HBCUs

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.

Fisk University Enrollments Are Up 42 Percent From Three Years Ago

Fisk University Enrollments Are Up 42 Percent From Three Years Ago

Fisk University’s more solid financial outlook appears to have had a positive impact on enrollments. There are 771 students on campus this fall, a 19.5 percent increase from a year ago and a 42 percent increase from 2011.

Winston-Salem State University Signs Agreement With Kenyatta University

Winston-Salem State University Signs Agreement With Kenyatta University

Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina has entered into a partnership agreement with Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the agreement, the two universities will engage in faculty and student exchanges and collaborate on research projects.

Paul Quinn College Teams Up With Duke University for Environmental Justice Program

Paul Quinn College Teams Up With Duke University for Environmental Justice Program

The Urban Environmental Justice and Social Entrepreneurship program will involve eight undergraduates from each institution. Duke students will spend three weeks at Paul Quinn College and will work to restore an urban stream.

Alabama State University Scientists Receive Patent for Treatment of Respiratory Illness

Alabama State University Scientists Receive Patent for Treatment of Respiratory Illness

Scientists at the Center for NanoBiotechnology at Alabama State University in Montgomery have received a U.S. patent for a new nanomaterial to treat respiratory syncytial virus, a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.

Hampton University Adds to Its Collection of Elizabeth Catlett Works

Hampton University Adds to Its Collection of Elizabeth Catlett Works

The Hampton University Museum in Virginia has received the donation of the Elizabeth Catlett sculpture “Black Flag.” The museum holds the largest collections of works by Catlett of any museum in the world.

New Facilities Expand Agricultural Research Capabilities at Tennessee State University

New Facilities Expand Agricultural Research Capabilities at Tennessee State University

Enrollments in graduate programs in agricultural sciences at Tennessee State University in Nashville have tripled over the past five years and this new facility will expand the research capabilities of these programs.

Southern University Teams Up With Baton Rouge Community College

Southern University Teams Up With Baton Rouge Community College

Students who have successfully completed associate’s degrees in political science, psychology, history, criminal justice, business, and military science will be able to enroll in Southern University bachelor’s degree programs as juniors.

Tennessee State University Partners With a Community College in Memphis

Tennessee State University Partners With a Community College in Memphis

Under the agreement, students who successfully complete their associate’s degree program at Southwest Tennessee Community College will be able to transfer their credits to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Tennessee State.

Kentucky State University Teams Up With a Nigerian University

Kentucky State University Teams Up With a Nigerian University

Historically Black Kentucky State University has entered into a partnership with the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in Umudike, Nigeria. Both universities will send students to study at the partner institution with a focus on participating in research.

Spelman College Enters Dual Degree Program With Emory University's School of Nursing

Spelman College Enters Dual Degree Program With Emory University’s School of Nursing

Under the program, students will spend their first three years at Spelman College. They will then spend two years at Emory completing their training and will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing.

North Carolina Central University to Offer New Degree in Computer Science and Business

North Carolina Central University to Offer New Degree in Computer Science and Business

The new interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program in computer science and business at the historically Black university in Durham will be jointly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business.

Johnson C. Smith University's New Book Examines the History of Its Surrounding Neighborhood

Johnson C. Smith University’s New Book Examines the History of Its Surrounding Neighborhood

The anthology, entitled Let There Be Light, explores how the historic West End neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, where the historically Black university is located, has helped shape racial relations of the New South.

Clark Atlanta University Sues the City of Atlanta Over Morris Brown College Land Deal

Clark Atlanta University Sues the City of Atlanta Over Morris Brown College Land Deal

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University has filed a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta claiming that the university had rights to land recently bought by the city from Morris Brown College.

Fort Valley States University Announces Plans to Deal With Budget Shortfall

Fort Valley States University Announces Plans to Deal With Budget Shortfall

President Ivelaw Griffith announced that the jobs of 14 staff members would be eliminated and 11 other positions that are currently vacant will not be filled. He also announced energy savings initiatives, changes in degree programs, and renewed marketing efforts to attract new students.

First Students Enroll in Johnson C. Smith University's Master of Social Work Degree Program

First Students Enroll in Johnson C. Smith University’s Master of Social Work Degree Program

The two-year degree program, which is offered in the evenings, allows students with full-time jobs the opportunity to enroll. There are 29 students in the inaugural class. Of the 29 students, 27 are women.

Kentucky State University Gets Serious With Students Who Hadn't Paid Their Bills

Kentucky State University Gets Serious With Students Who Hadn’t Paid Their Bills

Interim President Raymond Burse explained that the university faced a deficit of nearly $7 million, largely the result of students who hadn’t paid their bills. After 645 students were dismissed, about 70 percent found ways to settle their accounts within a week.

Cheyney University Opens Its New $23 Million Science Center

Cheyney University Opens Its New $23 Million Science Center

The 40,000-square-foot structure houses chemistry, biology, physics, and computer laboratories, seminar and lecture rooms, faculty offices, a planetarium, and an external greenhouse. It’s the first new academic building on campus in 30 years.

Charter School Moves Its Operation to Johnson C. Smith University Campus

Charter School Moves Its Operation to Johnson C. Smith University Campus

The charter school is affiliated with Elon Homes, which was established in 1907 as an orphanage and now is one of the region’s largest foster care organizations. The charter school has now expanded to serve the entire community, but about 10 percent of the students enrolled at the school are in foster care.

Dillard University to Offer Free Hazardous Waste Management Training for New Orleans Residents

Dillard University to Offer Free Hazardous Waste Management Training for New Orleans Residents

The free training program in hazardous waste management, housed at Dillard’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, is funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.