While progress has been made over the past decade regarding minority student enrollment in college, there remains a need to continually strive for educational access and equality for students. Historically Black Colleges and Universities prepare thousands of students for post-baccalaureate success each year.
There is a need to connect top tier institutions with competitive applicants who are eager to conduct research and add to the body of knowledge in their chosen fields of study. The paramount issue for many qualified HBCU students is funding for attending graduate school, which includes securing resources for tuition and living expenses.
The Graduate Feeder Scholars Program (GFSP) in the School of Graduate Studies and Research is an official partnership agreement arranged by FAMU with more than 40 participating universities located throughout the United States. The GFSP affords FAMU students the opportunity to receive advanced study in graduate programs not available at FAMU. The feeder arrangement was conceptualized and created in response to the national need to increase the number of African Americans participating in advanced graduate education. The GFSP was designed with FAMU as the lead university in this consortium. As the lead institution, FAMU acts as the hub of the consortium with a committed role of providing a pool of qualified underrepresented minorities motivated to pursue the Master's or Doctoral degrees.
A student pipeline operation has been formed, piloted and successfully implemented over a 30 -year period to the benefit of hundreds of students at Florida A&M University. Replication of the best practices of a student pipeline is in the best interest of all students with potential, and promises to produce extraordinary results.
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