HBCUs

Loan Forgiveness for Four HBCUs Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

Loan Forgiveness for Four HBCUs Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

The recent budget deal that ended the brief government shutdown included an important provision for four historically Black colleges and universities that suffered considerable damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

North Carolina Central Joins the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory

North Carolina Central Joins the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory

North Carolina Central University is the first historically Black college or university to be a member of a U.S. Department of Energy Center of Excellence.

Texas Southern University Earns the First National HBCU Debate Championship

Texas Southern University Earns the First National HBCU Debate Championship

This past October, Wiley College in Marshall, Texas was awarded a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to establish a Historically Black Colleges and Universities Speech and Debate League. The Team from Texas Southern University is the first champion.

BestColleges.com Ranks the Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities

BestColleges.com Ranks the Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The website’s methodology ranks HBCUs by taking into account “academic standards, affordability, outcomes, student support, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.” Florida A&M University was ranked as the best HBCU in these rankings.

Saudi Arabians Flock to Tennessee State University

Saudi Arabians Flock to Tennessee State University

Officials at Tennessee State University report that 70 percent of the approximately 570 foreign students at the university come from Saudi Arabia. Over half of the engineering majors at Tennessee State are Saudi Arabian students.

Texas Southern University Establishes the Mathew Knowles Institute

Texas Southern University Establishes the Mathew Knowles Institute

The institute, named for music and entertainment industry mogul Mathew Knowles, will be operated by the Office of Continuing Education. It will offer certificates in management, sales, marketing, career development, human resources, entrepreneurship, and entertainment.

Morehouse College Gets Serious About Preventing Sexual Misconduct

Morehouse College Gets Serious About Preventing Sexual Misconduct

Recently, more than 25 Title IX employees, executive leaders, and faculty representatives from Morehouse and Spelman met as a group to discuss opportunities for joint educational outreach to prevent sexual misconduct. The group also discussed best practices for handling cases.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Signs Agreement With Salisbury University

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Signs Agreement With Salisbury University

The partnership will allow qualified students who are majoring in chemistry at Salisbury University and who have completed three years of study to gain admission to the professional pharmacy degree program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Google to Expand Its Computer Science Training Program for HBCU Students

Google to Expand Its Computer Science Training Program for HBCU Students

Last summer, Google operated a satellite campus in California for 26 Howard University students. Google was so pleased with the effort that it is now expanding the program from three months in the summer to a full academic year. And students from other HBCUs will be able to participate.

Bowie State University Expands its Partnership With the Environmental Protection Agency

Bowie State University Expands its Partnership With the Environmental Protection Agency

Under the agreement the EPA will provide educational and practical experiences to university students looking to enter careers in the federal government. Officials at the EPA will serve as student mentors. University students will be able to participate in EPA research projects and gain access to student internship programs at the agency.

Texas Southern University to Establish the Center for Justice Research

Texas Southern University to Establish the Center for Justice Research

The new center has the goal of producing innovative solutions to criminal justice reform and addressing challenges in America’s criminal justice system. Howard Henderson, professor of the administration of justice, will be the director of the center.

Bethune-Cookman University Announces a New Master's Degree Program in Christian Ministry

Bethune-Cookman University Announces a New Master’s Degree Program in Christian Ministry

The master’s degree in Christian ministry program will be offered in two ways; as a 2-year master’s degree program or as a 5-year bachelor’s and master’s degree program where a student continues undergraduate studies through the master’s level.

Howard University to Participate in CRESST II, Space Science Research Project

Howard University to Participate in CRESST II, Space Science Research Project

The CRESST project began in 2006 and has now been continued with a five-year, $87.5 million grant from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration. Howard University will receive approximately $875,000 annually as a member of the consortium.

Coppin State University Joins Nanotechnology Education Cooperative Venture

Coppin State University Joins Nanotechnology Education Cooperative Venture

The Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership Project is led by the Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization at Pennsylvania State University and is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Bethune-Cookman University Signs Its First Articulation Agreement in Its 114-Year History

Bethune-Cookman University Signs Its First Articulation Agreement in Its 114-Year History

Students transferring from Florida Gateway College in Lake City will be eligible for early registration, application fee waivers, scholarship opportunities, and discounted tuition at Bethune-Cookman University.

Central State University to Open a New Satellite Office in Trotwood, Ohio

Central State University to Open a New Satellite Office in Trotwood, Ohio

Under the agreement, Central State University’s Extension Service will open a satellite office in the Trotwood Civic and Cultural Arts Center to provide educational and community development programs for residents of northwest Montgomery County, Ohio.

Tennessee State University Looks to Add Several New Academic Programs

Tennessee State University Looks to Add Several New Academic Programs

Pending approval from state authorities there will be a new executive Ph.D. program in higher education leadership and a Ph.D. program in public health. A bachelor’s degree program in nonprofit management and leadership is also in the works.

Tuskegee University to Develop a Minor Program in African American Studies

Tuskegee University to Develop a Minor Program in African American Studies

The new, multidisciplinary African-American studies program is a collaborative project between the university’s Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science and the department of history and political science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bennett College Unveils a New State-of-the-Art Production Studio

Bennett College Unveils a New State-of-the-Art Production Studio

The new studio includes a modular set that can be configured for news programs, talk shows, or stand-up presentations. It also has a professional lighting grid and space for photography and green-screen video production.

A Record Number of Doctoral Degree Awards at Grambling State University

A Record Number of Doctoral Degree Awards at Grambling State University

Last month seven students were awarded doctorates in developmental education at Grambling State University in Louisiana. This is the largest number of doctoral degrees awarded in university history. One of the seven students is a grandfather who has been serving as a lecturer in the College of Business at Grambling.

Winston-Salem State Graduate Is the First to Take Advantage of a Guaranteed Admission Program

Winston-Salem State Graduate Is the First to Take Advantage of a Guaranteed Admission Program

Alexis McCrea, who graduated from Winston-Salem State University last spring, is the first student to take advantage of the university’s Early Assurance Program that guarantees admission for university graduates to the doctor of physical therapy program if they have met specific requirements.

Shaw University in North Carolina Establishes New Emergency Financial Aid Program

Shaw University in North Carolina Establishes New Emergency Financial Aid Program

The university will provide the funds for eligible students facing short-term, nonrecurring financial emergencies. The student must explain why if he or she does not receive the emergency aid, it may result in their having to leave school.

Kentucky State University Awards its First Doctoral Degrees

Kentucky State University Awards its First Doctoral Degrees

Kentucky State University, the historically Black educational institution in Frankfort, recently conferred its first doctoral degrees in the 131-year history of the educational institution. Six students were awarded the doctor of nursing practice degree at the university’s fall commencement.

A New Documentary Film Tells the History of Delaware State University

A New Documentary Film Tells the History of Delaware State University

The film tells the story of the educational institution that started in 1891 with 12 students meeting in an old plantation to the vibrant global university it is today. The project was proposed three years ago by Marilyn Whittingham, executive director of Delaware Humanities.

Albany State University Signs New Agreement With Albany Technical College

Albany State University Signs New Agreement With Albany Technical College

The institutions have cooperated in the past, but this new agreement strengthens the partnership and allows students who complete associate’s degrees at Albany Technical College to expand the number of majors they can consider at Albany State.

Texas Southern University Shows Improvement in Graduation and Persistence Rates

Texas Southern University Shows Improvement in Graduation and Persistence Rates

For the most recent year, 23.4 percent of first-time freshman students earned a bachelor’s degree within six years. This was up from 17.2 percent in the prior year. More than 1,000 bachelor’s degrees were awarded in 2017, up from 913 in 2015.

Fort Valley State University Introduces a New Scholarship Program

Fort Valley State University Introduces a New Scholarship Program

Students selected for the Global Innovators Scholarship program will receive a $40,000 scholarship, awarded as $10,000 each year for four years, to be used toward tuition, room, board, books, and fees for full-time enrollment at the university.

Grambling State University to Establish Louisiana's First Undergraduate Cybersecurity Program

Grambling State University to Establish Louisiana’s First Undergraduate Cybersecurity Program

The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved planning for the establishment of a new bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity at historically Black Grambling State University. It will be the first such program in Louisiana.

Mississippi Valley State University to Debut a New Master's Degree Program in Criminal Justice

Mississippi Valley State University to Debut a New Master’s Degree Program in Criminal Justice

Historically Black Mississippi Valley State University has announced that it will be offering a new master’s degree program in criminal justice. The new program will be offered online. It will be the second online graduate program offered by the university.

Board of Regents Approves University College at Kentucky State

Board of Regents Approves University College at Kentucky State

The new unit’s mission will be to provide a series of programs, services, and curriculum to promote and support the academic success of first-year students at Kentucky State.

Bowie State University Partners With Two Community Colleges for Business Education

Bowie State University Partners With Two Community Colleges for Business Education

With this new partnership, students pursuing associate’s degrees at the two community colleges will be able to take business courses in such fields as banking and finance, information systems, and entrepreneurship leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Accrediting Agency Hands Down Decisions on Four HBCUs

Accrediting Agency Hands Down Decisions on Four HBCUs

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools removed one HBCU from warning status, continued probation status for two HBCUs, and placed another HBCU on probation.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Offers New Degree Program at Satellite Campus

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Offers New Degree Program at Satellite Campus

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff has revived its bachelor’s degree program in regulatory sciences. The degree program will be offered at the university’s satellite campus in North Little Rock. The first students will begin classes in the Spring 2018 semester.

Texas Southern University to Use New Technology to Identify At-Risk Students

Texas Southern University to Use New Technology to Identify At-Risk Students

The technology will be used to create customized models using real-time student data to identify at-risk students. Academic advisors can then use the software to be proactive in assisting students who need special attention.

Two HBCUs Will Participate in the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative

Two HBCUs Will Participate in the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative

The art museums at Clark Atlanta University and Fisk University in Nashville, will receive grants from the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation for programs to foster greater diversify in museum leadership positions.

Fayetteville State University Makes Appointment to an Endowed Chair

Fayetteville State University Makes Appointment to an Endowed Chair

Fayetteville State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, has announced that Ron Carter has been named the Felton J. Capel Professor of Performing and Fine Arts at the university.