HBCUs

Coppin State and the University of Baltimore Form Partnership for STEM Education

Coppin State and the University of Baltimore Form Partnership for STEM Education

The partnership calls for faculty research collaboration in complementary STEM areas through shared faculty expertise and interest, shared lab facilities and equipment, and inter-institutional software licensing.

Harris-Stowe State University Expands Its Academic Offerings

Harris-Stowe State University Expands Its Academic Offerings

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri, has received approval to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in marketing beginning this fall. The university will now offer 31 different majors.

Two New Bachelor's Degree Programs at Fayetteville State University

Two New Bachelor’s Degree Programs at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, has announced the establishment of two new bachelor’s degree programs in visual arts and music.

Florida A&M University Confers Ph.D.s in Physics to Two Black Women

Florida A&M University Confers Ph.D.s in Physics to Two Black Women

According to the National Science Foundation, 1,902 people earned Ph.D.s in physics at American universities in 2013. Only 18.8 percent were women and only 19 were Black. Now two Black women have earned Ph.D.s in physics at the same university in the same year.

North Carolina Central University to Offer New Dual-Degree Program

North Carolina Central University to Offer New Dual-Degree Program

Under the plan, students will spend their first-three undergraduate years at North Carolina Central taking a physics-based curriculum and then transfer to North Carolina State to take courses in electrical engineering.

Fort Valley State University Announces a Series of New Minor Degree Programs

Fort Valley State University Announces a Series of New Minor Degree Programs

Fort Valley State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, has announced new minor degrees in applied statistics, theater/performance studies, gerentology, and chemistry.

New Book Explores the History of Storer College in West Virginia

New Book Explores the History of Storer College in West Virginia

Storer College was founded in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1865 by the Freewill Baptist Home Mission Society. It was the first college in West Virginia that admitted African Americans.

Some Relief for South Carolina State University, But a Tough Road Ahead

Some Relief for South Carolina State University, But a Tough Road Ahead

The university learned recently that its accreditation will continue and that it has five additional years to repay a $6 million loan. But the new board declared a “financial exigency” that will allow it to fire tenured faculty and contracted staff.

Alabama State University Signs Partnership With the University of Liberia

Alabama State University Signs Partnership With the University of Liberia

Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd stated that under the agreement the two universities will participate in faculty and student exchanges, research projects, and study abroad service learning initiatives.

LeMoyne-Owen College Exploring Technology Cooperative With the University of Memphis

LeMoyne-Owen College Exploring Technology Cooperative With the University of Memphis

LeMoyne-Owen College, the historically Black educational institution in Memphis, is looking for ways to provide high-tech services without the expense of purchasing major computer and networking infrastructure.

Florida A&M University to Expand Its Reach in Kenya

Florida A&M University to Expand Its Reach in Kenya

Marcella David, provost at Florida A&M University, signed a partnership agreement with Cornell Rasanga Amoth, the governor of Siaya County in Kenya that will expand educational and research opportunities for Florida A&M students and faculty.

New Book Explores the History of Savannah State University

New Book Explores the History of Savannah State University

Tigers in the Tempest offers readers a well-researched history of Savannah State University from its founding in 1890 as the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth to the present day.

Louisiana Seeking Designation of Land Grant Status for Grambling State University

Louisiana Seeking Designation of Land Grant Status for Grambling State University

Grambling State University estimates that a designation of land-grant status by the United States Congress would bring in between $5 million and $10 million annually to the historically Black university.

North Carolina A&T State University Partners With Community Colleges in Nursing Alliance

North Carolina A&T State University Partners With Community Colleges in Nursing Alliance

North Carolina A&T State University, a historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, has announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with three community colleges in an effort to increase the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees.

Historically Black Edward Waters College Sees a Surge in Applications

Historically Black Edward Waters College Sees a Surge in Applications

Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, has seen a huge increase in applications this year. The historically Black college has received more than 3,000 applications, up from 1,800 a year ago.

New Kentucky State University Extension Effort Aims to Help Small Farmers

New Kentucky State University Extension Effort Aims to Help Small Farmers

The university’s new fruit and vegetable mobile processing unit contains a certified mobile commercial kitchen that can travel to farms and be used to process fresh fruits into jams and jellies and to blast freeze fruits and vegetables.

Three Racial Discrimination Suits Filed Against North Carolina Central University

Three Racial Discrimination Suits Filed Against North Carolina Central University

One White faculty member says he was fired because of his race and a Latina faculty member says she was passed over for promotion and paid significantly less than Black faculty with lesser qualifications.

NCAA Comes Down Hard on HBCUs

NCAA Comes Down Hard on HBCUs

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has banned 21 teams from postseason play during the 2015-16 academic year due to insufficient progress on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. Of these, 15 are teams at historically Black universities.

Savannah State University to Enhance Its Science Facilities

Savannah State University to Enhance Its Science Facilities

Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia has received funding from the Georgia State Legislature in the amount of $20.5 million for the construction of two buildings for the College of Science and Technology.

Claflin University Expands Its Online Degree Program

Claflin University Expands Its Online Degree Program

Claflin University, the historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has announced the establishment of a new online master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction.

Students at Harris-Stowe State University Can Take a Computer Science Course for Free

Students at Harris-Stowe State University Can Take a Computer Science Course for Free

Students at Harris-Stowe State University, the historically Black educational institution in St. Louis, will be able to take a computer science course for free at nearby Washington University.

The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania to Offer a New Pan-Africana Major

The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania to Offer a New Pan-Africana Major

The new major will seek to link the entire study of ancient and modern or contemporary Africa as well as that of Africans in the Diaspora with a goal of creating global leaders and world humanitarians.

Hampton University Seeks to Attract Hispanic/Latino Students

Hampton University Seeks to Attract Hispanic/Latino Students

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education, Hispanics make up one percent of the undergraduate student body at historically Black Hampton University in Virginia.

Bowie State University Starts Construction of New Science Center

Bowie State University Starts Construction of New Science Center

The new facility was needed to support the university’s effort to recruit and retain more students interested in STEM fields. It will also allow the university to expand the number of students in its nursing program.

Bennett College Debuts New Logo and Marketing Tagline

Bennett College Debuts New Logo and Marketing Tagline

Bennett College, a liberal arts HBCU for women in Greensboro, North Carolina, has debuted a new logo and marketing tagline. The new tagline reads: “Education for your future. Sisterhood for life.”

Morgan State University Is Constructing a Major New Academic and Research Facility

Morgan State University Is Constructing a Major New Academic and Research Facility

When completed in 2017 the new $79.4 million academic building will house the departments of psychology, sociology and anthropology, political science, history, economics, and geography.

Norfolk State Cuts Jobs to Deal With Budget Deficit

Norfolk State Cuts Jobs to Deal With Budget Deficit

The board of visitors at historically Black Norfolk State University in Virginia, has voted to eliminate 97 jobs in an effort to make a dent in a projected $16.7 million deficit in the budget for the coming academic year.

South Carolina State University Trustees Fired, Lawmakers to Appoint Interim Board

South Carolina State University Trustees Fired, Lawmakers to Appoint Interim Board

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has signed legislation that fired all of the trustees of historically Black South Carolina State University. Haley and GOP lawmakers will appoint a seven-member interim board that will serve until mid-2018 and work to solve the university’s financial crisis.

Bethune-Cookman University Launches New Program to Help Area Small Businesses

Bethune-Cookman University Launches New Program to Help Area Small Businesses

The Venture Incubation Program at the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide free services such as marketing, financing, strategic planning, and business development to area start-up firms.

Morgan State University Teams Up With the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore

Morgan State University Teams Up With the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore

Under the partnership agreement, the two institutions will co-sponsor art exhibitions, conduct and publish joint research, and develop curricula relating to art and museum management.

Delaware State University Partners With Beihua University in China

Delaware State University Partners With Beihua University in China

Under the agreement, both undergraduate and graduate students at each institution will have study abroad opportunities at the partner university. There will also be faculty exchanges and research collaborations.

Very Few Peace Corps Volunteers Are Graduates of HBCUs

Very Few Peace Corps Volunteers Are Graduates of HBCUs

Howard University has 13 graduates volunteering in the Peace Corps and Spelman College has eight. Norfolk State University and Morehouse College are tied for third with four.

New Degree Programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

New Degree Programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

The university has offered a pharmacy doctoral program since 2010. The new graduate programs will focus on pharmaceutical research with concentrations in drug design or drug delivery.

Grambling State University Nursing Program Obtains a Reprieve

Grambling State University Nursing Program Obtains a Reprieve

State regulations in Louisiana require that an accredited nursing program maintain a licensure examination passage rate of 80 percent or above for first time test takers. In 2013 the passage rate at Grambling was 64 percent.

Mississippi's First School of Public Health to Be Established at Jackson State University

Mississippi’s First School of Public Health to Be Established at Jackson State University

The state legislature allocated $2 million in start up funds and the board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has approved the establishment of the school at Jackson State.

New Educational Doctoral Program Getting Underway at Xavier University

New Educational Doctoral Program Getting Underway at Xavier University

The new program, which recently received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, will focus on urban education and school turnaround strategies and methods.