification Exams

Nursing: National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses

 

2012

2013

2014

First-time Pass Rate

90%

74%

64%

Law: Florida Bar Exam

 

2012

2013

2014

First-time Pass Rate

67%

73%

73%

Pharmacy: North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam

 

2012

2013

2014

First-time Pass Rate

88%

85%

89%

Physical Therapy: National Physical Therapy Examinations

 

2012

2013

2014

First-time Pass Rate

53%

46%

81%

Occupational Therapy: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam

 

2012

2013

2014

Pass Rate First-time  

60%

92%

-

Overall*

-

-

96%*

Cardiopulmonary Sciences: Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

 

2012

2013

2014

First-time Pass Rate

70%

86%

100%

*Note: Due to changes in accreditation policy, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (OTR) Examinations no longer report first-time pass rates. The pass rates are now ‘New Graduates’ pass rates and represent the ultimate pass rate, or the percentage of students who passed regardless of how many times the exam was taken. The Occupational Therapy exam is a national standardized examination, and is not a licensure examination. Students who wish to practice in Florida must also take a licensure exam.   

 

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The University uses the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to evaluate student success. The NSSE instrument is another means to help FAMU determine whether its graduates are prepared for the workforce. A pertinent question on the NSSE asks students, "How much has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas: Acquiring job or work-related knowledge and skills." Results of the 2014 NSSE indicate that the mean score of FAMU undergraduate seniors for this question was significantly higher than all other comparison groups, including NSSE 2013 and 2014 taken as a group.

 

Graduates Exit Survey

The University uses the Graduates Exit Surveys to evaluate student success The Graduates Exit Surveys are used by the University to gather information on the college experience and the long-term impact to the students. The Exit Survey is designed to provide information about graduating students on both undergraduate and graduate levels by soliciting feedback regarding their experiences at FAMU and their future plans.  Eight nine percent (89%) of the respondents in 2013-14 agreed that they had obtained a sense of competence in their major and  96% agreed that they had acquired the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.  Furthermore, 71% of graduates had already accepted a job offer or were confident in finding employment related to their major and 75% had future plans to further their education.  

 

Post-Graduation Data

The following table reports the percent of recent baccalaureate graduates who are either employed full-time or continuing their education within one year after graduation. (Note:  The data is based on the percent found employed or enrolled available from the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP), Wage Record Interchange System 2 (known as “WRIS 2”) and Federal employee and military data that is available from the Federal Employment Data Exchange System (FEDES) initiative).

TABLE 5.  Post-Graduation Metrics: Percent of Bachelor’s Graduates Employed Full-time or Continuing their Education, One Year After Graduation

 

2010-11*

2011-12

2012-13

 Percent Found Employed or Enrolled

63%

65%

69%

*Note:  In 2010-11, non-Florida employment data was not included in the calculation.