Florida Memorial University is off to a great new year
SACS reaffirms the 133-year-old institution, with a clean report
Submitted By LaNedra Carroll
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Florida Memorial University (FMU), South Florida’s only Historically Black University (HBCU), is off to a great start in 2013. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has reaffirmed the accreditation of the 133-year-old institution for another 10 years.
“To learn that Florida Memorial University’s accreditation has been reaffirmed—with no recommendations—was the perfect way to end 2012 and to begin the New Year,” said Mary A. O’Banner, Ph.D., acting president. “We are moving forward, knowing that our academic programs are competitive and the overall operation of the university is sound.”
The official news of the university’s affirmation came in December while O’Banner and other university officials were attending SAC’s Annual Meeting in Dallas, Tex.
FMU has had even more good accreditation news recently. The accreditation of three FMU programs was reaffirmed over the last several months: the School of Business by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) through 2020; the Computer Science, Math and Technology Program, one of the nation’s few HBCUs to earn the ABET designation, through 2014; and the School of Education.
Makola Abdullah, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said the university had been preparing for the reaccreditation for about three years.
“The news is a testament to the teamwork of the FMU family,” Abdullah said. “It reaffirms the quality of our programs.”
O’Banner added: “This means our students can return from the holidays knowing that their university is still fully ac-credited and in good standing.”
About Florida Memorial University
Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 42 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only HBCU, it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of student Barrington Irving, Jr., the first pilot of African descent and youngest pilot ever to fly solo around the world. Mary A. O’Banner, Ph.D., is the university’s acting president. For more information contact Public Affairs at (305) 626-3624.