New interim president of Florida A&M University Larry Robinson wasted no time by firing six members of his predecessor’s leadership team. Rodner Wright, dean of the university’s School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, was named interim provost.
Hampton University, Mississippi Valley State University, Dillard University, Alcorn State University, Kentucky State University, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Xavier University have all reported impressive gains in enrollments.
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota has introduced the HBCU Investment Expansion Act. The legislation would make bonds issued by historically Black colleges and universities exempt from federal, state, and local taxes.
South Carolina State University, the historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, has entered into an agreement with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College that will make it easier for students to transfer from OC Tech to South Carolina State University in order to earn bachelor’s degrees.
The bill authorizes an appropriation of $10 million in each of the next seven years for programs to preserve historic buildings on the campuses of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities.
One of the main reasons for the first-time student enrollment increase was a 76 percent reduction in the out-of-state tuition surcharge for students who are not Ohio residents. The largest contingent of new out-of-state students is from Michigan, followed by Illinois and Indiana.
Benedict College has renovated several dormitories, installed new heating and air conditioning systems, and opened a new radio and television studio complex.
When complete, plans call for the development project to include a new hotel and conference center, a business incubation facility, a library, community resource center, residential properties, restaurants and retail stores.
The United States Department of Agriculture recently awarded $18.9 million in grants to 19 historically Black colleges and universities to build or improve agricultural and food science research facilities and equipment on their campuses.
Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, is cooperating with officials representing higher educational interests in the Central American nation of Belize to expand educational opportunities for faculty and students in both countries.
Last May, allegations that a Spelman College student was gang raped by four students from nearby Morehouse College were published on an anonymous Twitter account. Now Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell has reported on measures the college has taken to combat sexual assault on campus.
The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne has entered into an agreement with the Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan. The agreement calls for academic exchanges and study abroad opportunities.
Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens reports the largest entering class in the past six years and there are more new students at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis than at any time in the university’s history. For the first, time its residence halls are at full capacity.
Tuskegee University, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama founded by Booker T. Washington, has announced what it calls “rightsizing efforts.” Over the next three years, Tuskegee University is committed to reduce operating costs and expenses by $15 million to $20 million.
Derek Oliver was a first-year student and a cornerback on the football team at Arkansas Baptist College. In 2012 he was shot on a street near campus while helping a friend change a flat tire. A new center on Black-on-Black violence named in his honor recently opened on campus.
According to the Institute of International Education, African Americans are only 5.6 percent of the students who study abroad. But at Spelman College in Atlanta, one fifth of all students study abroad in any given year.
Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, has its largest entering class in six years and Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has its largest first-year class in university history.
The Advance Adaptive Technology platform uses 21st century learning technologies to deliver quality online instruction coursework that will be used in biology and history classes to assess the effectiveness of the learning environments to improve student-learning outcomes.
The new logo shows a stone arch which the university says “represents the strength of the university community and reflects the faculty and staff’s commitment to advocating for students and providing them a safe and supportive environment in which to pursue their education.”
Jarvis Christian College, a historically Black educational institution in Hawkins, Texas, has announced that it is opening its first satellite campus at the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas.
Fort Valley State University, a historically Black educational institution in Georgia, has announced that it will be offering this fall a new bachelor of business administration degree with a concentration in supply chain and logistics management.
According to the university, “the reorganization will position North Carolina A&T to award degrees that support careers of the future and increase its competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
Historically Black Norfolk State University in Virginia has announced that beginning this fall the university will be offering a new bachelor’s degree program in tourism and hospitality management. The new degree program will be offered online.
Under the agreement, Pearson will offer electronic textbooks to Kentucky State students for a flat fee. The university is offering students a book scholarship to cover the costs of the Pearson fee.
Historically Black Mississippi Valley State University has announced that is it offering a new master’s degree program in sports administration. Students will have the option of a concentration in international sports, intercollegiate sports, or sport leadership.
Cheyney University has signed an agreement to fast-track high-achieving Cheyney graduates into the accelerated bachelor’s degree program in nursing and the Ph.D. program in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.
Under the D.C. UP program, valedictorians and salutatorians at the 70 high schools in the District of Columbia would be offered full tuition scholarships for four years and a $6,000 annual housing allowance.
The university said increases in enrollment, cost-saving initiatives across academic and operational budgets, and historic gains in corporate and private giving have allowed the educational institution to restore regular wage schedules.
Located in Lonoke, Arkansas, the Fish Health Inspection Laboratory is one of 11 facilities nationwide approved by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to test fish for viruses so that they can exported to other states and nations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.