Number of African-American bachelor’s level engineers graduating from FAMU dropped by 2/3 in a decade

If the mission of the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering is to graduate African-American engineers, then this is very bad news.

In 2003-2004, FAMU graduated 81 African-American engineers at the bachelor’s degree level, which accounted for about 1/3 of the total SUS production of African-American engineers that year (240).

By 2012-2013, FAMU’s engineering bachelor’s degree yield for African-American students had dropped by 2/3, to 27.  The SUS total for that year was 247, so FAMU accounted for only 11% of the total.

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The Florida Legislature has funded a study of whether the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering should be continued in its present form, or whether the two universities should each have their own engineering schools.  The study is due prior to the next legislative session.

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