HBCUs

State Audit Paints a Bleak Future for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

State Audit Paints a Bleak Future for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

A report from the auditor general found escalating debt, falling revenues, and declining enrollments. The good news is that Cheyney is already taking steps to cut costs, increase enrollments, and improve retention and graduation rates.

A New Degree Program at North Carolina Central University

A New Degree Program at North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, has announced that it will offer a new bachelor’s degree program in environmental and geographic sciences in its College of Arts and Sciences.

Norfolk State University Partners With Several South African Educational Institutions

Norfolk State University Partners With Several South African Educational Institutions

The new Friends of South Africa is a consortium of educational institutions whose aim is to increase cooperation between Norfolk State and several South African universities.

Kentucky State Is a Partner in a New Academic Center on Intelligence

Kentucky State Is a Partner in a New Academic Center on Intelligence

Historically Black Kentucky State Universty has entered into a partnership with Morehead State University and Eastern Kentucky University to form the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence.

An Accelerated Master of Social Work Program at North Carolina Central University

An Accelerated Master of Social Work Program at North Carolina Central University

The program is offered to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and who had a grade point average of at least 3.25 in their social work classes.

Norfolk State University Placed on Probation by Accrediting Agency

Norfolk State University Placed on Probation by Accrediting Agency

Norfolk State will have 12 months to reassure the accrediting agency that it has corrected its problems. Next December, the agency could extend the probation for a year, restore the university to good standing, or revoke accreditation.

Kentucky State University Embarks on Its First Doctoral Degree Program

Kentucky State University Embarks on Its First Doctoral Degree Program

Beginning in January, historically Black Kentucky State University will offer an online doctoral program in nursing practice. The program will require more than 1,000 hours of clinical work with a nurse practitioner mentor.

A Life Line for South Carolina State University

A Life Line for South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University has received approval from the state’s Bond Review Committee for a $12 million loan that will be paid out over three years. But the university’s president states that more challenges lay ahead.

A New Master's Degree Program at Virginia Union University

A New Master’s Degree Program at Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University in Richmond has announced that it will be offering a new master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. It is the first graduate program at the university offered outside the university’s School of Theology.

Dillard University in New Orleans to Offer Medical Physics Program

Dillard University in New Orleans to Offer Medical Physics Program

The university is offering a new medical physics concentration in its physics and pre-engineering program. The program will prepare undergraduate students for graduate study in medical physics and nuclear medical physics.

Center for Law and Social Justice Debuts at Bethune-Cookman University

Center for Law and Social Justice Debuts at Bethune-Cookman University

The director of the new center is Hubert Grimes, who served as a circuit court judge in Florida for 25 years. Grimes also taught at the Florida A&M University School of Law for seven years.

Tuskegee University Scientists Receive a U.S. Patent

Tuskegee University Scientists Receive a U.S. Patent

Researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health at historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama have received a United States Patent for a method to screen food for potential contamination by pathogens.

Florida A&M University Announces Fundraising Success

Florida A&M University Announces Fundraising Success

Since June of this year, the university has received more than $3 million in cash donations, nearly triple the amount from a year ago. In addition, the university has received nearly $4 million in pledges during the period.

Harris-Stowe State University Enters HBCU-China Scholarship Program

Harris-Stowe State University Enters HBCU-China Scholarship Program

The historically Black educational institution in St. Louis, has announced that it has joined the China Education Association for International Exchange and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pilot Network.

For the Fifth Year in a Row, Delaware State University Reports Record Enrollments

For the Fifth Year in a Row, Delaware State University Reports Record Enrollments

This fall there are 4,644 students on campus, up from last’s year record of 4,505. There are 894 first-year students on campus this fall. The 4,259 undergraduates students on campus is also a new record.

Tuskegee University Announces a Year-Long Celebration of Its Founder

Tuskegee University Announces a Year-Long Celebration of Its Founder

Tuskegee University has announced a year-long celebration that will culminate on November 14, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the death of its founder Booker T. Washington. The year-long tribute will include lectures, community outreach activities, and symposia.

Prairie View A&M University Redefines Its Mission

Prairie View A&M University Redefines Its Mission

After a two-year review process involving students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black educational institution in Texas, has announced that it has formulated a new mission statement to better identify its core values.

North Carolina Central University Recognized for Promoting Diversity in the History Profession

North Carolina Central University Recognized for Promoting Diversity in the History Profession

The history department at historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham is celebrating its 75th anniversary and recently won the 2014 Equity Award from the American Historical Association.

Faculty Senate Votes "No Confidence" in Interim President at Grambling State University

Faculty Senate Votes “No Confidence” in Interim President at Grambling State University

The faculty Senate at Grambling State University has approved a resolution of “no confidence” in interim president Cynthia Warrick. The resolution calls on the University of Louisiana System to dismiss Dr. Warrick from her duties as president.

University of Phoenix Signs Agreement to Offer Online Courses to HBCU Students

University of Phoenix Signs Agreement to Offer Online Courses to HBCU Students

Under the agreement students at Thurgood Marshall College Fund members institutions will be able to supplement their on-campus course loads with course programs using the University of Phoenix online platform.

Texas Southern University to Offer Two New Degree Programs in Engineering

Texas Southern University to Offer Two New Degree Programs in Engineering

This spring, Texas Southern University in Houston will begin a bachelor’s degree program in civil engineering. In the fall of 2015, a new bachelor’s degree program in computer and electrical engineering will be offered.

Kentucky State University Announces Staff Reductions and Budget Cuts

Kentucky State University Announces Staff Reductions and Budget Cuts

Under the spending reduction plan, 18 full-time staff positions and 32 adjunct teaching positions will be eliminated. In addition, $500,000 will be cut from the athletics budget over the next two years.

Clark Atlanta University Establishes a Ph.D. Program in the Humanities

Clark Atlanta University Establishes a Ph.D. Program in the Humanities

Since 1982 Clark Atlanta University has offered a doctor of arts degree in humanities with five possible concentrations. Courses with an emphasis on research and scholarship have been added to satisfy the Ph.D. requirement.

New Book Documents the History of Virginia Union University

New Book Documents the History of Virginia Union University

The book is only the third published history of the institution and the first available in general circulation since 1925. It has been published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the institution in 1865.

Three HBCUs in North Carolina Get a Break on SAT Threshold Requirements

Three HBCUs in North Carolina Get a Break on SAT Threshold Requirements

North Carolina Central University in Durham reports that it was obliged to reject 292 students last year who had 3.0 grade point averages in high school but did not meet the University of North Carolina System’s SAT threshold.

Savannah State University Establishes an English Language Institute

Savannah State University Establishes an English Language Institute

Beginning in January, the English Language Institute of the International Education Center at Savannah State University in Georgia will offer English classes for non-native speakers.

Eight HBCUs Selected to Compete in the Honda Battle of the Bands

Eight HBCUs Selected to Compete in the Honda Battle of the Bands

The eight participating bands will receive a $20,000 grant and travel and lodging expenses for the bands in Atlanta will be provided by Honda. North Carolina A&T State University is the defending champion.

Another Ranking of the Nation's Best HBCUs

Another Ranking of the Nation’s Best HBCUs

The website BestColleges.com ranks the nation’s colleges and universities in a number of categories and recently published a list of what it considers the best HBCUs. Morehouse College in Atlanta took the top spot.

North Carolina Central University Announces New Communications Disorders Program

North Carolina Central University Announces New Communications Disorders Program

The communications disorders program in the School of Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham has announced that it will offer a new specialty track that combines speech-language pathology and special education.

Tennessee State University Signs a Reverse Transfer Agreement With a Community College

Tennessee State University Signs a Reverse Transfer Agreement With a Community College

Under the agreement, students who transfer to Tennessee State before earning an associate’s degree at Dyersburg State Community College can use credits earned at Tennessee State to complete their associate’s degree requirements.

Morgan State University Reports Progress on Key Academic Indicators

Morgan State University Reports Progress on Key Academic Indicators

At Morgan State University in Baltimore, first-year enrollments are up 19 percent from a year ago. The university also reports significant gains in its retention and graduation rates.

Maryland HBCUs Team Up With the University of Baltimore School of Law

Maryland HBCUs Team Up With the University of Baltimore School of Law

HBCU students who complete the two-week boot camp program and have a 3.5 grade point average and score at least 152 on the Law School Admission Tests (LSAT) receive a full-tuition scholarship to the law school.

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tightens Its Belt

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tightens Its Belt

Gaddis Faulcon, interim president of Shaw University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, has announced a series of cost-cutting measures in an effort to shore up the university’s financial situation.

Morehouse School of Medicine Launches New Health Equity Project

Morehouse School of Medicine Launches New Health Equity Project

Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta has announced the launch of the Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network (HELEN). The network is an effort to advance the cause of health equity and to eliminate racial disparities in health.

HBCUs Competing to Attract a Large Contingent of Afro-Brazilian Students

HBCUs Competing to Attract a Large Contingent of Afro-Brazilian Students

The Brazilian government plans to send groups of 10 students to study at universities in the United States. And up to three groups of 10 students could be sent to one particular university. The Brazilian government would pay tuition and other expenses.

Three HBCUs Receive Research Grants From the Department of Energy

Three HBCUs Receive Research Grants From the Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued grants to three historically Black universities under its Support for Advanced Fossil Resource Utilization Research program. The three grantees are Delaware State, Clark Atlanta, and Prairie View A&M.