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FAMU Out of Hot Water

June 26th, 2008 by flanews

The states only historically black university is out of the dog house. Florida A&M University was on probation for a year and almost lost its accreditation for financial and staffing problems. As Whitney Ray tells us, a taskforce assembled to investigate FAMU says most of the problems have been fixed.

Hear it Here: FAMU Out of Hot Water

There were shouts of jubilation at Floridas only historically black university Thursday, as the schools President made this announcement.

Probation has been lifted, said Dr. James Ammons, FAMU President
Florida A&M was in hot water for not keeping clear records of finances, firing people without good cause and not paying staff on time. The state assembled a taskforce to investigate FAMU.

The taskforce says the new administration fixed most of the problems that got the school in trouble in the first place. President James Ammons was hired to turn the school around. Ammons says the new administration worked tirelessly to get the school back on the right track.

This team pulled together, worked extremely long hours and they got it done, said Ammons.
Students say they had hope Ammons could turn things around.

I never felt like we would loss accreditation, other people did, but I felt like we would come through, said FAMU grad student Britney Extra.

Alumni kept the faith, even as the rain came down.

Its cloudy, but its sunshiny here at FAMU, said FAMU alumni Diane Hall

While the school is no longer on probation, it lost nearly 3-thousand students in the interim, and now the focus will be on rebuilding the student base. The FAMU taskforce will release a final report on its findings and suggestions to keep the university out of trouble later this month. A copy of the report will go to the governor.

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