HBCUs

Morehouse College's Moot Court Teams Wins National Title

Morehouse College’s Moot Court Teams Wins National Title

The Morehouse College team, consisting of students Rodje Malcolm and Emanuel Waddell, was the first team from a historically Black college or university to ever win the national moot court competition.

Congressman Seeks to Restore Funding to Preserve Historic HBCU Buildings

Congressman Seeks to Restore Funding to Preserve Historic HBCU Buildings

In 1998, the General Accounting Office identified 712 historic buildings and structures on the campuses of HBCUs that it deemed worthy of historical preservation. No funding has been allocated to the program since the 2008 recession.

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis Debuts a New Academic Center

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis Debuts a New Academic Center

The Center for Non-Violence and Abuse Prevention will serve as a platform for education and will provide resources that address different forms of abuse and violence.

Jackson State University Establishes a Little Free Library to Promote Literacy

Jackson State University Establishes a Little Free Library to Promote Literacy

The concept of The Little Free Library is “take a book, return a book.” The mission is to promote literacy and a love of reading by offering a free book exchange for children.

Savannah State University to Offer Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations

Savannah State University to Offer Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations

In addition to the basic introductory courses which provide a general overview of nonprofit management practices, electives include courses on marketing and fundraising, human resources, financial management, and grant writing.

A New Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia

A New Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia

The new degree program at the historically Black university is meant to help satisfy the projected 72 percent increase in jobs in the field over the next several years.

The First New Classroom Building at Norfolk State University in 40 years

The First New Classroom Building at Norfolk State University in 40 years

The new 140,000-square-foot building has more than 30 classrooms, five computer laboratories, 10 nursing and medicals laboratories, three conference rooms, 20 group study rooms, and offices for 68 faculty members and their staffs.

Paine College Suspends Its Football Program

Paine College Suspends Its Football Program

This past fall, Paine College played a full varsity schedule of 10 football games for the first time in over a half century. The team had a record of two wins and eight losses. Now financial concerns have forced the college to suspend football for at least two years.

Stillman College Cuts Tuition in an Effort to Boost Enrollment

Stillman College Cuts Tuition in an Effort to Boost Enrollment

Stillman College, the historically Black educational institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced that the annual cost of tuition and room and board would be reduced from $22,500 to $17,500 beginning in the fall.

Tennessee State University Switches to a Four-Day Class Schedule

Tennessee State University Switches to a Four-Day Class Schedule

As a result of the cancellation of Friday classes, students will attend class longer on Mondays and Wednesdays. Fifty minutes classes that were held three times a week, will now meet for an hour and 20 minutes on Monday and Wednesdays.

Alabama State University Partners With Soongsil University in Korea

Alabama State University Partners With Soongsil University in Korea

Under the agreement, the two universities will offer student exchange and study abroad programs for students at the partner universities. There will also be research, lecture, and seminar opportunities for faculty members at the partner institutions.

R. Wayne Woodson Looks to Revive the Music Program at Paine College

R. Wayne Woodson Looks to Revive the Music Program at Paine College

The college no longer offers a music major and the college’s music collections have dwindled. Membership in the college’s choir was reduced to less than half of what it had been, but is now on the rebound.

School Shooting Victim Gets Full Scholarship to Kentucky State University

School Shooting Victim Gets Full Scholarship to Kentucky State University

On September 30, 2014, Javaughntay Burroughs, a sophomore honor roll student at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was hit by an errant bullet while walking to his fifth-period class.

Bowie State University Embarks on a Year-Long 150th Anniversary Celebration

Bowie State University Embarks on a Year-Long 150th Anniversary Celebration

A new website has been established to promote the anniversary. The site includes a history of the university, a timeline, a schedule of upcoming events, and photo galleries documenting the university’s history.

Alcorn State University Offers In-State Tuition Rates for All Students

Alcorn State University Offers In-State Tuition Rates for All Students

In an effort to boost enrollments, Alcorn State University in Mississippi has abolished its dual tuition schedule. Now all students who enroll at the historically Black university will pay the same price, regardless of their state of residence.

Howard University Scientists Involved in a Pacific Ocean Research Expedition

Howard University Scientists Involved in a Pacific Ocean Research Expedition

Scientists from Howard University in Washington, D.C., are participating in a month-long expedition aboard the Ronald H. Brown, a research vessel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fort Valley State University Puts Out the Welcome Mat for Dropouts

Fort Valley State University Puts Out the Welcome Mat for Dropouts

Former students who did not complete their degree will be mailed postcards encouraging them to return to campus. A special website has been creating for the Recruit Back program and former students will also be contacted through social media.

New Agriculture Research Facilty Slated for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

New Agriculture Research Facilty Slated for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has purchased a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and a 2,300-square-foot farmhouse adjacent to a 365-acre tract of farmland purchased in 2013.

Dillard University to Offer Its First Online Course

Dillard University to Offer Its First Online Course

Dillard University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, will be offering its first online course during the spring 2015 semester: “Principles of Disease Prevention and Control.”

Arkansas Baptist College on the Road to Recovery

Arkansas Baptist College on the Road to Recovery

When Fitz Hill was named president of Arkansas Baptist College in 2006, the school enrolled only 128 students and it was in danger of losing its accreditation. Today there are 901 students enrolled.

Howard University Enters Partnership With Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Howard University Enters Partnership With Monumental Sports & Entertainment

The company will provide internships for students in Howard University’s sports management program and will offer group ticket discounts to the Howard community for games of the Washington Wizards, Capitals, and Mystics.

New Clothing Company Offers Chic Collegiate Apparel for HBCU Students

New Clothing Company Offers Chic Collegiate Apparel for HBCU Students

Chicer Collegiate is a new apparel line focused on historically Black colleges and universities. Its first contract for licensed products is with Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Tennessee State University Launches Education Effort to Benefit Seniors

Tennessee State University Launches Education Effort to Benefit Seniors

Under the agreement, the Tennessee State University Footprint Collaborative will develop lifelong learning programs that include classes on civic education and duties, oral history, technology, and community gardening.

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 University 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.