HBCUs

Good News! Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Will Retain its Accreditation

Good News! Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Will Retain its Accreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education announced that historically Black Cheyney University of Pennsylvania will retain its status as an accredited educational institution. The commission is requiring the university to file further reports concerning the reduction of debt and the sustainability of its finances.

Fayetteville State University Partners With Edgecombe Community College

Fayetteville State University Partners With Edgecombe Community College

Graduates of Edgecombe Community College who have obtained an associate’s degree will be able to complete an online bachelor’s degree at Fayetteville State University at a total cost of no more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.

Bernie Sanders Unveils New Plan to Strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Bernie Sanders Unveils New Plan to Strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The presidential candidate’s plan would allow any student to be eligible to receive a tuition-free education from any HBCU, including private institutions, regardless of income.

U.S. Commerce Department Debuts Broadband Internet Initiative With HBCUs

U.S. Commerce Department Debuts Broadband Internet Initiative With HBCUs

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration program seeks to ensure that HBCUs can successfully advance broadband connectivity on their campuses and in their surrounding communities, enabling the participation of all Americans in the digital economy.

Grambling State Creates a New Academic Center for Excellence in Mathematical Achievement

Grambling State Creates a New Academic Center for Excellence in Mathematical Achievement

Nine colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana, including Grambling State University, have Centers of Excellence that are recognized by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Grambling State is currently the only Center of Excellence that has an academic designation.

Alcorn State University Offers Full Scholarship to Musical Prodigy

Alcorn State University Offers Full Scholarship to Musical Prodigy

Historically Black Alcorn State University has offered a full scholarship to Jeremiah Travis. The university hopes that Travis will accept the offer to become a drummer for the HBCU’s Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite Band. Jeremiah Travis is five years old.

LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis Eliminated Seven Positions to Help Close Budget Gap

LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis Eliminated Seven Positions to Help Close Budget Gap

One of those let go was Terrell Strayhorn, vice president of academic and student affairs. Students held a sit-in on campus to protest Dr. Strayhorn’s dismissal. A drop in enrollments from around 1,000 to 836 students this fall has strained the college’s financial situation.

Bowie State University Teams Up With Baltimore City Community College

Bowie State University Teams Up With Baltimore City Community College

A unique feature of the agreement will enables select students in the community college’s Honor’s Program to transfer into the Honor’s Program at Bowie State University and receive a full scholarship covering in-state tuition and fees.

Delaware State University to Form Media Network With University in Ghana

Delaware State University to Form Media Network With University in Ghana

The collaboration between Delaware State University’s Center for Global Africa and African University College of Communication in Ghana is designed to support and advance the shared interests of Africa and the diaspora, especially with historically Black colleges and universities.

South Carolina State University Jumps Onboard With the U.S. Coast Guard

South Carolina State University Jumps Onboard With the U.S. Coast Guard

Students who are accepted into the scholarship program will be enlisted into the U.S. Coast Guard, complete basic training during the summer and receive full funding for up to two years of college. They will also receive a full-time Coast Guard salary, housing allowance, and medical benefits.

Grambling State University Hopes to Offer New Degree Program in Cloud Computing

Grambling State University Hopes to Offer New Degree Program in Cloud Computing

Once the plan is developed, the university would need a second approval from the board of regents to offer the new cloud computing degree program. If all goes as planned, the new major could begin to enroll students as early as next fall.

Medical School at Michigan State to Provide Admission Pipeline for Xavier University Students

Medical School at Michigan State to Provide Admission Pipeline for Xavier University Students

The Mission SMART (SpartanMD Acceptance Realization Track) will provide Xavier University students with academic advising and the students will be enrolled in a program of enriching clinical and service experiences in preparation for admission to Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

Howard University to Receive the 2019 American Historical Association Equity Award

Howard University to Receive the 2019 American Historical Association Equity Award

The American Historical Association’s Equity Award recognizes individuals and institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the historical professions.

Howard University Teams Up With Amazon to Promote Diversity in the Entertainment Industry

Howard University Teams Up With Amazon to Promote Diversity in the Entertainment Industry

The program will be an immersive two-semester experience located in Los Angeles that offers Howard University students the opportunity to take academic courses during the spring semester and participate in a fellowship in the entertainment industry during the summer months.

Spelman College to Create an Endowed Chair in Queer Studies to Honor Poet Audre Lourde

Spelman College to Create an Endowed Chair in Queer Studies to Honor Poet Audre Lourde

The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Lorde was born in New York City and wrote her first poem at age 12. While attending Hunter College in the 1950s, Lorde became a leader in the early lesbian activist community.

Florida A&M University Creates Online Resources on Medical Marijuana Research

Florida A&M University Creates Online Resources on Medical Marijuana Research

The project aims to serve as a center for marijuana information in the state of Florida, to fill in the gaps in medical marijuana research particularly as it relates to diverse communities, and to inform public policy on the emerging medical marijuana industry.

Philander Smith College Offers a New Pipeline Program to Law School

Philander Smith College Offers a New Pipeline Program to Law School

The program provides guaranteed acceptance to the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas Little Rock for Philander Smith College graduates who have a 3.4 grade point average in college and score at least 154 on the Law School Admission Test.

Retired NFL Player Establishes a Scholarship Fund Honoring His Mother at Tuskegee University

Retired NFL Player Establishes a Scholarship Fund Honoring His Mother at Tuskegee University

NFL pro football veteran Michael Johnson, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has made forging new educational and economic opportunities for others in and around his native Selma, Alabama, his new full-time job.

Two HBCUs in Ohio Team Up With the U.S. Small Business Administration

Two HBCUs in Ohio Team Up With the U.S. Small Business Administration

Wilberforce University and Central State University, historically Black educational institutions in Ohio, will partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase opportunities for students in the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Charles R. Drew University's New Psychiatry Residency Program Addresses Mental Health in LA

Charles R. Drew University’s New Psychiatry Residency Program Addresses Mental Health in LA

Historically Black Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services have joined forces to deliver effective culturally-appropriate mental health treatment in South Los Angeles.

Texas Southern University Partners With the Monterey Jazz Festival

Texas Southern University Partners With the Monterey Jazz Festival

Under the agreement music and business students from Texas Southern University travel to California to participate as production and marketing interns during the festival and the two organizations put on a three-day symposium on jazz in Houston

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Offers a New Degree Program in Agricultural Engineering

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Offers a New Degree Program in Agricultural Engineering

The only other agricultural engineering program in the state is offered through the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Students who enroll will be able to choose an option in power and machinery, agricultural production systems, or soil and water systems.

Shaq and Miles College Team Up in Entrepreneurial Venture

Shaq and Miles College Team Up in Entrepreneurial Venture

Miles College, a historically Black educational institution in Fairfield, Alabama, is partnering with NBA great Shaquille O’Neal in a new initiative that plans to open a Papa John’s Pizza franchise on the campus of every HBCU in the nation.

Delaware State Graduates Will Have an Opportunity to Enroll in Athletic Training Graduate Program

Delaware State Graduates Will Have an Opportunity to Enroll in Athletic Training Graduate Program

Under a new agreement, one student from Delaware State’s kinesiology degree program within the department of public and allied health sciences will be selected to enroll in the master of science Athletic Training Degree Program at the University of Delaware.

New Scholarship Program Honors Tuskegee's First Nursing Graduate

New Scholarship Program Honors Tuskegee’s First Nursing Graduate

Della Sullins was among three nursing students who came to Tuskegee to obtain the necessary coursework to earn a degree when then-Tuskegee Institute launched the state’s first bachelor’s degree nursing program in 1948.

Xavier University of Louisiana Debuts New Master's Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology

Xavier University of Louisiana Debuts New Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology

The new master’s degree program in speech-language pathology will play a significant role in the university’s efforts to respectfully and compassionately address the speech, hearing, and language difficulties across diverse communities.

Oprah Winfrey Doubles Down on Her Support for Morehouse College Scholarships

Oprah Winfrey Doubles Down on Her Support for Morehouse College Scholarships

Oprah Winfrey came to Atlanta to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program. But she also made a surprise announcement, donating $13 million to enhance the scholarship fund, pushing her total investment to $25 million.

Fort Valley State University Signs Agreement With Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Fort Valley State University Signs Agreement With Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Under the agreement, students at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta who earn an associate’s degree can have up to 18 semester hours transferred to Fort Valley State University and count towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Blacks make up 35 percent of the student body at the technical college.

Tuskegee University Establishes New Scholarship Program for Women Engineering Students

Tuskegee University Establishes New Scholarship Program for Women Engineering Students

The Lily McNair Women in Engineering Leadership Scholarship Initiative, named to honor the university’s first woman president who took office on July 1, 2018, will provide tuition assistance for women engineering students at the university.

The University of the District of Columbia Teams Up With Penn State on STEM Research

The University of the District of Columbia Teams Up With Penn State on STEM Research

Under the agreement, researchers at the University of the District of Columbia and the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University will work together on projects relating to advanced materials and manufacturing, as well as cybersecurity.

Maryland Governor Doubles His Offer to Settle HBCU Litigation That Has Dragged on for 13 Years

Maryland Governor Doubles His Offer to Settle HBCU Litigation That Has Dragged on for 13 Years

In 2018, Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. said he was willing to dedicate as much as $100 million over 10 years to Maryland HBCUs. He has now raised that offer to $200 million. The four historically Black state universities have indicated they will settle the case for about $600 million.

Morehouse College in Atlanta Announces Budget-Tightening Measures

Morehouse College in Atlanta Announces Budget-Tightening Measures

Morehouse College, the highly rated historically Black institution for men in Atlanta, has announced a series of initiatives to tighten its budget. Most professional staff and faculty will be required to take a one-day unpaid furlough each month. The college will also stop making matching contributions to employees’ retirement accounts.

Southern University Is the Pilot Institution for the CIA's HBCU Recruitment and Workforce Initiative

Southern University Is the Pilot Institution for the CIA’s HBCU Recruitment and Workforce Initiative

The agreement allows the CIA to engage in a broad range of classroom workshops, curriculum development, and recruitment activities to foster ongoing relationships with key university staff and personnel on Southern University’s five campuses.

Saint Augustine's University Earns Approval to Offer Its Academic Programs Online

Saint Augustine’s University Earns Approval to Offer Its Academic Programs Online

After receiving approval from the accrediting agency, Saint Augustine’s University will begin by delivering its organizational management bachelor’s degree as a fully-online program, beginning this coming spring, through the department of extended studies.

Tuskegee University and North Carolina State Team Up to Boost Diversity in Forestry

Tuskegee University and North Carolina State Team Up to Boost Diversity in Forestry

Participating students will spend three years at Tuskegee, followed by two years at North Carolina State. Students who successfully complete the program will have earned a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee and a master’s degree in forestry from North Carolina State.

Florida A&M University Debuts Its Office of Undergraduate Research

Florida A&M University Debuts Its Office of Undergraduate Research

The goal of the Office of Undergraduate Research is to increase the number of students participating in and completing undergraduate research and internship opportunities. OUR will enable students to easily access information about these offerings and apply for investigative projects and programs in which they have an interest.