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Honors Center Mission
The mission of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Honors Center is to provide a series of challenging courses and academic enhancement experiences for undergraduate students who excel. Enhancement of academic performance in critical thinking skills, in essence, will lead to consummate intellectual engagement and strong research orientation as a launch to both graduate and professional schools, as well as career paths. The center stresses four major areas of concentration: academic achievement, development of leadership potential, community service and cultural enrichment.
Honors Program Objectives
- To create an environment where academically talented students can develop and thrive.
- To provide mentoring, nurturing and academic support to assist students in achieving their full potential
- To promote students' interest in international education.
- To provide opportunities for internships and service learning involvement.
Honors Program Admission Requirements
The University Honors Center has a separate admissions process from the University as a whole. The criteria for admittance into the University Honors Center depend on a student's classification and enrollment status.
First Time in College
All high school graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale, and 1700 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT, are invited to apply for admission to the University Honors Center. Complete application packets must be submitted with the following information:
- Two letters of recommendation
- A copy of the high school transcript
- Writing sample
Current and Transfer Students
Continuing college and transfer students, and community college graduates with AA degrees, with a strong academic background and/or a minimum GPA of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale may also apply for admission to the University Honors Center. The latest point at which students may apply for admissions to the center is the first semester of their junior year. In order to remain in the center, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Qualified applicants are accepted from all disciplines.
Office of International Education and Development
The Office of International Education and Development (OlED), a component of the Division of Academic Affairs, supports and promotes the internationalization of the University through the incorporation of international curriculum development, and academic enhancement activities related to teaching, research, and public service. OlED seeks to promote the University's relevance in an interdependent global village and to facilitate greater appreciation of cross-cultural relations and global issues. OlED strives to establish and maintain a University environment that encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in a process that enhances and broadens the global role of the University. Services to students, faculty, and staff are provided through three units: (1) International Student and Scholar Services; (2) Education Abroad and Exchange Programs; and (3) International Research and Development. If you need any of these services, please contact the Office of International Education and Development, located in 305 Perry-Paige North, call 850-599-3295/3562, or visit FAMU's International Education's webpage.
International Research and Development
The International Research and Development Department (IRD) facilitates the development of international collaborative projects by providing technical assistance to enable faculty, staff, and students to become involved in international collaborative research and development activities. IRD assists in identifying and/or coordinating international project proposals with faculty and staff. It establishes contacts and conducts fact finding activities with foreign universities that result in capacity building projects or teaching exchanges. It facilitates the engagement of faculty in exciting international capacity building projects and research activities with foreign universities and governments. The staff monitors or assists in coordinating collaborative international projects to be implemented by faculty and staff. It networks with professional international consortia, organizations and government agencies for grants to support FAMU internationalization. IRD has responsibility of developing and maintaining all international Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) and is the official custodian of MOAs approved by FAMU with entities abroad. In addition, we create collaborative relationships with foreign institutions to foster two plus two agreements for enrollment of undergraduate students, as well as, admissions to masters and doctoral programs. In addition, IRD administers and processes all immigration documents for transferring F-1 students and J-1 research scholars to change their visa status to H-1B temporary specialty employment visas; as well as, review and process permanent resident visa petitions.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Department
The International Student and Scholar Services Department provides resources to facilitate the adjustment process of international students in their 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 enrolled at FAMU and provides assistance to faculty and staff desiring to change their visa status or transfer to another U.S. institution. In addition to administrative support and referral services related to immigration and other needs, ISSS offers a range of programs and activities to advance the overall educational experience of international students and scholars at FAMU. All incoming international students and scholars are provided orientation to the University and the local community. The staff provides international students and scholars individualized advising related to academic issues, housing, health issues and other concerns. It also sponsors outreach initiatives, which include a host family program and participation in the community international awareness activities. OIED also sponsors the International Student Union Association. In addition, international students and scholars are encouraged to actively participate in both international and domestic cultural events and training opportunities to include, but not limited to: employment career fairs; foreign employment and income tax workshops; study abroad, research and internship opportunities; leadership conferences; international awareness and education week; annual Charles Billings International Reception hosted during international education week; and presenters in classrooms and cultural events campus-wide and the greater community; and processing of immigration documents for travel, study, research, and employment.
Education Abroad and Exchange Programs
The Education Abroad and Exchange Programs (EAEP) Department, a Title III funded activity, provides FAMU students a substantial array of resources to help them identify opportunities for study, travel and work abroad. The International Resource Center consists of printed directories, guidebooks, pamphlets, brochures, a TV monitor and a computer to access electronic bookmarked websites of diverse education abroad opportunities. Education abroad consists of service learning, traditional year-long or semester study abroad, internships, departmental-sponsored short-term study, research and outreach. All study abroad courses are taught by the respective host institution faculty. The education abroad staff organizes several short-term academic excursions with a service learning component during our spring breaks or summer sessions for faculty, staff, and students. The enriching activities can be customized to the faculty member's class syllabi or a department research project. FAMU is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of accredited two and four year U.S. and foreign colleges and universities that share a commitment to developing a variety of international programs. Through its consortia affiliations with CCIS and the Council for International Education & Exchanges, students can study in over 100 countries and in most fields. Applications are processed through the Office of International Education and Development.
The education abroad staff seeks to identify opportunities for faculty and staff to study, teach, or conduct research abroad. They assist with travel arrangements, travel document issues, pre-departure orientation, and other concerns related to travel abroad. The staff maintains a collection of resources for faculty and staff and regularly informs them through the OIED Newsletter, flyers, etc., of the various opportunities available through public and private agencies for exchanges, research opportunities, and technical assistance to other universities. The Diplomat-In-Residence (DIR) Program is another component within OIED. Since 2001, FAMU has hosted eight Diplomats-in-Residence; a program supported by the U.S. Department of State to encourage more students to pursue careers in the Foreign Service and foreign affairs and prepares students to compete for prestigious international and State Department internships. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.
Student Records Management Procedures
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, most often referred to as FERPA, deals specifically with the education records of students, affording them certain rights with respect to those records. For purposes of definition, education records are those records which are:
- Directly related to a student and
- Maintained by an institution or a party acting for the institution.
FERPA gives students who reach the age of 18 or who attend a post-secondary institution the right to inspect and review their own education records. Furthermore, students have other rights, including the right to request amendment of records and to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from these records.
FERPA applies to the education records of persons who are or have been in attendance in post-secondary institutions, including students in cooperative and correspondence study programs.
FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend an institution. Furthermore, rights are not given by FERPA to students enrolled in one component of an institution who seek to be admitted in another component of an institution.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) shall comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment) - 20 U.S.C. ~ 1232g - of 1974, which gives enrolled students the right to:
- Review and inspect their education records;
- Challenge and seek to amend education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading;
- Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their educational records, except to the extent that FERPA allows disclosures without consent; and
- Complain to the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged violations by FAMU of any such rights. Pursuant to FERPA requirements, some personally identifiable student information, designated by law as "directory information," may be released to third parties by FAMU without prior consent of a student unless the student files a written request with the FAMU Office of the Registrar to restrict directory information access.
FAMU has designated the following as directory information:
- The name of a student who is in attendance or who has been in attendance
- The local, home address of a present or former student)
- The telephone number of a present or former student
- Date and Place of Birth of a present or former student
- The major field of study of a present or former student
- Dates of attendance
- Enrollment Status
- Participation in Officially Recognized collegiate sports
- Weight and height of athletes
- Degrees and academic honor awards received and pertinent dates
- Most recent educational institutions attended prior to FAMU
The following information is not considered directory information and may not be released or disclosed in any way (except to a school official with a legitimate interest, or to a third party with signed and dated consent from the student or former student):
- Student Identification Number
- Social Security Number
An enrolled student may select Privacy (refuse to permit disclosure of "directory information'). To do so, the student must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing if he/she refuses to permit the University to disclose such information. The University will not release any further disclosures of directory information about the student without the student's prior written consent except to the extent authorized by FERPA or other State or Federal laws.
All custodians of a student's education records and all University employees/agents shall comply with FERPA and follow strict practice that information contained in a student's education record is confidential and shall not be disclosed without the prior written consent of the student except as otherwise provided by FERPA. FERPA exceptions are outlined in the policy and procedures herein.
Regarding the disposition of records held pertaining to a deceased student, in accordance with FERPA, it is the policy of FAMU that the privacy interests of an individual expire with that individual's death. FAMU publishes annually a notice of primary rights for enrolled
All University employees who manage or have direct or indirect access to student education records are held responsible for reading and understanding the policy. Furthermore, all employees who manage or have direct or indirect access to student education records are responsible for following security practices established by the University, Colleges, or departments.
The University Registrar has been designated as the FERPA Compliance Officer for the University. Further information about FAMU's policy and procedures with respect to privacy of student records may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.
Location of Education Records
All information provided by a student to the University for the use in the educational process is considered part of the student's education record. Information may fall into one of the following categories:
- Admission records are located in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, and the custodian of such records is the Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, Suite G-9, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- Cumulative academic records are located in the Office of the Registrar, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, and the custodian of such records is the University Registrar, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, Room 112, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- Financial aid records are located in the Office of Financial Aid, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, and the custodian of such records is the Director of Financial Aid, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, Suite 101, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- Student financial records are located in the Office of Student Financial Services, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, and the custodian of such records is the Director of Student Financial Services, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Suite G-7, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- Student placement records are located in the Career Center, Student Union Plaza and the custodian of such records is the Director, Career Center, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Student Union Plaza Suite 118, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- College-based testing records are located in the Counseling and Assessment Center, and the custodian of such records is the Director, Counseling and Assessment, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University Counseling Center, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- College records are located in the college dean's office and/or departmental offices of each college and in faculty offices at each college or department and the custodian of such records is the appropriate dean, department chairperson, professor, instructor or advisor.
- Disciplinary records are located in the Office of Judicial Affairs, Student Union Plaza, and the custodian of such records is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 308 FHAC, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- Disability records are located in the Learning Development Evaluation Center, and the custodian of such records is the Director, LDEC, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical, Orr Drive, Suite 555, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
- International student records are located in the Office of International Services, HFFM, and the custodian of such records is the Provost, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 301 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
While most student records maintained by the University are considered to be education records, those listed below are specifically excluded:
- Sole possession records or memory aids created and maintained for private use with limited access to anyone other than the creator;
- University Police records maintained solely for law enforcement purposes;
- University employment records for employment not dependent on student status and does not result in academic credit or a grade;
- Records created by a medical or mental health professional to be used only for providing treatment to a student;
- Alumni records if they contain only information related to an individual after the individual is no longer a student.
Legitimate Educational Interest
University officials shall have access to student education records for legitimate educational purposes when a need to know has been demonstrated by those officials who act in the student's educational interest. This includes faculty, administration, student employees, clerical and professional employees and other persons who manage student records information. Any school official who needs information about a student in the course of performing instructional, supervisory, advisory or administrative duties has a legitimate educational interest.
Exceptions to Student Consent for Release of Records
All custodians of a student's education records and other University employees/agents may not disclose student information to third parties without the student's prior written consent except as provided in this section:
- Under the following circumstances, University officials may make disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records without the consent of the student:
- To officials of another college or University where the student seeks or intends to enroll on the condition that the institution makes a reasonable effort to inform the student of the disclosure unless the student initiates the transfer.
- To certain federal and state officials who require information in order to audit or enforce legal conditions related to programs at the University supported by federal or state funds.
- To parties who provide or may provide financial aid to the student.
- To an individual or organization under written contract with the University or FLDOE for the purpose of conducting a study on the University's behalf for the development of tests, the administration of student aid, or the improvement of instruction.
- To an outside contractor who is a "party acting on behalf of the University and is performing a service which the University would otherwise have to perform for itself."
- To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
- To parents of an enrolled student if the parents claim the student as a dependent under the Internal Revenue code of 1954. The University will exercise this option only on the condition that the evidence of such dependency is furnished to the University Registrar.
- To comply with a lawfully issued subpoena or judicial order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The University will make reasonable effort to notify the student before the disclosure-unless otherwise noted by the judicial document.
- The result of a disciplinary proceeding may be released to the victim on the student's crime of violence.
- To comply with an ex parte order from the Office of the Attorney General (or designee).
To state or local officials in compliance with state laws adapted prior to November 19, 1974.
- University officials are authorized to make necessary disclosures from student education records without the prior consent of the student in a health or safety emergency if the University official deems:
- The disclosure to be warranted by the seriousness of the threat to the safety or health of the student or other persons; or
- The information disclosed is necessary and needed to meet the emergency; and
- Time is an important and limiting factor in dealing with the emergency.
All requests for disclosure under the above circumstances, where the University may disclose personally identifiable information without the student's prior consent to third parties other than its own officials, will be referred to the University Registrar or the appropriate records custodian.
At the post-secondary level, parents have no inherent rights to inspect a student's education records. The right to inspect is limited solely to the student. Records may be released to parents only under the following circumstances:
- Through the written consent of the student
- In compliance with a subpoena,
- By submission of evidence that the parent declares the student as a dependent on their most recent Federal Income Tax form (IRS Code of 1954).
- University officials may not disclose personally identifiable information contained in a student's education record except directory information or under the circumstances listed above, except with the student's prior written consent. Written consent must include the following:
- A specification of the information the student consents to be disclosed
- The person or organization or the class of persons or organizations to whom the disclosure may be made; and
- The purpose of the disclosure
- The student's signature and date (within the last calendar year) of the consent.
- The student may obtain a copy of any records the University disclosed pursuant to the student's prior written consent. The University will not release information contained in a student's education records, except directory information, to any third parties except its own officials, unless those third parties agree in writing that they will not redisclose the information without the student's prior written consent.
Additional Guidelines for Faculty
- The posting of grades by the student's name, institutional student identification number or social security number is not allowed. Grades cannot be posted via paper source or electronic source unless the instructors and others who post grades use a system that ensures FERPA requirements are met.
- Prohibition on disclosure of personally identifiable information from an education record of a student applies to any kind of nondirectory information. Examples include performance in class, grades, attitude, motivation, abilities and background that are conveyed in writing, in person or over the phone to third parties.
Challenge of Contents of Education Records
Florida A&M University provides any student with an opportunity to challenge and amend the contents of his/her education records which the student considers to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights. Challenge requests must be submitted to the University Registrar.
Protocol for Records Storage and Disposal
Once University officials who are designated custodians of student records have established the following protocol for ensuring that student records being collected, accessed, stored, printed, destroyed or otherwise used are physically secure from unauthorized access.
Each person using electronic systems to access records must have a unique account with a password assigned for his/her own use. The account name and passwords used to access these systems must not be written down, told to others, or made available in any way for use by other persons. Account holders must change their passwords frequently.
Computers used to access electronic records systems must not be left unattended. Computers located in public areas must be positioned so that visitors cannot view.
Printers must not be publicly accessible and must be attended so that printed materials cannot be seen or taken by authorized persons. To reduce this risk, printed materials must be retrieved from the printer promptly. Printed or copies of records stored on electronic media must be kept in locked drawers or cabinets when not being used. Records being used must be returned to locked storage areas overnight. Central filing systems must be secured behind locked doors when they are not attended.
Printed records must be shredded prior to recycling. Copies of records stored on electronic media, such as computer hard drives, CD-ROM, or diskette must be permanently deleted from these media before the media is disposed of. If this is not possible, the media itself should be destroyed and made unusable prior to its disposal.
Definition of Terms
Student - An individual for whom the educational institution maintains records. The term refers to a person who is or in the past has received academic credit from the University. "Student" does not include an individual who is or has been enrolled in noncredit, Continual Learning programs.
Enrolled Student - For the purpose of this document, this term refers to a student who has satisfied all the institution's requirements for attendance in course offered for academic credit at the institution and is statistically represented in federal, state and/or local reports
maintained by the educational institution.
Education Records (Academic Records) - Any records maintained by the University and employees/agents of the University which contain personally identifiable information directly related to a student record, and used herein, includes any information or data recorded in any medium, including but not limited to handwriting, print, magnetic tapes and disks, film, microfilm and microfiche.
Student Records - Any information or data collected, recorded, or maintained in any medium (e.g., handwriting, print, tapes, films, files, microfilm, microfiche, and any other form of electronic data storage).
Directory Information - Information contained in an education record of a student that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Items that can never be identified as directory information are a student's social security number, citizenship, gender, religious preference, grades and GPA.
Personally Identifiable Information - Data or information which includes:
- The name of the student, the student's parents, or other family members;
- The student's addresses;
- A personal identifier such as a social security number or any generated student number; or
- A list of personal characteristics or other information that would allow the student's identity to be traced.
School Officials (University Officials) - Those members of an institution who act in the student's educational interest within the limitations of their "need to know." Officials may include faculty, administration, clerical, and professional employees and other persons, including student employees or agents, who manage student education record information.
The University has also defined a school official to be any person currently serving as:
- A member of the Florida Board of Governors (FBOG);
- As a temporary substitute for a staff member or faculty member at FAMU for the period of his/her performance as a substitute member; and
- A member of the FBOG or under contract to the University to perform a special administrative task. Such persons shall be considered to be school officials for the period of their performance as an employee or contractor.
The Samuel H. Coleman Memorial Library and its branches provide information services for the University Community. Branch libraries include the Science Research Center Library, the Journalism and Graphic Communication Resources Center, and the Architecture and Engineering Technology Library. The University Libraries also support the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering Library and the FAMU Developmental Research School. The College of Law Library, an independent library, is operated under the auspices of the College of Law. Library users may find it necessary to use more than one library to discover all resources available at the University.
Library collections presently include nearly two million cataloged volumes, over 99,000 bound periodicals, over 500,000 microforms, over 76,000 non-print resources, and over 83,000 serial and/or journal titles. Since 1936, the University has been designated also as a selective depository for United States government publications. There are over 200,000 items in the government documents depository collection. In addition to the resources owned by the University Libraries, our Interlibrary Loan services provide access to holdings of other cooperating libraries. Interlibrary loan requests may be placed in person or online while searching the online catalog. Reciprocal borrowing privileges are available at all Florida public universities and colleges.
The online catalog can be found on the Libraries' homepage: http://www.famu.edu/library. The online catalog reflects the majority of book and journal holdings of the University Libraries. It links to journal articles, over 77,000 unique full-text journal titles, over 55100,000 electronic books, and over 470,000 government publications in electronic format. The Libraries' homepage, together with the online catalog, eases the difficulty of locating information.
In addition to research materials, the Libraries provide over 200 public computer workstations in the main libraries and branches in support of research and study and a team of systems personnel. These computer workstations can be used to access the Library Homepage, the online catalog, and other Internet sites. Software is provided at the workstations to support the research needs of our students.
The Rattler Identification Card is necessary to obtain certain library services. This card is used to borrow books or to establish identity for other library services such as interlibrary loan service, course reserves, printing, copying, and off-campus database use.
Members of the library staff are available to provide assistance with all library materials and information services. Reference service is provided to library users in each library. In addition to onsite reference services, ASK-A-LIBRARIAN provides virtual reference service. The University Libraries deliver competent, quality, and timely instruction through individual point of use instruction, formal individual and group orientations and literacy sessions, printed handouts, research guides and online tutorials. Instruction is provided to local users as well as to distance learners. Information literacy sessions are designed to equip users with the skills needed to locate, evaluate, and use library information resources and services. Formal literacy instruction is based upon goals as defined by classroom faculty. Additional information, including contact information and descriptions of specialized services and resources are available in the Library's on-line section.
Instructional Media Center
The Instructional Media Center (IMC), located on the ground floor of the Coleman Library, Room 104, contains two interactive classrooms, a faculty development lab, and an academic computer lab. The IMC offers multimedia, distance learning, audiovisual, and videoconferencing support to faculty, staff and students at Florida A&M University. These facilities are available for class sessions or developing instructional and student materials.
The Instructional Technology staff is also available to help faculty assess the feasibility of using technology to enhance the teaching-learning environment. The staff will assist faculty with incorporating technology into lesson development and lesson delivery. In addition, staff members can work with faculty to prepare course material for delivering classes via videoconference and web-based instruction. The IMC provides assistance in the creation of projected images or computer generated presentations. Please call the IMC at (850) 599-3460 or 599-3461 for appointments and reservations or visit our website at www.famu.edu/it
Faculty Development Lab
Recognizing that faculty training and support are pivotal to the full integration of technology into the learning process, a faculty development lab, located in the Instructional Media Center, is devoted to training faculty in the use of multimedia and distance learning technologies and in the development of courseware. A comprehensive online faculty development certification is available to professors, which qualifies them to teach in the distance learning program. In addition, the IMC provides resources to keep the University community up-to-date in the rapidly changing technological environment for instruction. The lab is equipped with computers, printers, scanners, digital cameras, CD-ROM writers/recorders, and instructional software that faculty can use to enhance and develop instructional materials.
Distance Learning Classroom
There are two IP videoconferencing interactive classrooms. One of the interactive classrooms is a turnkey integration of videoconferencing equipment, multimedia, Internet service, and multipoint conferencing. This room is located in 117 of the IMC. The other Instructional Technology interactive classroom is located in the new wing of the Coleman Library in room 113 in the Office of Instructional Technology. This IP classroom runs on Internet 2 and houses the Access Grid. This room is equipped with state-of-the-art components. Some of these components include Sony cameras, three Sharp LCD projectors, four Intel Pentium III machines, Mackie speakers, Crown Microphones, two sound blaster audio cards, two multimedia keyboards, one Matrox video card, two Matrox dual video cards, a NEC MultiSync LCD and four video capture cards.
Academic Computer Lab
The Academic Computer Lab is equipped with DELL and GATEWAY personal computers, which are connected to the campus network in order to provide students access to the Internet and electronic mail. The software installed on the computers is Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, etc.). The computer lab has a printing cost of $.10 per page. Printing is activated by the use of the Rattler Card. Students can put cash on their Rattler Card at the Cash Value Center (CVC) located in the IMC. Other CVCs are located in several locations around campus. A computer lab supervisor and lab assistants are available to assist students with their various academic assignments.
Satellite Downlinking Services
The IMC houses two digital and two analog satellite antennas (C and Ku-band). The IMC is a member of the Florida Channel. Satellite programs can be downlinked and viewed live or recorded for viewing at a later date.
The IMC provides faculty, staff and students access to media circulation services and a growing collection of instructional materials selected to meet their educational needs. The IMC houses a collection of nearly 6,000 titles in different formats (i.e. videotape, audiotape, etc.). The collection is available for classroom use to faculty, students and other related area where non-printed media are an integral parts of the teaching-learning process. The videotape collection is continually upgraded with new acquisitions made throughout the academic year. A large selection of audio-visual equipment, such as LCD projectors, slide projectors, over-head projectors, VCRs and camcorders, are available to enhance classroom instruction.
Enterprise Information Technology (EIT)
The Office of Enterprise Information Technology (EIT) is the primary information technology provider for Florida A&M University. This includes providing technical support to a majority of hardware and software systems of the university. The mission of EIT is to provide innovative, reliable, cost effective technological services to the University community and stakeholders in support of the University's operations and mission. EIT is responsible for campus-wide networking, e-mail services, telecommunications, network and data security, software and hardware support, PC computing, wireless networking, webcast services, virus protection, development, maintenance and support of the iRattler/PeopleSoft system which, among other functions, allows students to enroll in classes, pay tuition and view financial aid. The Internet is available through fiber optic and Ethernet connections provided to the desktops of faculty, staff, classrooms, dormitories, and other laboratories on the university campus. EIT also oversees the Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development (CPCWD) which offers workforce development training and serves as a resource for small businesses growth and development. The CPCWD provides public access to broadband computers and video conferencing services. Additionally, the official Florida A&M University's website is developed and supported by EIT in conjunction with the Division of Communications and External relations. EIT also manages an iRattler mobile application which allows students to perform a variety of enrollment functions, check their financial aid status, pay their fees and access their grades. E-mail, iRattler and Blackboard are key information technology services that are available to all students (traditional and distance learning).
The EIT Helpdesk office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides a variety of services that are designed to assist university community in maintaining and supporting their iRattler/e-mail accounts, university owned computers and providing software installation support. EIT in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel sets the policy standards for university computing. EIT staff also assists with computer setup and configuration, software installations, troubleshooting, and problem diagnosis for hardware/software issues for university owned computers. EIT manages the e-mail servers which involves administration, backup, restoration, security and maintenance of the servers as well as overseeing the network servers on the university campus. Network servicing entails server administration, backup and restoration, security and maintenance of connectivity both on and off the university campus for authorized computer users. Finally, EIT facilitates the allocation of the Technology Fee funds after they are approved by the Technology Fee committee. These funds are used for renovating computer labs, providing new computers, funding technology based positions, purchasing hardware/software that enhances technology experience and supports academic learning for students. EIT consists of following teams:
The Applications Development/Technical team for PeopleSoft development works with various offices across the campus for designing, developing and implementing various enhancements in the iRattler/PeopleSoft applications. Additionally, the team generates queries and other ad-hoc reports used for administration, faculty, staff, governmental and accrediting agencies.
The Campus Solutions/iRattler Student Administration Team enables the university to deliver web based student enrollment and business services to students, staff, faculty and administrators using a functionality available in our PeopleSoft application. The team provides direct functional and technical support in the form of training, application maintenance, upgrades, reports, troubleshooting and enhancements to the enrollment and academic offices.
Financial Management System
The iRattler/PeopleSoft Financial Management System (FMS) Team provides support to the various university offices that carry out the general ledger, commitment control, asset management, project costing, purchasing, eProcurement, contracts, billing, sponsored projects (Grants), accounts payables, expenses and receivables.
The iRattler Financials team also maintains the iRattler Financial Management System, ensuring that bundles, fixes and tax tables are tested and implemented. The team is responsible for troubleshooting problems and issues of a technical nature and generating queries as well as other ad hoc reports for the offices they support.
Human Capital Management
The Human Capital Management (HCM) team is responsible for managing the iRattler (PeopleSoft) HCM Application. Human Capital Management Application is an integrated system, which includes the functions of Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits, Commitment Accounting and Recruiting. This application enables university employees to securely view their paychecks, personal information, compensation history, direct deposit information, W-2 information, report time, apply for job openings, check leave balances and provides other useful Human Resources features.
The Information Security team is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the on-going viability of Florida A&M University by establishing and maintaining a robust security program based on best practices.
The Information Security team is responsible for information security strategy, security architecture development, university wide oversight, continuous monitoring and protection of information resources, evaluating suspected security breaches and recommending corrective actions as well as serving as the enterprise focal point for computer security incident response planning and execution. The scope of this team covers all utilized enterprise technologies, including mainframe, distributed and infrastructure-based systems. This department also has enterpriselevel responsibility for all data/information security policies, standards, evaluations, roles and university-wide awareness. This department also interfaces and has reporting responsibilities to the Division of Compliance and Audit.
Enterprise Information Technology Services/Telecommunications
EIT Services provides the following services:
- iRattler Assistance
- FAMMail set up and password reset
- Wireless setup for personal laptops
- Virus Protection
- Webcasting services
- University Data Center management
- Telephony support
- Printer and imaging support
The Office of Telecommunications is part of EIT Services. This Office of Telecommunications main function is to provide telephone services to the campus community.
The Web Team in conjunction with Division of Communications and External Relations is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of main university website and interior webpages. The web team is responsible for creating applications and systems to further enhance the quality of the service of the university. These applications help administrators provide better service to the university. The web team also maintains the Task Management System (TMS) and Content Management System (CMS). The TMS allows faculty and staff to report various technology problems, data requests, and submit various requests. The Content Management System (CMS) allows content managers from different departments to maintain their departmental websites. FamCast is the Florida A&M University's Webcast System which brings quality audio and video content from convocations, Board of Trustees Meetings, commencements other important events to the university community.
The Network and Infrastructure team is responsible for the implementation, upgrade and maintenance of university wide network infrastructure. The Network Team ensures that students, faculty and staff have access to the Internet via both wired and wireless infrastructure. FAMUSecure is the university's secure wireless network and is available to all faculty, staff and students.
Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development (CPCWD)
The Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development (CPCWD) offers workforce development training and serves as a resource for growth and development of small businesses. It provides public access to broadband computers and video conference services.
Title III Program
Title III Program is under the direction of the Office of the President and managed by the Executive Director. The Program is the result of the Higher Education Act of 1965, designed to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities to include Historically Black Graduate Institutions. The funding received from the U.S. Department of Education provides an opportunity to implement Legislative Allowable Activities across disciplines, schools, colleges and departments that will support University goals and objectives directly related to the strategic plan, the development of new and enhanced curricular offerings, and the successful completion of degree programs by its students.
The mission of the Title III Programs Office is to ensure that federal resources are effectively and efficiently used to assist the University in becoming self-sufficient and expanding its capacity to serve low-income students. The funds are provided to improve and strengthen the University's academic quality, institutional management, fiscal stability, and student services outcomes.
Currently, Title III funds are used to assist academic and administrative departments in meeting requirements for accreditation and certification; in implementing retention activities; and in developing innovative curricula for new degree programs. FAMU is one of 18 universities receiving financial support for graduate institutions in strengthening programs such as the sciences, engineering, pharmacy, architecture, libraries, allied health, nursing and environmental sciences provided under the Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) Program of Title III.
Under the auspices of the Office of Title III Part B, HBCU and HBGI, and Part F, SAFRA (Student Aid Fiscal Responsibility Act, these federal funds have made and continue to make positive impacts on the University. Title III funds support (1) technological enhancements for instructional and administrative purposes; (2) faculty development and exchanges; (3) renovation and maintenance of instructional facilities; (4) innovative academic programs where blacks are underrepresented; (5), Ph.D. programs, professional programs, and assistantships in engineering, pharmacy, and environmental studies, Computer Information Systems (CIS), Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Law and Architecture; (6) purchase of instructional materials; (7) research facilities in the sciences and engineering; and (8) student services.
Title III Activities
Each year selected activities are approved for continuation and/or new funding within a five-year funding cycle. The Office of Title III Programs monitors each activity to ensure compliance with the U.S. Department of Education's regulations. The following activities are Title III supported programs:
Academic Affairs (General)
Enhancing Instructional Technology Resources
Enhancing Specialized Health Related Resources in Library
Innovative Academic Instruction for STEM Programs
Post Baccalaureate Curriculum
Academic Success Institute
Academic Support - Library
Enhancing Library Resources and Services for Graduate Programs
Institutional Development and Capacity Building
Strengthening Institutional Effectiveness in Accreditation, Assessment, and Research
Enhancing Operational Efficiencies Through Training
Organization Development and Training
College of Science and Technology
Enhancing Graduate Arts and Sciences
School of Architecture & Engineering
School of Architecture Graduate Student Summer Program
College of Education
Teacher Education and Certification
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Minority Engineering Support for Graduate Students
STEM-Research Center for Cutting-Edge Technology
FAMU School of Law
Enhancement of the J.D. Program
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of the Environment
Advanced Graduate Studies in Environmental Sciences and Policy through Interdisciplinary Research
School of Nursing
School of Allied Health
Academic Enhancement of Graduate Health Management Education
College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
International Study (Exchange Program)
Legal Scholars Preparatory Program
Title IV or TRiO Programs are administered by the US Department of Education, the purpose of Title IV is to provide support to students ranging from middle school to graduate school in gaining access to, and successfully completing programs of postsecondary education. The University operates three TRiO Programs. The collective mission of the TRiO Academic Support Center is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented in higher education who gain admission to, and complete programs of studies resulting in higher education degrees. Programs within the Center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's TRiO Programs include 1) Upward Bound Regional Institute for Math & Science, 2) Student Support Services, and 3) Talent Search. Collectively, the Center provides a range of academic support services, including instruction, academic advising, counseling, tutoring, career planning, residential programs, research internships and access to technology to over 1,000 students annually.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services is a TRiO Program federally funded by the US Department of Education. The goal of TRiO/SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.
TRiO/Student Support Services will provide services designed to help the participants graduate from college.
The lab is open weekdays for all TRiO students during the day and operates on extended hours during exam weeks. To get more information on the lab, feel free to either stop by, send us an email, or call @ 850-561-2104.
Upward Bound Regional Institute for Math & Science
The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating high school students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.
The FAMU UBMS Program currently serves six high schools in five Northern Florida counties. Program services include: summer programs with intensive math and science training; year-round counseling and advisement; exposure to university faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; computer training; and participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of faculty members or graduate students, who are serving as mentors; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.
The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
Projects provide tutorial services, career exploration, aptitude assessments, counseling, mentoring programs, workshops, information on postsecondary institutions; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts, entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system or other disconnected students.
Center for Disability Access and Resources (CeDAR)
The Center for Disability Access and Resources (CeDAR) at Florida A & M University provides supportive services to students with disabilities to enhance their skills for personal, academic and professional growth. The mission of the CeDAR, is to provide enriching support programs, services, and reasonable accommodations to FAMU students with disabilities. Our mission is to also foster a sense of empowerment in students with disabilities by educating them about their legal rights and responsibilities so that they can make informed choices, be critical thinkers, and selfadvocates. Our goal is to ensure students with disabilities have access to the same programs, opportunities, and activities available to all FAMU students.
The CeDAR identifies a participant's level of abilities and provides services to include:
- Prescriptive Plans of Study
- Academic Advisement
- Individualized Counseling/Testing
- Development of Compensatory and Life-Long Skills
- Monitoring of Student Progress
- Readers, Tutors, and Proctors
We recognize that many students with specific disabilities have the potential; however, without these specialized support services their potential may never be fully realized and developed. As a participant, students have access to life-long learning skills that are necessary for active participation in a competitive society.
The CeDAR also supports the University by providing campuswide transportation to students with physical disabilities and/or challenges. This includes access to University buildings and/or gated areas for student drop-off/pick-ups.
Adaptive Learning Lab
The CeDAR is supported by an adaptive learning laboratory that consists of desktop computers w/printers and large screen monitors; voice dictated and synthesized computer software. Additional equipment available for use includes:
- Talking Calculators
- Laptop Computers
- Laser Scanners
- Magnification Devices
- Brain Child (mini tutorial software)
- Digital/Micro-cassette Recorders
- Quicktionary Pen Readers
- Hearing Helper Personal FM System
- Books on Tape/CD
College Study Skills Institute
The CeDAR sponsors the College Study Skills Institute (CSSI), a five week summer program designed for prospective students with disabilities. During CSSI, students' strengths and weaknesses are identified, and their disability/disabilities and reasonable accommodations are discussed and broadened to enhance their academic foundation levels for learning and success.
Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship
The CeDAR sponsors the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship, a competitively award program which is available to undergraduate students with disabilities who enroll in the State of Florida University System. Contact Information:
Florida A&M University
Center for Disability Access and Resources (CeDAR)
667 Ardelia Court
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 599-3180 (Main Line)
(850) 561-2513 (Fax)
(850) 561-2783 (TDD)
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) A Partnership Program with the United States Small Business
The Small Business Development Center has as its major focus provision of management and technical assistance to small business firms to aid in stabilizing the economy, developing jobs in the private sector, and fostering entrepreneurship. Services are provided to an area which includes eight counties: Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Liberty, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla.
Educational Programs - Provide workshops, conferences and courses in business management. A nominal registration fee is charged for all educational programs.
Counseling - Provides personal and confidential counseling by certified business analysts which include but is not limited to the following:
- Starting a Business
- Business Plan Development
- Market Research and Planning
- Accounting Systems
- Taxes and Licensing Compliance
- Loan Resources
- Government Procurement
Counseling services are provided free and requires an appointment.
Resource Library - Provides access to business-related publications, videos and various reference materials.
Computer Learning Center - Provides access to various business software applications and the internet.
Construction Management Development and Bond Guarantee - Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the CMDBG provides a comprehensive construction management development training program for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and establishes a program for providing bonding assistance to DBEs through bond guarantees on FDOT projects.
Innovation Park Business Incubator - In collaboration with the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University and the Leon County R&D Authority, the Innovation Park Business Incubator expects to enhance the regional economy by promoting the creation, expansion and recruitment of high growth/high wage companies.
The purpose of the Innovation Park Business Incubator is to provide a nurturing environment for new and/or fledgling businesses, no-to-reduced rent for short periods of time, conference/meeting facilities, receptionist/secretarial support, capital investment search assistance and a variety of other business services for startup companies and entrepreneurs during their first two to three years of development. By coordinating the strategic deployment of resources and encouraging small business networking and joint-venturing, the Innovation Park Business Incubator helps entrepreneurs to minimize and manage the risk normally associated with starting and growing.*
Small Business Enterprise - A collaborative agreement between the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University and Leon County, the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is a race and gender neutral program, which affords benefits to small businesses to participate in Leon County's procurement of goods and services. The SBE program fosters growth in the county's economy by affording small businesses a chance to gain experience, knowledge, and training to compete and secure contracts in the bidding process.
Benefits of the SBE Program - The Small Business Enterprise Program provides management and technical assistance training to enhance the small business probability of success, thereby increasing the community's economic development. The training is provided through the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University. County officials will reserve bids and Requests for Proposal (RFP) for SBEs when at least three (3) SBEs are certified within the same type of commodity or service activity.**
*Information from Incubator Program Agreement
**Information from SBE Program Brochure
International Education and Development
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Department provides resources to facilitate the adjustment process of international students in their 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 enrolled at FAMU and provides assistance to faculty and staff desiring to change their visa status or transfer to another U.S. institution. In addition to administrative support and referral services related to immigration and other needs, ISSS offers a range of programs and activities to advance the overall educational experience of international students and scholars at FAMU. All incoming international students and scholars are provided orientation to the University and the local community. The staff provides international students and scholars individualized advising related to academic issues, housing, health issues and other concerns. It also sponsors outreach initiatives, which include a host family program and participation in the community international awareness activities. OIED also sponsors the International Student Association. In addition, international students and scholars are encouraged to actively participate in both international and domestic cultural events and training opportunities to include, but not limited to: employment career fairs; foreign employment and income tax workshops; study abroad, research and internship opportunities; leadership conferences; international awareness and education week; annual Charles Billings International Reception hosted during international education week; and presenters in classrooms and cultural events campus-wide and the greater community; and processing of immigration documents for travel, study, research, and employment.
Education Abroad and Exchange Programs
The Education Abroad and Exchange Programs (EAEP) Department, a Title III funded activity, provides FAMU students a substantial array of resources to help them identify opportunities for study, travel and work abroad. The International Resource
Center consists of printed directories, guidebooks, pamphlets, brochures, a TV monitor and a computer to access electronic bookmarked websites of diverse education abroad opportunities. Education abroad consists of service learning, traditional year-long or semester study abroad, internships, departmental-sponsored short-term study, research and outreach. All study abroad courses are taught by the respective host institution faculty. OIED administers a year-round semester study abroad program in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, for students seeking a Latin American/Caribbean experience. Classes are taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). The prescribed academic program consists of Spanish Language studies, Dominican and Afro-Caribbean culture and literature, directed individual study in the student's major field, and a community service component. The education abroad staff organizes several short-term academic excursions with a service learning component during our spring breaks or summer sessions for faculty, staff, and students. The enriching activities can be customized to the faculty member's class syllabi or a department research project. FAMU is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of accredited two and four year U.S. and foreign colleges and universities that share a commitment to developing a variety of international programs. FAMU coordinates the CCIS Summer Program in the Dominican Republic. Through its consortia affiliations with CCIS and the Council for International Education & Exchanges, students can study in over 100 countries and in most fields. Applications are
processed through the Office of International Education and Development.
The education abroad staff seeks to identify opportunities for faculty and staff to study, work, teach, or conduct research abroad. They assist with travel arrangements, travel document issues, predeparture orientation, and other concerns related to travel abroad. The staff maintains an array of resources for faculty and staff and regularly informs them through the OIED Newsletter, flyers, etc., of the various opportunities available through public and private agencies for exchanges, research opportunities, and technical assistance to other universities. The Diplomat-In-Residence (DIR) Program is another component within OIED. Since 2001, FAMU has hosted four Diplomats-in-Residence; a program supported by the U.S. Department of State to encourage more students to pursue careers in the Foreign Service and foreign affairs and prepares students to compete for prestigious international and State Department internships. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.
Office of International Education and Development
The Office of International Education and Development (OlED), a component of the Division of Academic Affairs, supports and promotes the internationalization of the University through the incorporation of international curriculum development, and
academic enhancement activities related to teaching, research, and public service. OlED seeks to promote the University's relevance in an interdependent global village and to facilitate greater appreciation of cross-cultural relations and global issues. OlED strives to establish and maintain a University environment that encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in a process that enhances and broadens the global role of the University. Services to students, faculty, and staff are provided through three units: (1) International Student and Scholar Services; (2) Education Abroad and Exchange Programs; and (3) International Research and Development. If you need any of these services, please contact the Office of International Education and Development, located in 302 Perry-Paige North, call 850-599-3562/3295, or visit www.famu.edu/international.
International Research and Development
The International Research and Development Department (IRD) facilitates the development of international collaborative projects by providing technical assistance to enable faculty, staff, and students to become involved in international collaborative
research and development activities. IRD assists in identifying and/or coordinating international project proposals with faculty and staff. It establishes contacts and conducts fact finding activities with foreign universities that result in capacity building projects or teaching exchanges. It facilitates the engagement of faculty in exciting international capacity building projects and research activities with foreign universities and governments. The staff monitors or assists in coordinating collaborative international projects to be implemented by faculty and staff. It networks with professional international consortia, organizations and government agencies for grants to support FAMU internationalization. IRD has responsibility of developing and maintaining all international Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) and is the official custodian of MOAs approved by FAMU with entities abroad. In addition, we create collaborative relationships with foreign institutions to foster two plus two agreements for enrollment of undergraduate students, as well as, admissions to masters and doctoral programs. In addition, IRD administers and processes all immigration documents for transferring F-1 students and J-1 research scholars to change their
visa status to H-1B temporary specialty employment visas; as well as, review and process permanent resident visa petitions.
Office of Continuing Education
The Office of Continuing Education is an autonomous unit which reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for ensuring that all noncredit educational programs sponsored by the University (held on or off campus) are conducted in accordance with the laws, rules, regulations and policies of the State of Florida, the Board of Governors and the University's Board of Trustees.
The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a unit within the Office of Continuing Education which delivers non-credit English language programming specifically offered to students at the postsecondary level to: (1) enhance their language skills for personal growth and development; and (2) prepare them for studies at colleges and universities, or in other educational programs. The program fosters language competency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It also helps develop international students' cultural understanding of the United States and North American universities.
Definition of Continuing Education Programs
The University identifies any non-credit educational event which is sponsored in whole or in part by Florida A&M University that involves the collection of revenue, expenditure of University funds or resources and/or the use of the University's name as sponsor, co-sponsor or host as a continuing education program and requires prior approval by the Provost through the Office of Continuing Education. Additionally, the Office of Continuing Education is the only department authorized to collect revenue for continuing education programs. Such programs include but are not limited to the following:
- Youth Programs
- Summer Programs
The University of Florida Department of Independent Study by Correspondence administers all correspondence instruction for Florida's State University System (SUS). Florida's program of Independent Study by Correspondence offers well over 150 courses by computer, fax or regular mail to people in Florida, the United States and foreign countries. These courses are grouped into three categories: college credit, continuing professional education and high school credit. For a FREE brochure, please contact.
Department of Independent Study
2209 NW 13th St., Suite D
Gainesville, FL 32609-3498
Phone: (352) 392-1711- Fax: (352) 392-6950