HBCUs

Georgia Tech Partners With the Morehouse School of Medicine to Offer Dual MD/MBA Degree

Georgia Tech Partners With the Morehouse School of Medicine to Offer Dual MD/MBA Degree

Students will complete three years as medical students at Morehouse followed by a one-year, three-semester MBA program at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. The final year, they will return to Morehouse to complete their fourth year of medical school.

Elizabeth City State University's New Prevention, Awareness, and Cultural Education Center

Elizabeth City State University’s New Prevention, Awareness, and Cultural Education Center

Elizabeth City State University has launched a new center focused on diversity and inclusion on campus called the P.A.C.E. (Prevention, Awareness, and Cultural Education) Center. The new center is an expanded version of the university’s Women’s Center.

New Scholarship Honoring Frederick Douglass Will Aid a Senior at a HBCU

New Scholarship Honoring Frederick Douglass Will Aid a Senior at a HBCU

The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program will award a $10,000 scholarship to one exceptional HBCU senior per year who has demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, commitment to their community, and has unmet financial need.

Vanderbilt and Tennessee State Partner to Increase Diversity in the Geosciences

Vanderbilt and Tennessee State Partner to Increase Diversity in the Geosciences

Vanderbilt University and historically Black Tennessee State University, both in Nashville, have partnered together to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups studying in the geosciences. The new partnership is called Earth Horizons.

HBCUs Team Up With the Solar Energy Industries Association to Boost Diversity in Clean Energy

HBCUs Team Up With the Solar Energy Industries Association to Boost Diversity in Clean Energy

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Development Action Coalition and the Solar Energy Industries Association have agreed to start a new initiative to increase recruitment of African-Americans to the solar energy industry.

Alabama State University's New Partnership With the U.S. Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

Alabama State University’s New Partnership With the U.S. Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

The partnership will provide the university with access to the United States Defense Acquisition University curriculum which they will use to offer a new course on acquisition and contracting to its undergraduate students by spring 2019 and a certificate program in acquisition, contracting, and logistics by fall 2020.

Enrollment Surges at a Number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Enrollment Surges at a Number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black colleges and universities all over the nation are seeing increases in enrollments. Here are some examples.

Google Partners with Seven HBCUs for Tech Exchange Program

Google Partners with Seven HBCUs for Tech Exchange Program

Google has expanded its effort to boost diversity in Silicon Valley. A new program will provide students from seven historically Black colleges and universities with the opportunity to study computer science at the company’s headquarters in California.

Howard University Cancer Center Expands Access to Clinical Cancer Trials for African Americans

Howard University Cancer Center Expands Access to Clinical Cancer Trials for African Americans

Clinical trials provide patients with access to leading physicians, breakthrough medicines, advanced technologies, and groundbreaking treatments before they are widely available to the public. Historically, African Americans have been largely underrepresented in clinical trial research.

Hurricane Florence Wreaks Havoc on North and South Carolina HBCUs

Hurricane Florence Wreaks Havoc on North and South Carolina HBCUs

The historically Black colleges and universities of North Carolina and South Carolina were among the many institutions affected by Hurricane Florence this past week.

Fayetteville State University Offers Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees for Community College Grads

Fayetteville State University Offers Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees for Community College Grads

Historically Black Fayetteville State University has signed an agreement with Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina, that will allow GTCC graduates to complete an online bachelor’s degree through Fayetteville State University for no more than $10,000.

Charles  R. Drew University of Medical Science Teams Up With Medical School in Dominica

Charles R. Drew University of Medical Science Teams Up With Medical School in Dominica

A new agreement between historically Black, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles and the Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, has established joint education programs that aim to increase the number of physicians in underserved areas in the United States.

U.S. News Issues New Rankings of the Nation's Best HBCUs

U.S. News Issues New Rankings of the Nation’s Best HBCUs

The top five HBCUs remained the same as last year’s ranking; Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia was first. This was the 12th year in a row that Spelman College has topped the U.S. News rankings for HBCUs. Spelman College and Howard University also climbed in the overall rankings.

Xavier University Announces the Creation of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit

Xavier University Announces the Creation of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit

The new center will be an intellectual and physical convening place for research, teaching, community engagement, and debate on issues related to race-based inequities, social identity production, and power relations.

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina Receives Donation of Religious Books

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina Receives Donation of Religious Books

Shaw University has received a donation of 500 books from the late Reverend Milton P. Snyder’s personal library. The gift will enhance the university’s collection of diverse religious publications.

Bethune-Cookman Faculty Want Action to Solve the University's Problems

Bethune-Cookman Faculty Want Action to Solve the University’s Problems

A group of 30 faculty members at Bethune Cookman University, a historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida, recently sent a letter to university president Hubert Grimes. The faculty wrote that they were being “blatantly disregarded” and wanted solutions to the colleges growing list of problems.

Howard University Launches Campaign on Sexual Assault Prevention

Howard University Launches Campaign on Sexual Assault Prevention

Campaign activities will educate students and faculty on how to look for and prevent interpersonal violence.

Spelman College Receives a Donation of 14,000 Books From Harvard's Skip Gates

Spelman College Receives a Donation of 14,000 Books From Harvard’s Skip Gates

Spelman College, the historically Black educational institution for women in Atlanta, Georgia, has received a donation of 13 pallets of books from Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s personal library. According to the college, the Gates’ donation is the single largest book donation ever received by an HBCU.

Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, Eliminates Seven Majors

Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, Eliminates Seven Majors

Benedict College, a historically Black educational institution in Columbia, South Carolina, will be eliminating seven majors this school year. The majors that will be cut are history, religion and philosophy, sociology, political science, transportation and logistics engineering, mathematics, and economics.

NBA Legend Isiah Thomas Seeks to Increase Celebrities' Support of HBCUs

NBA Legend Isiah Thomas Seeks to Increase Celebrities’ Support of HBCUs

According to a statement released by Florida Memorial University, the new program is “intended to inspire successful athletes, entertainers and other influential partners to re-commit, embrace and support historically Black colleges and universities.”

Johnson C. Smith University Develops a New Minor Degree Program in Data Science

Johnson C. Smith University Develops a New Minor Degree Program in Data Science

Five new courses will be developed and one existing course will be improved. These classes will teach students about data analysis, ethical problem-solving, and computational thinking.

What Are the Most Affordable Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

What Are the Most Affordable Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Annual tuition and fees at one of the more expensive HBCUs – Spelman College – are $28,181. Yet, this is still below the national average for a four-year private college, which stands at $32,410.

Philander Smith College Continues to Boost Enrollments

Philander Smith College Continues to Boost Enrollments

This year’s enrollment at Philander Smith is projected to be over 1,000 students. This is almost double what the enrollment was in 2014. The United Negro College Fund states that the college is growing twice as fast as any other UNCF member school.

New Academic Offerings at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina

New Academic Offerings at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina

Winston-Salem State University is offering a new minor degree program in public health within the School of Health Sciences and a new minor degree program in urban studies and sustainability.

Howard University Makes Great Strides in Gender Diversity in Engineering

Howard University Makes Great Strides in Gender Diversity in Engineering

At the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University, 43 percent of students who earned engineering degrees in 2016 were women. This is more than double the national average. The percentage of women assistant professors in the college increased from 9 percent in 2015 to 39 percent today.

Ford Teams Up With Spelman College to Boost Graduation Rates of First-Generation Students

Ford Teams Up With Spelman College to Boost Graduation Rates of First-Generation Students

Ford First Gen will enhance Spelman’s student success efforts by pairing a cohort of 50 first-generation, first-year students with 10 rising juniors – also first-generation students – who will serve as peer mentors. Mentors will spend at least 10 hours per week with each of their assigned mentees.

State Leaders in Mississippi See No Need to Close or Merge Public HBCUs

State Leaders in Mississippi See No Need to Close or Merge Public HBCUs

Alfred Rankins Jr., the first African American to lead the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Education, has gone on record as opposing any mergers of the state’s historically Black universities into predominately White institutions.

Kevin Hart to Support the College Education of 18 KIPP Students at HBCUs

Kevin Hart to Support the College Education of 18 KIPP Students at HBCUs

Comedian Kevin Hart has established a new $600,000 scholarship fund in conjunction with the United Negro College Fund that will support the college education of 18 students from Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) schools who will be attending historically Black colleges and universities.

Mississippi Valley State University Opens an Early College High School on Campus

Mississippi Valley State University Opens an Early College High School on Campus

High school students will spend their days on the campus of MVSU completing high school and college courses. When they complete high school they will technically be a sophomore in college and all those hours are transferable toward at college degree at the university.

A Handwritten Letter by Rosa Parks Has Been Donated to Alabama State University

A Handwritten Letter by Rosa Parks Has Been Donated to Alabama State University

In January 1957, the home of Rev. Bob Graetz and his wife Jeannie, a White couple who were both very active in the civil rights movement in the city, was bombed. Rosa Parks, who lived across the street wrote a letter describing that incident. The letter has now been donated to Alabama State University.

Tuskegee University Receives the Photographic Archives of Prentice H. Polk

Tuskegee University Receives the Photographic Archives of Prentice H. Polk

Prentice H. Polk was one of the most influential photographers of his time. Much of Polk’s work was centered around Tuskegee Institute, and celebrated family life, national and local elite individuals, and specific events occurring on campus.

Cheyney University Creates the Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience

Cheyney University Creates the Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience

Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Epcot Crenshaw are among the initial partners in the newly formed institute at historically Black Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Starbucks Foundation also will partner with the institute on a future research project.

Alcorn State University to Offer a New Master's Degree Program in NCAA Compliance

Alcorn State University to Offer a New Master’s Degree Program in NCAA Compliance

Alcorn State says that the new master’s degree program in NCAA compliance and academic progress rate reporting is the first of its kind in the nation. The university will also offer a post-baccalaureate certificate program in the field.

Princeton University Brings HBCU Students to Campus to Garner Interest in Archival Research

Princeton University Brings HBCU Students to Campus to Garner Interest in Archival Research

Last month, Princeton University in New Jersey held its inaugural Archives Research and Collaborative (ARCH) program on campus. Fourteen students from five historically Black colleges and universities spent five days on the Princeton campus with the goal of interesting them in careers in archives research.

Howard University Partners With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Diversify Business Leadership

Howard University Partners With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Diversify Business Leadership

The partnership will focus on four main programs. An internship program for Howard students at the Chamber has already been established. There will be a business executive speaker series, a research program provided by the Chamber; and an innovation and entrepreneurship development program.

Virginia State University Sets Up Incubator Farm in Culpepper County

Virginia State University Sets Up Incubator Farm in Culpepper County

The Small Farm Outreach Program, part of Cooperative Extension Services at Virginia State University, will provide fertilizer, seeds, hand and power gardening tools, personnel to provide training and technical assistance, and financial assistance.