Strategic Plan 2022-2027


Boldly Striking, Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) 2022-2027 Strategic Plan sets forth the next journey in our continued progress by building on the University’s distinctive identity and focusing on five strategic priorities: Student Success, Academic Excellence, Leverage the Brand, Long-Term Fiscal Health and Sustainability, and Organizational Effectiveness and Transformation. To aid in achieving our vision, each strategic priority identifies ambitious goals to guide the university and its constituents in Boldly Striking as we move forward. The goals presented promote a sense of excellence, innovation, and transformation throughout the institution. FAMU’s strategies will focus on enhancing the quality of the student educational experience, elevating our performance against internal and external metrics, fostering faculty excellence, and positioning FAMU to become a Carnegie classified R1 research institution.

This plan emerged through a collaborative and transparent process that engaged internal and external stakeholders, reaffirmed historical and current strengths, and anticipated future opportunities and challenges. It expresses and reasserts our mission, vision, and values; and defines bold strategic priorities, which the Board of Trustees approved in July 2022. Boldly Striking provides the framework for decision-making to develop initiatives to promote FAMU as a leading national public university.

University Mission Statement

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is an 1890 land grant, doctoral/research institution devoted to student success at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels. FAMU enhances the lives of its constituents and empowers communities through innovative teaching, research, scholarship, partnerships, and public service. The University continues its rich legacy and historic mission of educating African Americans and embraces all dimensions of diversity.

University Vision Statement

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will be recognized as a leading national public university that is internationally renowned for its competitive graduates, transformative research, and innovation.

University Values

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is committed to the values of accountability, inclusion, innovation, and integrity. The University also values and endorses the Board of Governors' Statement of Free Expression and expects open-minded and tolerant civil discourse to take place throughout the campus community. These values represent the tenets that guide our actions, enable us to sustain our historical mission, and realize our strategic plan.


Strategic Priorities

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Strategic Priority One, Student Success, will strengthen the quality of the student experience and success outcomes by positioning FAMU as an institution of choice for talented students from Florida and beyond; and optimize academic programs. Measures of Success for Student Success represent student outcomes, including retention, graduation and access rates, affordability, and post-graduate outcomes.

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Strategic Priority Two, Academic Excellence, focuses on pursuing Carnegie Classification of Research 1 status, developing a culture of sustained excellence through professional development, and our commitment to health, innovative research, and scholarship. Measures of Success for Academic Excellence focus on degree production for research doctorates, bachelors, and graduate degrees in programs of strategic emphasis.

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Strategic Priority Three, Leverage the Brand, focuses on revolutionizing the customer service experience through coaching, measurement, and a culture of accountability. This priority also includes enhancing branding and messaging to strengthen advocacy and support for academic outcomes. Measures of Success for Leveraging the Brand represent peer perception ratings and customer service satisfaction.

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Strategic Priority Four, Long-Term Fiscal Health and Sustainability, centers on increasing and diversifying revenue, enhancing our infrastructure, increasing philanthropic giving, and providing budgetary support for the strategic plan, all supporting student success. Measures of Success for Long-Term Fiscal Health and Sustainability focus on composite financial index ratios, R&D expenditures, annual research awards, alumni giving rates, funding raising, investment, and endowment values.

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Strategic Priority Five, Organizational Effectiveness and Transformation, focuses on the successful implementation of best practices in institutional sustainability for recruiting, retaining, and developing employees, which includes succession planning to enhance operations through continuous improvement efforts.  Measures of Success for Organization Effectiveness and Transformation focus on employee retention, satisfaction, and awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and audit findings.



We have set challenging goals for Student Success, Academic Excellence, Leveraging the Brand, Long-Term Fiscal Health and Sustainability, and Organizational Effectiveness and Transformation. Yet, with a shared sense of humility, we know that Florida A&M University’s future is in our collective heads, hands, and hearts. However, for this plan to be the true road map of our future, we must internalize this vision of BOLDLY STRIKING and continue the incredible journey that began on October 3, 1887. We are proud of our storied past, celebrate our transformative present, and embrace elevating excellence into our future. For through it all, we know that the Rattlers Will Strike, Strike and Strike Again!



Strategic Plan Scorecard


2022 - 2027 University Strategic Plan (PDF)

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