The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the heart of Florida A&M University (FAMU) and has the overall responsibility for the growth, development and expansion of the various academic programs, teaching and research activities, educational support agencies and the effective and efficient administration of public service. Through the Council of Academic Deans, which meets monthly, operational policies are reviewed, established and communicated to the faculty, staff and students by their deans, directors and other leadership personnel. The academic structure of Academic Affairs, which is comprised of seven colleges and seven schools is served by more than 550 highly qualified faculty members who offer quality instruction to more than 10,000 enrolled students. In addition to 54 outstanding baccalaureate programs, FAMU offers 29 masters level degree programs, 3 professional degree programs, and 12 doctoral degree programs. Through the College of Education, this office is also responsible for the Developmental Research School, which provides innovation education to area students in grades K-12. The Samuel H. Coleman Memorial Library, along with its branch libraries, serves as the intellectual center of the University, and holds nearly 2 million cataloged volumes, over 155,000 e-books and e-journals, and 256,126 microforms.
A coeducational, 1890 land-grant, comprehensive/doctoral University, its major programs are accredited by appropriate state, regional and national accrediting agencies. FAMU encourages and supports innovative teaching, research and public service, enhanced by informational and instructional technology and distance learning. It also provides service programs through cooperative extension, technology transfer, international affairs and a variety of public service programs to ever-broadening, diversified constituencies. While the University will continue its mission of meeting the needs of African Americans and other minorities, it will also work assiduously to provide educational opportunities for all racial, religious and national groups without regards to age, gender or disability who have the potential to benefit from a sound education.
FAMU will increasingly develop a graduate infrastructure of master's and doctoral programs. Its mission also includes the development of a Center of Excellence designed to expand minority participation in graduate study in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology.