With so much controversy surrounding Florida A&M’s impending restructuring, The FAMUAN Staff has put together this list that we think argues the good and bad about the university’s plan to cut programs and staff in the face of looming budget cuts.
Pro: Restructuring would improve the training of new hires at the
university. So, under Ammons’ restructuring proposal this would
improve the God-awful customer service FAMUans dread.
Pro: Efficiency is one of staples of Ammons’ restructuring plan. The
combination of certain programs into re-organized colleges and schools
could save the school millions of dollars.
Pro: The transformation of the Environmental Sciences Institute in to
the School of Environmental Sciences will undoubtedly enhance the
university’s mission to produce graduates with math and science-based
Con: What the proposal is missing is a comprehensive five- or 10-year
plan for the struggling Developmental Research School, including
turning it into an incubator for the types of graduates the university
wishes to matriculate in the future.
Con: With the termination of foreign language as a major, how are we
as a university and as students supposed to keep up with other
students in a now global work force?
Con: Keeping the Hip Hop Institute, but getting rid of the masters
program at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications. In
what way is hip hop more important than grauduate majors? Should we
call and ask Common? Don’t worry we’ll wait…