An Academic Emergency at Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University, the historically black educational institution in Georgia, announced a new faculty, administration, and student initiative to tutor students who are experiencing academic difficulty. The initiative was announced after it was revealed that 4,900 course grades of D or F were assessed at midterm of the fall semester. There are 4,300 undergraduate students at the university.

The poor performance was attributed to reduced enrollment, a hiring freeze, and a chaotic course registration period which made many students miss classes at the beginning of the semester.

In a letter to the campus community, Carleton E. Brown, provost at Clark Atlanta, stated, “The faculty and administration has made it clear that academic standards will not be lowered or compromised.”