FAMU Removed From Probation

By: Lanetra Bennett
December 10, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - "The probation sanction that has been placed upon the university last December has been lifted."

As soon as FAMU's interim president, Dr. Larry Robinson, said those words, the administrators in the President's Conference Room in Lee Hall at FAMU started applauding.

Dr. Robinson announced the university is no longer on probation by teleconference Tuesday because he was in Atlanta getting the news first-hand from the accreditation board, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Board of Trustees Chairman Solomon Badger, said by phone, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Robinson and his team for a job well done."

FAMU was placed on one-year probation last December. SACSCOC cited concerns with academic policies, student rights, control of finances and institutional environment.

Dr. Robinson says, "Most of our efforts will be to continue with the detail assessment so the work that we're doing, the progress that we continue to make on addressing issues."

Trustee Majorie Turnbull's response to the news was that 'this is a great day for FAMU.' Many students and staff say they couldn't agree more.

Student Michael Jefferson says, "Oh, my gosh. This is so exciting. We had no doubt. We knew that his day would come and we knew that it would come at the end of this term."

LaTonya Wilson works on campus. She says, "I think it's very good news and I am so happy for the university as a whole. We're really coming around. We've been lifted off probation, the band is getting back in full force. The university is really looking up."

Chairman Badger said, "I would like to adjourn this meeting with a round of applause like we had a minute ago." That's exactly what everyone did. The room erupted in applause for the second time.

Dr. Robinson says FAMU doesn't have to do any follow-up reports. He says it was all a university-wide effort.

News Release: FAMU

ATLANTA – Earlier today, at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted the 12-month probation status placed upon Florida A&M University (FAMU) in December 2012. No further reports are required from the university.

“We are extremely pleased with the decision by SACSCOC to remove the probation sanction, which signifies that Florida A&M University is in compliance with the standards of the regional accrediting body,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. “As a member institution of SACSCOC, we fully appreciate the peer review process and we are committed to continuing the work needed to maintain the high standards of the commission.”

Robinson acknowledged that it took a comprehensive university-wide effort led by teams of dedicated faculty, staff and students that worked tirelessly outside of the limelight to help the university address the SACSCOC concerns.

“I would like to thank our Board of Trustees for their guidance and support and the FAMU SACS Leadership Team for their dedication and persistence. I also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our students, faculty and staff who made invaluable contributions that helped bring about this positive outcome.”

FAMU expects to receive a letter from SACSCOC in January 2014 confirming today’s announcement.

By: Lanetra Bennett
December 10, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Tallahassee, FL -- The president's conference room at FAMU is filled with university leaders for the conference call.

Dr. Robinson is not present. He will be making the announcement via telephone.

Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida A&M University officials are about to learn if the school will be off probation.

A regional accrediting organization in December 2012 gave FAMU officials a year to fix problems at the school. If accreditation is revoked, students won't be eligible for federal financial aid.

The accrediting organization is expected to vote Tuesday on FAMU's status.

FAMU got probation after the university was criticized on several fronts, including whether students were safe. This finding came in the wake of the hazing death of a drum major.

A committee that visited FAMU's campus this fall concluded the university has made progress to fix many problems at the school. But that report also cautioned that it "was unclear" if improvements made by FAMU officials would remain once a new president is named.

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