HBCUs

Tennessee State University in a New Effort to Promote Urban Agriculture

Tennessee State University in a New Effort to Promote Urban Agriculture

Under the agreement with Farm Credit of Mid-America, the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources at Tennessee State will promote new ways of growing fruit and vegetables in small urban spaces.

Eli Lilly and Company's New Minority Fellowship Program for Howard University Graduates

Eli Lilly and Company’s New Minority Fellowship Program for Howard University Graduates

The Minority Fellowship program is open to physicians and other individuals who hold doctorates in scientific fields who want to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical field. The first class of Minority Fellows are Howard University graduates.

Fort Valley State University's New Program to Enhance Access to Higher Education

Fort Valley State University’s New Program to Enhance Access to Higher Education

The HBCU has entered into an agreement with Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia, that aims to increase access to college for students who show promise but have not achieved the necessary admission requirements for a state university.

Morgan State University Partners With the Army Corps of Engineers

Morgan State University Partners With the Army Corps of Engineers

The partnership calls for collaborate research programs, student internships and mentoring, academic and career counseling, and instruction and lectures in STEM fields by Army Corps of Engineers professionals.

North Carolina A&T State University Scholars Develop New Asphalt Product

North Carolina A&T State University Scholars Develop New Asphalt Product

Pig farmers around the world have to deal with 43 billion gallons of pig manure each year. Scientists at historically Black North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro have come up with a new process that could produce a valuable product from pig waste.

After a Four-Year Freeze, Benedict College Has a Modest Tuition Increase

After a Four-Year Freeze, Benedict College Has a Modest Tuition Increase

David Swinton, president of Benedict College, stated that “in order to maintain the quality of our academic programs and physical plant, a moderate increase was necessary.”

Bethune-Cookman University Teams Up With Arizona Summit Law School

Bethune-Cookman University Teams Up With Arizona Summit Law School

Under the agreement, more than $12 million in scholarships will be offered to students from Bethune-Cookman University and other HBCUs. About 100 scholarships will be available annually for HBCU students.

Mississippi Valley State University to Offer a New Concentration in Sound Recording Technology

Mississippi Valley State University to Offer a New Concentration in Sound Recording Technology

The new concentration aims to prepare students for careers as recording technicians, mixing engineers, live sound recorders, recording studio entrepreneurs, and other entertainment industry occupations.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Reorganizes a Major Academic Unit

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Reorganizes a Major Academic Unit

The School of Arts and Professions, which came into being in 1996, now will be called the School of Education, Social Sciences and the Arts. Ray J. Davis will serve as dean of the new school.

Delaware State Partners With Southwest Petroleum University in China

Delaware State Partners With Southwest Petroleum University in China

The agreement with Southwest Petroleum University in Chengdu, China, calls for faculty and student exchanges between the two universities, research collaborations, and other activities.

Saint Augustine's University Partners With a University in Colombia

Saint Augustine’s University Partners With a University in Colombia

Saint Augustine’s University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, has entered into a partnership agreement with the University of the Pacific in the South American nation of Colombia. The agreement will allow for student exchanges beginning this coming academic year.

Texas Southern University Partners With Lone Star College

Texas Southern University Partners With Lone Star College

Under the agreement, students who earn associate’s degrees at Lone Star College will be helped in transferring to Texas Southern University and will be provided with academic counseling. Students who earn credits at Texas Southern University but leave school, will be able to use those credits to obtain an associate’s degree at Lone Star College.

Mississippi Valley State University Debuts Retention Program Aimed at Sophomores

Mississippi Valley State University Debuts Retention Program Aimed at Sophomores

The new initiative includes the assignment of mentors as “success coaches” for all second-year students. Workshops are held every two weeks and sophomores are given leadership training, community service opportunities, and academic support.

Encouraging News on Enrollments at Virginia State University

Encouraging News on Enrollments at Virginia State University

Preliminary data for fall enrollments project a 5 percent increase in total enrollments from a year ago. The number of first-year students who have indicated their intention to enroll is up a significant 30 percent from 2015.

Alabama State University to Offer Two New Degree Programs

Alabama State University to Offer Two New Degree Programs

The university will now offer a bachelor’s degree program in biomedical engineering, a STEM program that will be attractive to a diverse group of students. The university also will now offer a master of social work degree program.

Oakwood University Expands Its Online Education Footprint

Oakwood University Expands Its Online Education Footprint

Under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements program, students residing in 40 states and the District of Columbia can now take courses through Oakwood Online University.

Accrediting Agency Updates Status of Two Alabama HBCUs

Accrediting Agency Updates Status of Two Alabama HBCUs

Alabama State University in Montgomery was removed from accreditation warning status by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Tuskegee University will remain on warning status for another year.

Voorhees College to Offer a New Bachelor's Degree Program in Psychology

Voorhees College to Offer a New Bachelor’s Degree Program in Psychology

The new major will focus on providing students with the opportunity to understand major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology and to familiarize them with research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Florida A&M University to Build a New Living / Learning Community

Florida A&M University to Build a New Living / Learning Community

The new living/learning community will be the sixth such residence at the university. It will provide housing for 440 students. Living/learning communities house students with similar majors or interests.

HBCUs Sign Transfer Agreement With California Community Colleges

HBCUs Sign Transfer Agreement With California Community Colleges

Under the agreement, students who complete an associate’s degree with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher can automatically gain admission to 21 historically Black colleges and universities as junior transfer students.

New Morgan State University Museum Opens in Baltimore

New Morgan State University Museum Opens in Baltimore

Morgan State University in Baltimore has opened the renovated Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum. Jackson, who died in 1975, served for three decades as president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP. The museum is located in her former home but is owned and operated by the university.

Two New Science Buildings to Be Constructed at Savannah State University

Two New Science Buildings to Be Constructed at Savannah State University

The new marine science building is situated on acreage that has deep water access to the ocean and the new science and technology building on the main campus will house laboratories for engineering technology, electrical engineering, civil engineering and chemistry.

Alabama A&M University Partners With the Small Business Administration

Alabama A&M University Partners With the Small Business Administration

The alliance aims to facilitate the strengthening of small business through the strategic sharing and provision of access to resources, publications, training materials, workshops, speakers, and referrals.

Can Black Colleges Structure Themselves to Survive and Thrive?

Can Black Colleges Structure Themselves to Survive and Thrive?

Darold Hamlin, John Rosenthall, and Byron Cherry offer the view that the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities must embrace the academic research and development culture in order to have the funding necessary for survival in the 21st century.

Barber-Scotia College's Campus Is Leased by a New University

Barber-Scotia College’s Campus Is Leased by a New University

Historically Black Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina, has struggled since losing its accreditation in 2004. No classes were held this past semester. Now, the college has leased most of its campus to a new university, which is headed by a woman who immigrated from Ghana.

Claflin University to Debut a Bachelor's Degree Program in Nursing

Claflin University to Debut a Bachelor’s Degree Program in Nursing

The new program will be offered only to registered nurses who have obtained an associate’s degree in nursing. Claflin states that it will be the only historically Black college or university in South Carolina to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Dillard University Partners With the U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Dillard University Partners With the U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory will provide funding and other resources for student research during the summer months, as well during the regular academic year.

Tougaloo College in Mississippi to Offer a New Pre-Law Program

Tougaloo College in Mississippi to Offer a New Pre-Law Program

Students in the program will be required to take 18 credit hours to qualify for the pre-law minor. Required courses include two semesters of constitutional law, legal research, legal writing, the legal environment of business, and the logic and effective thinking.

Hampton University Students to Conduct Research for NASA Satellite Program

Hampton University Students to Conduct Research for NASA Satellite Program

Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, is partnering with three other universities in Virginia that will develop and fly a group of small satellites that will take measurement of Earth’s atmosphere.

Shaw University in Raleigh Reports a Record Number of Applicants

Shaw University in Raleigh Reports a Record Number of Applicants

Applications are up 74 percent from last year. The university also reports that at this time, the number of confirmed new students is up 145 percent from a year ago.

Tuskegee University Graduates Are the Stars of a New Reality Show on Animal Planet

Tuskegee University Graduates Are the Stars of a New Reality Show on Animal Planet

The television cable network Animal Planet recently debuted a new reality program that follows the professional and family life of three graduates of the College of Veterinary Medicine at historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama.

The New Albany State University Reorganizes Its Academic Structure

The New Albany State University Reorganizes Its Academic Structure

The merger of historically Black Albany State University and Darton State College is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year. But the Darton name will not fade into history. The Darton College of Health Professions will be one of the five colleges of the new combined institution.

Bethune-Cookman University Approves Construction of a New Student Center

Bethune-Cookman University Approves Construction of a New Student Center

The four-story, 110,000-square-foot building will consist of a two-story podium containing student services, food services, state-of-the-art wellness facilities, and common areas. The top two stories will be student residential space.

Texas Southern University Teams Up With Verizon for STEM Summer Program

Texas Southern University Teams Up With Verizon for STEM Summer Program

The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program @ Texas Southern University is designed to introduce male middle school students from underrepresented groups to the high-tech skills and concepts that will lead them to better career opportunities.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Offer a New Master's Degree Program in Cybersecurity

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Offer a New Master’s Degree Program in Cybersecurity

To be accepted into the new master’s degree program in cybersecurity, students need a bachelor’s degree in a related technology field or have experience in cybersecurity in the workforce.

Tennessee State University Gives Major Tuition Discount to Some Out-of-State Students

Tennessee State University Gives Major Tuition Discount to Some Out-of-State Students

Under the 250-Mile Radius Rate undergraduates taking 15 credit hours will pay $5,903 per year in tuition, a reduction of 43 percent from the current out-of-state tuition charge. The new rate plan also applies for graduate students.