HBCUs

HBCU Medical Schools Team Up to Increase Organ Donorship Rates Among African Americans

HBCU Medical Schools Team Up to Increase Organ Donorship Rates Among African Americans

The Consortium of HBCU Medical Schools has announced a new initiative to increase the number of African Americans who register to be organ donors. The initiative will also seek to find ways to eliminate racial disparities among recipients of donated organs.

Anonymous Donor Clears the Account Balances of All Wiley College 2022 Graduates

Anonymous Donor Clears the Account Balances of All Wiley College 2022 Graduates

At commencement ceremonies on May 7, Herman J. Felton, Jr., president of Wiley College in Texas, surprised attendees by announcing that the remaining account balances for all graduating students had been fully paid by an anonymous donor. The amount contributed to clear all the students’ balances was about $300,000.

Princeton University Launches Research Partnerships With Five HBCUs

Princeton University Launches Research Partnerships With Five HBCUs

Princeton researchers and researchers from Howard University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-lead research projects. Princeton will fund the research.

Morris Brown College in Atlanta Is Once Again Fully Accredited

Morris Brown College in Atlanta Is Once Again Fully Accredited

Historically Black Morris Brown College in Atlanta was founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2002, the college lost its accreditation due to an unstable financial position. Now, 20 years later, Morris Brown College is once again fully accredited.

NASA's New Equity Action Plan Looks to Increase Opportunities for HBCUs

NASA’s New Equity Action Plan Looks to Increase Opportunities for HBCUs

NASA is conducting an internal analysis to (1) identify historically Black colleges and universities that are eligible to compete for awards but are not submitting proposals and (2) analyze barriers for those that did not apply or applied but did not receive awards.

Prairie View A&M University Expands its Partnership With Texas A&M University

Prairie View A&M University Expands its Partnership With Texas A&M University

The partnership between Texas A&M University and historically Black Prairie View A&M University will be focused on four key areas: faculty exchange, student programs, scholar exchange/support and community outreach.

Xavier University of Louisiana May Open a New Medical School

Xavier University of Louisiana May Open a New Medical School

For decades, Xavier University in New Orleans has consistently produced more African American undergraduate students who go on to obtain medical degrees and Ph.D.’s in the health sciences than any other higher education institution in the nation.

Jarvis Christian College to Transition to University Status With Addition of Master's Degree Programs

Jarvis Christian College to Transition to University Status With Addition of Master’s Degree Programs

Jarvis Christian College, a historically Black educational institution in Hawkins, Texas, has received approval to offer a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in criminal justice. As a result, the college plans to change its name to Jarvis Christian University.

Florida Memorial University Expects Good News From Its Accrediting Agency

Florida Memorial University Expects Good News From Its Accrediting Agency

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges voted to place the Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens on “probation for good cause.” After a campus visit from the accrediting agency, the university believes it will be removed from probation in June.

Fisk University to Offer a New Bachelor's Degree Program in Kinesiology

Fisk University to Offer a New Bachelor’s Degree Program in Kinesiology

Physical activity will be examined from multiple angles, including biological, physiological, and sociological analyses, as well as its effects across a range of tasks, including exercise, daily living, play, sport, and employment. Dr. Andrea K. Stevenson has been chosen to head up the new program.

Howard University Joins the U.S. Space Force's University Partnership Program

Howard University Joins the U.S. Space Force’s University Partnership Program

With a focus on workforce development, the Space Force University Partnership Program aims to provide a consistent pipeline of talent through internships, mentorship, scholarship, and fellowship. The UPP also provides research opportunities for university students.

Alcorn State University Teams Up With the U.S. Agency for International Development

Alcorn State University Teams Up With the U.S. Agency for International Development

The partnership will contribute to USAID’s efforts to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce by creating opportunities and pathways for Alcorn State students to get involved with the Agency’s work and pursue careers in international development.

Morehouse College Wins the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Morehouse College Wins the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Since the competition was founded in 1989, Morehouse College has qualified to participate every year and has won the championship five times. This year, Morehouse defeated the team from Kentucky State University in the final round. Teams from Oakwood University and Tuskegee University, both in Alabama, were semifinalists in the competition.

New Network of Historically Black and Predominantly Black Community Colleges

New Network of Historically Black and Predominantly Black Community Colleges

A new organization has been established to advocate for the nation’s historically Black and predominantly Black community colleges. The nonprofit organization Complete College America has created a national network of 22 historically Black and predominantly Black community colleges across eight states.

Three State-Operated HBCUs in North Carolina Can Now Admit More Out-of-State Students

Three State-Operated HBCUs in North Carolina Can Now Admit More Out-of-State Students

State universities in North Carolina are restricted in the number of students they can enroll who live outside the state. The general limit is to cap out-of-state enrollment at 18 percent. North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina Central University can now admit 35 percent of students from outside North Carolina. The threshold for Elizabeth City State University was raised to 50 percent.

Morgan State University Aims to Establish a Satellite Campus in East Baltimore

Morgan State University Aims to Establish a Satellite Campus in East Baltimore

Under the agreement, the university will purchase an approximately 59-acre parcel that includes the former Lake Clifton High School and another 14 acres of adjacent property south and east of the school. Morgan State aims to redevelop the property over a 15-to-20-year period, with a projected total minimum investment of $200 million.

Tennesseee State University to Expand Its Online Digital Literacy Education Project in Africa

Tennesseee State University to Expand Its Online Digital Literacy Education Project in Africa

Tennessee State University has been operating an online program for students in South Africa and Liberia. The program is part of a STEM literacy partnership with the African Methodist Episcopal Church that gives students digital resources to develop their technology skills. Now students from four additional nations will be able to participate.

New $10 Million Initiative Aims to Establish Public Charter Schools on HBCU Campuses

New $10 Million Initiative Aims to Establish Public Charter Schools on HBCU Campuses

Bloomberg Philanthropies in conjunction with the United Negro College Fund recently announced a new $10 million effort to work with historically Black colleges and universities to start new public charter schools in the South

Howard University Announces $785 Million Program to Upgrade Academic Facilities

Howard University Announces $785 Million Program to Upgrade Academic Facilities

Historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., announced plans for the largest construction real estate initiative in the institution’s history. The university will invest $785 million to build three new state-of-the-art multidisciplinary academic halls and renovate several existing structures.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to Offer Two New Master's Degree Programs

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to Offer Two New Master’s Degree Programs

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has announced that new graduate degree programs in agricultural regulations and aquaculture and fisheries will be offered in the fall semester in the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at the historically Black university.

Southern University Unveils Its New Mobile Health Unit to Serve Low-Income Communities

Southern University Unveils Its New Mobile Health Unit to Serve Low-Income Communities

The School of Nursing at historically Black Southern University in Louisiana has unveiled the Jag Mobile, its state-of-the-art custom mobile health unit that will provide services to medically underserved communities within a 50-mile radius of the Baton Rouge campus.

New Network of Historically Black and Predominately Black Community Colleges

New Network of Historically Black and Predominately Black Community Colleges

Complete College America, a national nonprofit organization with the goal to raise postsecondary attainment in the United States, has announced the launch of a network of 22 historically Black community colleges (HBCCs) and predominantly Black community colleges (PBCCs) across eight states.

Fort Valley State University Students Eligible for Summer Research at the University of Georgia

Fort Valley State University Students Eligible for Summer Research at the University of Georgia

The Rising Scholars Internship is an opportunity for students from FVSU to conduct research with scientists from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and reside on the UGA campus in Athens from May 23 through July 23.

Bomb Threats Continue at HBCUs: Federal Government Offers Grants to Help

Bomb Threats Continue at HBCUs: Federal Government Offers Grants to Help

The Biden administration has announced that HBCUs that have received bomb threats are eligible for grants of between $50,000 and $150,000 to help them deal with these bomb scares. The grants can be used to improve security or increase mental health resources.

Jackson State University in Mississippi Partners With Six Community Colleges in Alabama

Jackson State University in Mississippi Partners With Six Community Colleges in Alabama

Jackson State University, the historically Black educational institution in Mississippi, has announced a partnership with six Alabama community colleges to help associate degree graduates transition into its bachelor degree programs. 

Meharry Medical College to Add a New Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Data Science

Meharry Medical College to Add a New Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Data Science

Students in the new program, scheduled to begin in August, will take courses in mathematics, computational science, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, biomedical image processing and analysis, artificial intelligence and deep learning, and computer programming.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is the Latest HBCU to Receive MacKenzie Scott Gift

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is the Latest HBCU to Receive MacKenzie Scott Gift

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles, one of the nation’s four historically Black medical schools and the only HBCU west of Texas has received a $20 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This one-time gift represents the largest private donation in the history of the university.

Howard University Forms The Consortium to Advance Equity for Women and Girls of Color

Howard University Forms The Consortium to Advance Equity for Women and Girls of Color

The Consortium, funded by Melinda French Gates, will provide innovative research, data, and programming to advance gender equity and close the achievement gaps for women of color. Additionally, the Howard University Center for Women, Gender, and Global Leadership plans to launch an annual HBCU conference on women and leadership.

National Trust for Historical Preservation Offers Aid to Five HBCUs

National Trust for Historical Preservation Offers Aid to Five HBCUs

Recently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, through its HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative, awarded more than $650,000 in grants to five historically Black colleges and universities to fund Cultural Heritage Stewardship Plans.

North Carolina Central University Partners With Princeton University on Library Fellowships

North Carolina Central University Partners With Princeton University on Library Fellowships

Under the new initiative, students who earn a master’s degree in information science or library science at North Carolina Central University will be eligible for the Early Career Fellowship Program at the Princeton University Library. The program will offer a total of eight, two-year long positions over the next four years.

Jackson State University in Mississippi Recruiting Students From a Connecticut Community College

Jackson State University in Mississippi Recruiting Students From a Connecticut Community College

Historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi has signed an agreement with Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that aims to provide a seamless transfer for students who enroll at JSU at in-state tuition rates after completing their two-year degree at the community college.

Spelman College Teams Up With SMASH to Promote Black Women in Technology

Spelman College Teams Up With SMASH to Promote Black Women in Technology

The inaugural SMASH/Spelman cohort will comprise 25 female high school students, who will have the opportunity to participate in multi-year immersive educational programming focused on preparing them to drive social change through technology.

The Center for an Equitable and Sustainable Society Created at Howard University

The Center for an Equitable and Sustainable Society Created at Howard University

Historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C. will participate in a $40 million program to establish multidisciplinary academic centers dedicated to reimagining the relationships among markets, governments, and people. Scholars at the new academic centers will investigate how economies should work in the 21st century and the aims they should serve.

Hampton University to Develop a New Robotics Program With Funding From Amazon

Hampton University to Develop a New Robotics Program With Funding From Amazon

Amazon funding will assist with establishing a new research laboratory in an existing space; a one-year faculty position dedicated to artificial intelligence and machine learning; and the establishment of a senior capstone course where students will receive side-by-side mentorship from leading researchers, software developers, and engineers at Amazon.

Xavier University Students Are Eligible for Early Assurance Program for Admission to Dental School

Xavier University Students Are Eligible for Early Assurance Program for Admission to Dental School

Historically Black Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans has entered into a partnership with the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sophomores at Xavier University who are accepted into the program will be offered conditional early acceptance into the UAB School of Dentistry.

Coppin State University Teams Up With Charles Schwab to Boost Diversity in Financial Services

Coppin State University Teams Up With Charles Schwab to Boost Diversity in Financial Services

Coppin State University in Baltimore has entered into a partnership with the investment firm Charles Schwab Advisors and the Charles Schwab Foundation that aims to increase diversity in the financial services industry. Currently, 76.3 percent of finance professionals are White.