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Tag Archives: HBCU

Four Keys For HBCUs Of The Future To Thrive

Photo by Robert Muller | City Club panel on HBCUs: Moderator Maxie C. Jackson III, Robert Michael Franklin, Jr., Ph.D. (Morehouse) Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Ph.D. (Central State University), Claude G. Perkins, Ph.D. (Virginia Union University) A crowd thick with alumni packed the City Club of Cleveland to hear from leaders at their beloved alma maters: What, exactly, will be the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)? Panelists Robert Michael Franklin, Jr., president emeritus of Morehouse College; Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president of Central State University; and Claude G. Perkins, president of Virginia Union University, gave their best prognoses. The 107 HBCUs in the United States have a storied history, small but mighty. Representing only 3 percent of U.S.... Read More →

Why I Pushed My Children To Attend An HBCU

by Marilyn Williams Pringle I never wanted my three children to be sent into in an environment where they would be exposed to racism or be treated differently because of the color of their skin.  During the 1970s, when my sister-in-law went to Valparaiso University, a predominately white school in Northwest Indiana, she endured countless racial incidents that made me fearful as my own daughters approached college age. Once, a carload of young white students chased her and her friends, shouting at them and calling them the N-word until they reached the safety of their dorm.   The author and her daughter at her graduation from Bethune-Cookman University, an HBCU in Daytona Beach, Florida So while my children attended high school in Cleveland, I would tell them, repeatedly, "I don't... Read More →

Is Alumni Giving The Cure-All For What’s Ailing HBCUs?

When the Grambling State University football team refused to play this October, the eyes of collegiate sports turned to Louisiana and focused on a long-simmering problem at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs): underfunding. Marybeth Gasman, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Minority-Serving Institutions, said in a recent op-ed that solving HBCU's budgetary woes starts at the top. "Alumni need to be taught how to give and how to be philanthropic," she wrote. "And this lesson must begin when alumni are students, during the first week of classes, and it needs to come directly from the president." One individual who has gotten the memo is Bennett College President Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, who took the helm of her small liberal arts college in Greensboro,... Read More →

What HBCUs Need To Survive

by Chris Stevens As a proud product of a Historically Black University (Delaware State, Class of 2007), I’ve watched with nervous eyes in recent months as 125-year-old St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va., prepares to close June 30 after years of struggling to stay afloat financially. Howard University, according a board of trustee member, is in danger of the same fate. The impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is undeniable. A recent study in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported: One in five African-American college graduates earned their degrees at HBCUS. Black colleges graduated nearly all black students (90 percent) who earned bachelor's degrees in STEM fields between 2006 and 2010. Black colleges produce half of all black public... Read More →
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