FAMU Names Carlotta Mitchell as Center for Academic Advising Director

December 06, 2023
Carlotta Mitchell
Mitchell will oversee the implementation of a new intrusive advising model for student success.

By Deidre Williams

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has selected Carlotta Mitchell to serve as the director of its Center for Academic Advising. Mitchell brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education to the position, effective Dec. 1.

Academic advising is an integral component of student success and is a part of the university’s Boldly Striking 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.

“I am delighted to have Carlotta Mitchell lead the Center for Academic Advising,” said Jennifer Collins, Ph.D., associate provost for first year studies and academic excellence. “She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the university’s goals and strategic initiatives as a retention coordinator, a Title III Programs monitoring coordinator, a First Year Experience course instructor, and an academic coordinator with the Office of Undergraduate Student Success.”

In her new role, Mitchell will oversee more than 30 academic advisors located within the university’s 14 colleges and schools. She will also implement and manage a new intrusive academic advising model—entailing a proactive and holistic approach—to ensure students receive the highest level of support, guidance, and resources to facilitate their academic success and personal growth.

“Due to my passion for student success, I am humbled and elated to be selected as the director of the Center for Academic Advising,” said Mitchell, a FAMU employee for more than 25 years. “I look forward to providing the team with training and resources that will equip and empower students with a first-class experience in preparation for a career. In addition, data will be shared on a regular basis to guide what is done daily to ensure we meet the University’s metrics.”

Mitchell completed her undergraduate studies at FAMU, where she also earned a master’s in Applied Social Sciences. She earned a second master’s, in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, from Nova Southeastern University.

Next week, the Center for Academic Advising will host a two-day advisement and enrollment blitz within each college and school. The goal is to advise and enroll 80 percent of students before winter break by providing easier access to advisers on Dec. 5-6.

The Center for Academic Advising provides students with academic guidance and support services needed to succeed. Academic advisers guide students in their transition into and navigation of the university experience. Students are empowered to make informed academic decisions and utilize campus resources to help clarify their interests, skills, and values in the context of major choice, class selection and degree planning.