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Plan to divide shared FSU-FAMU engineering program sparks debate

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A behind-the-scenes effort to divide an engineering program shared by Florida State University and Florida A&M University is igniting a lingering debate about racial inequality and how state resources are allocated in higher education.

State Sen. Joe Negron says the plan will allow the universities' "good" joint College of Engineering to morph into "great" individual programs. FAMU would keep the existing building on a remote part of FSU's campus and current state funding; FSU would get $13 million to begin the multi-year process of creating a new program in a new building.

"The important thing for FAMU is there is no reduction whatsoever for the College of Engineering at FAMU, they will continue to be funded at the current level," Negron, R-Stuart, said.

According to the Board of Governors, FAMU had 369 engineering students in undergraduate and graduate programs in 2013 and FSU had 2,142.

FAMU opposes the measure and so does Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, who believes the historically black university and its supporters are being forced to fight the same battles they lost nearly 50 years ago.

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Seth

First the Republicans mock Hispanics, NOW they are trying to strip the Black school of their Engineering school. Just a normal week for Gov. Rick Scott and his cronies.... Hmmmmm

studentofhistory

This plan is a good plan. Kudos to Joe Negron. And it fully funds the FAMU engineering program. Don't believe the baloney that says otherwise. As a Gator grad, I have enjoyed watching this joint program fail miserably. But as a taxpayer of the state with a kind heart, although I have no love for Florida State, even I cannot support saddling with them the ills they have had to endure dealing with FAMU's administrative incompetence the past decade.

When FAMU cleans up its act and stops appearing in headline after headline for incompetence and downright criminal behavior of its employees, then it can squawk. But the truth is, the only ones hurt today by all this are FAMU students.

studentofhistory

referring to the multiple school administrators and employees who have been arrested for crimes ranging from bribery and stealing the last 10 years. Just within the last year, 2 more were arrested. Not students, leaders at FAMU. It has been notoriously corrupt since Humphries was President. Maybe the new President can clean it up.

The sad thing is that the students are the ones who suffer because the adults cannot get it together.

Can't take anymore

This has John Thrasher's fingerprints all over it. Seems he wants his own engineering school. Once session is over he will be anointed the next president of FSU. Hell, JD Alexander got his own personal university so I guess it's fair.

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