Thursday, May 26, 2011

FAMU and Tennessee State Among First to Link With

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and Tennessee State University have aligned themselves with Tom Joyner and, a site that helps connect prospective HBCU online students with member colleges who provide that service. This service enables universities like FAMU and Tennessee State to offer online education. “We thought this thing through, and we had the benefit of knowing how to take the best of what online universities had to offer and what HBCUs had to offer and tailor a program that makes HBCUs online a better experience,” Joyner said on the web site.

Since the site was founded, over 150,000 prospective students have visited the site for information, and Joyner is gratified to announce the formal partnership with three of the country’s biggest HBCUs. “Adding FAMU and Tennessee State as part of HBCUsOnline is very exciting,” Joyner says. “I want to make sure that African-Americans know that getting an online degree from an HBCU is a better choice. Students take classes from experienced professors and graduates become part of the schools’ proud legacy of alumni!” Applications for Fall 2011 are now being accepted. Program specialists are on hand to help prospective students with the application process and any information they may need. will provide assistance and support to students from application to graduation. Once they are accepted and fulfill the appropriate requirements, students will receive a fully accredited degree from the participating HBCU of their choice. Tennessee State offers two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree program that is tailored to working adults who need to complete or expand their education.

Founded in 1912, TSU ranks among the top HBCUs as rated by U.S. News and World Report and has a total student body of over 8,800 students.“Tennessee State University has a diverse student population and offers quality programs to suit the academic and professional needs of its constituency,” said TSU President Portia Shields. “Among this population are adult learners who are able to earn degrees online, at night and on weekends.” FAMU is the nation’s largest HBCU, with over 13,000 students, and is considered the top engineering and natural sciences HBCU overall. FAMU is also the nation’s leading producer of African-American pharmacists.

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