Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) was founded in 1887 and is an 1890 Morrill Act institution. FAMU has evolved from its humble beginning in the late 19th century into being the leading producer of African-American Bachelor’s degrees in the State of Florida and in the nation. Today FAMU’s academic achievements are what set it apart as a unique learning experience. In 2014, FAMU was recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best National Universities.” The U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the top public historically black college or university in the nation for 2015. It is also listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges and is one of the top picks for providing a high quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).
FAMU values diversity in thought, perspective, and culture. The University enrolls nearly 10,000 students hailing from across the United States and more than 70 countries, including several African countries, the Bahamas, Brazil, Indonesia, China, and the United Arab Emirates, to name a few. The student body includes representatives from all ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds. The University offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, three professional degrees, and 12 doctoral programs in a wide range of academic areas.
In light of the fact that the practice of facilities management is dynamic and progressive, it is incumbent upon the University to prepare our graduates to be prolific leaders and managers. With a sound educational background in business and facilities operations, our graduates shall be able to travel anywhere in the world and secure employment or to effectively engage in entrepreneurial endeavors. Since the inception of FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology (SAET), the State of Florida and the local community have been enriched by the presence of competent and knowledgeable FAMU SAET graduates. Further, FAMU School of Business and Industry’s (SBI) outstanding reputation in the world of business also adds substantive value to the local, state, national, and international communities. A tradition of excellence in facilities management and business confirms that we should expect no less from graduates of the collaborative degree program. Because facilities management jobs cross all sectors of the economy, we also expect for our graduates to venture into manufacturing, finance, healthcare, retail, education, federal, state, and local government.
In the 21st century and beyond, robust management and business skills coupled with technical knowledge are vital in an age where the changing workplace stems from an increased focus on complexity, innovation, speed, flexibility, corporate branding and sustainability. As such, our graduates that effectively integrate both business acumen and technical knowledge are advantageous to those forward thinking organizations that require high quality entry-level talent. Because our graduates possess a unique ability to think strategically and to communicate the position of facility management in the language of the corporate workplace, our programs are perceived in the marketplace as highly functional for those that seek employment in the facilities management industry. The FAMU Bachelor of Science degree with a Program Major in Facilities Management was engineered to amplify graduates’ marketability in the workforce, and galvanize graduates into leadership roles within their organizations.
Employing the collective vision of the faculty and administration, the mission of the curriculum is to afford a graduate of FAMU’s School of Business and Industry and the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology the necessary didactic and practical experiences required to competently and professionally become employed in the facilities management industry. Furthermore, through “Excellence with Caring”, the curriculum shall mold leaders and managers capable of imparting business acumen and technical knowledge to be successful in the industry. By employing the aforementioned experiences FAMU affords its students the opportunity to graduate with a professional degree in an area that offers enormous growth and employment opportunities.
FAMU has two facility management degree programs. FAMU started its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Program Major in Facilities Management degree in fall 2012. Unlike most other IFMA Foundation Accredited Degree Programs, the FAMU facility management program is housed within the University’s business school with the University’s School of Architecture and Engineering Technology as its partner. The undergraduate degree program was accredited by IFMA in spring 2015. FAMU undergraduate degree holders understand the FM history, practice, and profession; effectively plan, manage, and lead projects; manage building systems, facility operations, occupant services, and maintenance operations; apply measurement, management, and leadership principles to organizations and their stakeholders; have had a minimum of two facility management internships; apply financial management tools to facility programs in organizations; also apply human factor principles to facility organizations and stakeholders, and demonstrate effective communication skills. More information can be found on the FAMU undergraduate accredited degree program at http://www.famu.edu/sbi/UserFiles/SBI_BA_Facilities%20Management__Curriculum_7.14.15.pdf.
FAMU started its graduate degree program in facility management in fall 2013. The FAMU SAET is responsible for the one calendar year (or three semester) program. The School of Business and Industry partners with the SAET to produce the Master’s of Science in Architectural Studies with a Program Major in Facilities Management graduate. FAMU Master’s of Science in Architectural Studies with a Program Major in Facilities Management graduates interface with professionals and clients in the design and construction of facilities; perceive design requirements, their impact on quality of life and environmental issues, and their value in the engineering of facilities; are prepared to work at the local, state, national and international level; coordinate efforts of in-house staff and consultants to perform specific aspects of the facilities management function; evaluate performance and support personnel development, and provide leadership potential at the time of hiring; synthesize interdisciplinary efforts and act across traditional administrative, planning, and operational boundaries to organize, coordinate, and control diverse facilities and management activities; analyze facilities needs and develop planning initiatives and effective implementation strategies that are responsive to specific current and projected facilities issues; manage the process of facility development to complete projects on schedule and within budget, to a specified standard of quality. Coordinate development activities with ongoing operations to minimize disruptions and maintain the continuity of facilities functions and economic viability.
Additional graduate degree program information is available at http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?Architecture&M.S.inArchitecturalStudies-FacilityManagement
Additional undergraduate degree program information is available at http://www.famu.edu/sbi/UserFiles/SBI_BA_Facilities%20Management__Curriculum_7.14.15.pdf
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