University officials say this is an exciting time for Ratters everywhere. At Florida A&M, students and staff agree, an uphill battle to live up to the University's rich heritage could be leveling out. Two years ago an audit came up with 35 discrepancies in the University's operations. Now, administrative staff say the most recent operational audit shows only seven, which they say is a refreshing sign of improvement.
Teresa Hardee, Chief Financial Officer at FAMU said, "To go from 35 to seven is tremendous and we're very excited and proud about all the hard work that we put in to getting that number low."
For students, the climb back is not only about numbers. They say the change is one you can see as well. Elijah Bowdre, a FAMU Senior said, "Once we got our strong leadership, Dr. Ammons came in, the transition was smooth and once everyone was on board with the vision...you can obviously see that underneath it all, Florida A&M is a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with."
Lateshia Mitchell, also a FAMU Senior said, "I am actually loving my FAMU experience right now. Um, freshman year is a lot different from now just as far as the student morale, you know um, just the teachers. A lot of the teachers were unhappy."
From this point--FAMU staff members hope to continue restoring the University's integrity. They say the recent audit is encouragement to be even better in the future. FAMU says the operational audit is conducted every two years. The university is still awaiting a financial audit which comes once a year.