FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Our 2017-2018 legislative budget request focuses on strategic areas that are designed to enhance student success, foster research and innovation, and produce graduates needed for a highly-skilled workforce.
01 Student Success | $5.6 million
Improving student success remains a top priority for FAMU heading into the 2017 Legislative Session. The University is requesting $5.6 million to hire additional academic advisers that will provide the kinds of intrusive support services necessary to help students to be more success and graduate on time and with less debt.
02 FAMU Online | $5 million
FAMU seeks additional funding to increase the number of courses and full degree program available online. These funds are expected to increase the University’s retention and graduation rates, reduce time to degree, and lower student debt.
03 Brooksville | $1.34 million
The USDA recently transferred 3,800 acres of farmland, including 21 facilities, in Brooksville, Fla. This acquisition of property did not include any associated start-up/operational cost.
FAMU is requesting start-up funding for the Brooksville site that will support and enhance agriculture research and technology transfer of new farming techniques to small farmers in the local community and around the state.
04 Sustainability Institute | $716,000
FAMU is in a unique position to assist Florida, and the nation, in solving some of its real-world environmental problems centering around water quality, citrus greening, urban food security through an interdisciplinary approach involving our School of the Environment, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, and our Center for Water Quality and Air Quality.
05 Joint College of Engineering | $7.028 million
This joint budget request aims to recruit additional faculty for the joint college, as well as, provide start-up packages for new hires, and equalize faculty salaries between the FAMU and FSU faculty lines.
These new funds will help both universities to improve on several key performance metrics, increase the number of bachelors degrees awarded by 100 annually, significantly increase by 1,000 graduated over five years, the number of degrees awarded in core engineering disciplines –civil, chemical, biomedical, electrical, computer, industrial and mechanical engineering. This investment will allow the state to retain more engineering graduates in the state.
01 Student Affairs Building | $23.5 million
Last year, the Legislature provided $6,155,000 of PECO funds to finance the planning and design of a new Student Affairs Building. PECO funding is being requested for the construction of a new Student Affairs Building that will enable the University to consolidate the delivery of essential student services, thereby helping to improve customer service and our performance under the Board of Governor’s Performance Funding Model.
02 Dyson Building Renovation | $6.6 million
The Dyson building, constructed in 1953, is one of the few pure science buildings on campus. Given its advanced age, the building is in dire need of modernization to provide students with the learning opportunities they need to be competitive in the 21st century and to provide.