Student Achievement

 

FAMU Student Achievement – 2021
Updated April 30, 2021

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  2010-2020

Strategic Plan Goals Related to Student Achievement

Strategic Priority 1: Exceptional Student Experience
Goal 1: Enhance pathways to degree attainment
Goal 2: Achieve national distinction for success in retention and graduation rates
Goal 4: Increase the number of students graduating from programs in areas of employer demand
Goal 5: Strategically enhance campus residence, athletic, recreational, instructional and research facilities.


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 1 and 2 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

Term of Entry

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Retention
Rate

80%

82%

81%

85%

83%

82.6%

79%

80%

85%

Source:  2020 Accountability Plan; IPEDS

 

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

Term of Entry

2006-12

2007-13

2008-14

2009-15

2010-16

2011-17

2012-18

2013-19

2014-20

% Graduated

40%

41%

40%

39%

41%

47%

50%

52%

55%

Source:  2020 Accountability Plan


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 (see Table 3 below). For all disciplines combined, FAMU is ranked #9 for the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to African Americans in the 2018-2019 academic year.


 

Table 3. Diverse Issues Top 10 Baccalaureate Degree Producing Majors for FAMU

Rank

Baccalaureate Degree Major

2

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Services

3

Architecture and Related Services

3

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

4

Natural Resources and Conservation

5

Health Professions and Related Programs

7

Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields

9

All Disciplines Combined

9

Communications, Journalism, and Related Programs

10

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

2020 Diverse Issues, Top 100 Degree Producers Rankings 2018-19 Data

 

According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Top 100 Producers, 2020, FAMU is ranked as one of the top 10 producers of African American graduates at the master’s level in the nation for the majors listed below in Table 4. 

 

Table 4. Diverse Issues Top 10 Master’s Degree Producing Majors for FAMU

Rank

Master’s Degree Major

3

Architecture and Related Services

3

Social Sciences

5

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Services

5

Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions

6

Physical Sciences

8

Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration

2020 Diverse Issues, Top 100 Degree Producers Rankings 2018-19 Data


 

For professional degrees, FAMU ranked #1 as a producer of degrees awarded to African Americans in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. FAMU ranked #2 in the nation for all professional disciplines combined. FAMU also ranked #4 in degrees awarded to African Americans in Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. ForLaw, FAMU ranked #5 in the nation by Diverse Issues in the production of African American graduates earning a first professional degree below in Table 5.

Table 5. Diverse Issues Top Ten (10) Professional Doctoral Degree Producing Majors for FAMU

Rank

Professional Doctoral Degree Major

1

Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration

2

All Disciplines Combined

4

Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions

5

Law

2020 Diverse Issues, Top 100 Degree Producers Rankings 2018-19 Data

 

According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Top 100 Producers, 2020, FAMU ranked as one of the top 10 producers of African American graduates at with a Doctor’s-Research/scholarship level in the nation for the majors listed below in Table 6. 

Table 6. Diverse Issues Top Ten (10) Doctor’s Research Degree Producing Majors for FAMU

Rank

Doctor’s Research Degree Major

2

Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration

4

Natural Resources and Conservation

6

Engineering

8

Physical Sciences

8

Public Health

2020 Diverse Issues, Top 100 Degree Producers Rankings 2018-19 Data


Table 7, below reports the top 20 institutions in the nation that awarded baccalaureate degrees to African-Americans in 2018-19.   

Table 7.  National Ranking of Baccalaureate Degrees Awarded to African-Americans in 2018-19

Rank

Institution

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to African Americans

1

University of Phoenix-Arizona (for profit)

5,801

2

Walden University

4,400

3

Grand Canyon University

4,283

4

University of Maryland Global Campus

3,763

5

Ashford University

3,189

6

Broward College

2,831

7

Ultimate-Medical Academy-Clearwater

2,814

8

Liberty University

2,688

9

Georgia State University

2,595

10

Southern New Hampshire University

2,588

11

Capella University

2,330

12

Western Governors University

2,292

13

Miami Dade College

2,160

14

Purdue University Global

1,972

15

University of Central Florida

1,881

16

Florida International university

1,843

17

American Public University System

1,808

18

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

1,785

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, AY 2018-19 Data


Licensure Pass Rates
The University uses licensure pass rates to evaluate student success. Table 8 below reports the pass-rates of examinees for the respective licensure examination for programs.

Table 8.  Professional Licensure/Certification Exams


Nursing: National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

    2020

First-time Pass Rate

90%

74%

64%

78%

76%

64%

82%

63%

67%

Law: Florida Bar Exam

 

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

 First-time Pass Rate

67%

73%

73%

66%

54%

50%

47%

57%

58%

Pharmacy: North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam

 

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

 2017

2018

2019

2020

First-time Pass Rate

88%

85%

89%

85%

59%

74%

75%

83%

83%

Physical Therapy: National Physical Therapy Examinations (Multi-Year)

 

 

2012

2013

2014

 2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Ultimate Pass Rate

95%

85%

92%

77%

92%

96%

91%

100%

91.7%

Occupational Therapy: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam

 

 

2012

2013

2014

 2015

 2016

2017

 2018

2019

2020

First-time Pass Rate

63%

92%

92%

65%

68%

100%

87%

71%

TBD

Cardiopulmonary Sciences: National Board for Respiratory Care Examination (NBRCE)

 

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Overall Pass Rate

78%

91%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

90.9%

TBD

Annual Accountability Plan; Academic Affairs

 

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. The results of the 2017 NSSE administration at FAMU demonstrate that students are generally satisfied with the various aspects of their college experience.  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 2017 NSSE indicate that the Percentage of Seniors Responding “Very much” or “Quite a bit” was 75%, which is a 3% increase over the 2014 administration.

Graduate Exit Survey

The University uses the Graduate Exit Survey to evaluate student success. The Graduate Exit Survey is used by the University to gather information on the college experience and the long-term impact to 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.  Ninety-five percent (95.4%) of the respondents in 2018-19 agreed that they had obtained a sense of competence in their major and 96.1% agreed that they had acquired the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.  Furthermore, eighty-one (80.6%) percent of graduates had already accepted a job offer or were confident in finding employment related to their major.

Post-Graduation Data

Table 9 below 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 9.  Post-Graduation Metrics: Percent of Bachelor’s Graduates Employed Full-time or Continuing their Education, One Year After Graduation

Metric

2012-13

2013-14

2014-5

2015-6

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Percent Found Employed or Enrolled

60%

69%

70.1%

73%

73%

73%

69.1%

Source:  Annual Accountability Plan, Board of Governors Report