The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the heart of Florida A&M University (FAMU) and has the overall responsibility for the growth, development and expansion of the various academic programs, teaching and research activities, educational support agencies and the effective and efficient administration of public service. Through the Council of Academic Deans, which meets monthly, operational policies are reviewed, established and communicated to the faculty, staff and students by their deans, directors and other leadership personnel.
The 14 schools and colleges at Florida A&M University offer a combined total of 53 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, 12 doctoral degrees, and 3 professional degrees. The three professional degrees include the JD, PharmD, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy. The 12 doctoral degree programs include 11 PhD degrees and 1 Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). The PhD degrees consist of six in the College of Engineering, one in the College of Pharmacy, one in the College of Science and Technology, one in the College of Education, one in the School of the Environment, and one cooperative PhD is offered in the College of Agricultural and Food Sciences, with the University of Florida, in entomology. The 11 PhD programs are: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, educational leadership, environmental science, and entomology.
Through the College of Education, this office is also responsible for the Developmental Research School, which provides innovation education to area students in grades K-12. The Samuel H. Coleman Memorial Library, along with its branch libraries, serves as the intellectual center of the University, and holds nearly 2 million cataloged volumes, over 300,000 e-books, 225,000 e-journals, and 400,000 microforms.
A coeducational, 1890 land-grant, comprehensive/doctoral University, its major programs are accredited by appropriate state, regional and national accrediting agencies. FAMU encourages and supports innovative teaching, research and public service, enhanced by informational and instructional technology and distance learning. It also provides service programs through cooperative extension, technology transfer, international affairs and a variety of public service programs to ever-broadening, diversified constituencies. While the University will continue its mission of meeting the needs of African Americans and other minorities, it will also work assiduously to provide educational opportunities for all racial, religious and national groups without regards to age, gender or disability who have the potential to benefit from a sound education.
FAMU will increasingly develop a graduate infrastructure of master's and doctoral programs. Its mission also includes the development of a Center of Excellence designed to expand minority participation in graduate study in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology.