Bill Calls for Boosting Online Education Initiatives at the Black Colleges

A new survey by the Babson Survey Research Group finds that nearly one in five college students took at least one course online in 2005. Online education can be particularly important to single mothers and students who must work while enrolled in college, two groups that include large numbers of African Americans.

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is sponsoring legislation to increase online education opportunities for African-American college students. Under the legislation nine historically black colleges and universities will be provided with start-up funds to enable them to begin online education programs or to enhance programs that already exist at these institutions.