The A&M Administration continues to secure the foundation to a new era by implementing the Academic Advisory Council. It will be used to bridge the gap between students and student government.
According to Florida A&M University’s Web site, each representative chosen will be responsible for relaying matters concerning their college or school to the AAC. They will serve and be recognized as the school’s representatives.
Student Body President, Andrew Collins, said the administration wanted to implement a system so everyday students and different academic components could contribute equally to the direction of Student Government Association.
“We want to insure that we have a more transparent, accountable and student- oriented system of leadership that encompasses the needs and desires of every student on this campus,” said Collins, 24, a fifth-year MBA student from Atlanta.
Collins also said the council is in line with platform commitments made to the students in last semester’s campaign.
For students to participate in the council, one must complete the application process. Applicants should have two letters of recommendation and an interview.
Future council members are expected to have at least a 2.5 grade point average, and a genuine interest in FAMU.
Gregory Woodall, chief of staff for the A&M Administration, said thecouncil will help SGA assist with individual students, which gives them the opportunity to address concerns.
“It is designed as a means to help student government understand and be able to combat the different issues schools are facing,” said Woodall, 23, a senior physics student from Atlanta.
Woodall said his responsibilities are to make sure the administration fulfills all the duties listed on the platform, including the AAC.
Although this assistance was not offered by previous administration, the administration wants the council to continue after its term.
“I think each administration comes with its own goals and objectives,” Woodall said.
Some students said they were not aware of the council.
“I didn’t know about it, but I think it is a good idea,” said Belysia Walker, 21, a senior business administration student from Gainesville. “It gives students more of a voice.”
Andre Darby, 20, a theatre student said the council is a good initiative, but people should not abuse their office.