HBCUs

Florida Memorial University Cuts 18 Academic Programs, Reduces Salaries

Florida Memorial University Cuts 18 Academic Programs, Reduces Salaries

This past July, historically Black Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens was placed on “probation for good cause” by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university has now taken a number of steps to comply with the accreditor’s concerns.

Xavier University of Louisiana Establishes a 3+3 Year Degree Program to a Juris Doctorate

Xavier University of Louisiana Establishes a 3+3 Year Degree Program to a Juris Doctorate

Xavier University students will have the opportunity to be directly admitted into the CWRU Law School after completing three years of undergraduate study. Once admitted, the CWRU Law School JD program can be completed in three years.

Howard University Expands its Partnership With Alto Pharmacy

Howard University Expands its Partnership With Alto Pharmacy

Under the new agreement, Alto Pharmacy will sponsor five scholarships for pharmacy students in each of the next three years. This expands on the paid internship program Alto Pharmacy has had with Howard University.

Kirkland & Ellis Donates Its Fees Awarded in the Maryland Higher Education Desegegation Case

Kirkland & Ellis Donates Its Fees Awarded in the Maryland Higher Education Desegegation Case

Kirkland & Ellis is entitled to fees of $12.5 million from the settlement of the longstanding case allocating $577 million over the next 10 years to four historically Black universities in the state of Maryland. But the law has announced that it will donate the fees to seven organizations.

Grambling State University to Partner With the Environmental Protection Agency

Grambling State University to Partner With the Environmental Protection Agency

Under the agreement, the two entities will collaborate in preparing students to enter and compete in the federal workforce. The Environmental Protection Agency will offer expertise to review and enhance Grambling’s curriculum and students and faculty will participate in research efforts to promote environmental awareness.

Xavier University Creates New Degree Program in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering

Xavier University Creates New Degree Program in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering

The curriculum is designed for students interested in applying intelligent systems to improve the quality and performance of technology and products. The university states that the program, which will launch in the spring 2022 semester, is the first of its kind at a historically Black university.

Good News! Accrediting Agency Moves Wilberforce University Off of Probation Status

Good News! Accrediting Agency Moves Wilberforce University Off of Probation Status

The university was placed on probation in June 2018 when it was determined to be out of compliance with Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and was granted an extension based on the accrediting agency’s temporary emergency COVID-19 policy.

Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia Signs Two New Partnership Agreements

Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia Signs Two New Partnership Agreements

Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia has entered into an agreement with Augusta Technical College to allow for an easy transition to Savannah State. The university also has established a dual degree program with the South University School of Pharmacy.

Delaware State University to Open an Early Childhood Innovation Center on Campus

Delaware State University to Open an Early Childhood Innovation Center on Campus

In partnership with the state Department of Education and Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware State University will use $30.6 million in state funding to support the construction and launch of the Early Childhood Innovation Center, invest in Delaware’s childcare workforce, and expand access to affordable childcare for Delaware families in need.

Case Western Reserve University to Offer Graduate Opportunities to HBCU Students

Case Western Reserve University to Offer Graduate Opportunities to HBCU Students

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is partnering with eight historically black colleges and universities to offer scholarships that cover at least 30 percent of tuition for dozens of the university’s leading graduate programs.

Bowie State University Creates New Programs in Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Bowie State University Creates New Programs in Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Hydroponics is a technique used to grow and produce food crops in a closed-loop system that reduces the use of water resources without the need for chemical fertilizers. Aquaponics is the integrated culture of fish, plants, and beneficial microorganisms grown in a soilless environment.

Morgan State University to Participate in a Major NASA Research Project

Morgan State University to Participate in a Major NASA Research Project

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced the creation of a consortium of higher education institutions and other organizations for the new Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) II center. Historically Black Morgan State University will be a major contributor.

Historically Black Florida A&M University Joins the Peace Crops Prep Program

Historically Black Florida A&M University Joins the Peace Crops Prep Program

The Peace Corps announced it is partnering with 11 more universities in 2021 to provide the Peace Corps Prep certificate program to undergraduate students. Florida A&M University is the only historically Black college or university among the 11 new partnering institutions.

Communications Programs at Tuskegee University and Auburn University Enter Partnership

Communications Programs at Tuskegee University and Auburn University Enter Partnership

Under the agreement, Auburn University and Tuskegee University will offer joint programs in various communication specializations. The association also sets in place a program through which students can earn a bachelor’s degree in communication from Tuskegee and then a master’s degree in communication from Auburn.

Howard University Launches Its Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership

Howard University Launches Its Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership

The center aims to engage in innovative research and programming to advance women and gender issues for students. The center’s mission is to build an interdisciplinary global center of excellence focused on Black women issues, feminist activism, and transformational leadership.

Morgan State University Is Establishing Three Endowed Chairs in STEM Fields

Morgan State University Is Establishing Three Endowed Chairs in STEM Fields

The three endowed professorships are the first in Morgan State University’s 154-year history and will place the university in a strong position to recruit some of the world’s best researchers and academic minds.

North Carolina Central University Launches the Marathon Teaching Institute

North Carolina Central University Launches the Marathon Teaching Institute

North Carolina Central University’s School of Education has introduced a new program to increase minority male representation in education. The Marathon Teaching Institute aims to further assist with developing a more diverse field of top-quality educators.

Cancer Research Funding Renewed at Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University

Cancer Research Funding Renewed at Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University

The partnership was formed in 1999 between Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and historically Black Meharry Medical College. The partnership has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2000. Historically Black Tennessee State University joined the partnership in 2011.

Grambling State University Cancels Classes and Institutes a Curfew After Shooting Incident

Grambling State University Cancels Classes and Institutes a Curfew After Shooting Incident

Historically Black Grambling State University in Louisiana canceled classes for two days and instituted a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. after a shooting incident on campus in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 17. Eight people were shot, one of whom was killed. Only one of the injured was a current student.

Train the Trainer Career Readiness Program to Help HBCU Students Navigate the Job Market

Train the Trainer Career Readiness Program to Help HBCU Students Navigate the Job Market

The Thurgood Marshall College fund is teaming up with Grant Thornton and American Express for a Train the Trainer Program. The two-and-half days of programming will focus on fostering professional preparation skills and resources at eight HBCUs, with a goal of ensuring students can thrive in internships and full-time positions.

Norfolk State University Teams Up With Apple to Upgrade Students' Technology Capabilities

Norfolk State University Teams Up With Apple to Upgrade Students’ Technology Capabilities

The university gave every incoming and returning student an iPad Pro with ultra-fast 5G speeds to access their studies on and off campus, as well as Apple Pencil, Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, and AirPods Pro. When the students graduate from Norfolk State they can buy the devices for a nominal $1 fee.

North Carolina Central University Partners With Wake Technical Community College for Accounting

North Carolina Central University Partners With Wake Technical Community College for Accounting

Under the agreement, students who earn an associate degree in accounting and finance at Wake Technical Community College may now transfer those credits to North Carolina Central University and complete a bachelor’s degree in accounting in two years.

Three HBCUs Join Forces to Examines Best Practices in STEM Program Retention at HBCUs

Three HBCUs Join Forces to Examines Best Practices in STEM Program Retention at HBCUs

The center, known as “STEM-US,” will be housed at Morehouse College. The three HBCUs will share a $9 million award from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant will assist in the ultimate goal of implementing effective interventions that will increase retention across all STEM disciplines and improve graduation rates to above the national average.

Norfolk State University to Offer a New Master's Degree Program in Health Analytics

Norfolk State University to Offer a New Master’s Degree Program in Health Analytics

Historically Black Norfolk State University, in consortium with the Virginia Department of Health and the Hampton Roads Community Health Center, seeks to produce 100 underrepresented minority graduates by December 2024. Health informatics utilizes information technology to improve healthcare outcomes.

Students at 35 HBCUs Can Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships at Suffolk University Law School

Students at 35 HBCUs Can Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships at Suffolk University Law School

The scholarship is named for Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener, who was the first student of color to graduate from Suffolk Law. Originally from Jamaica, Kitchener graduated in 1913. Before being accepted at Suffolk Law, Kitchener was working as a janitor at what is now Simmons University in Boston. After law school, Kitchener continued to work as a janitor until at least 1918.

Saint Augustine's University Enters Partnership With Grand Valley State University in Michigan

Saint Augustine’s University Enters Partnership With Grand Valley State University in Michigan

Saint Augustine’s University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, has signed an agreement with Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, to provide HBCU students opportunities to earn master’s degrees in advanced computing or engineering fields in as little as five years.

The Four HBCU Medical Schools Look to Increase Diversity in Cancer Research

The Four HBCU Medical Schools Look to Increase Diversity in Cancer Research

The American Cancer Society has committed to a $12 million investment to support four HBCU medical schools with institutional development grants to fund a four-year program that aims to increase the pool of minority cancer researchers by identifying talented students and faculty from HBCUs.

Three HBCUs Partner With Penn State to Increase Research Opportunities in Materials Science

Three HBCUs Partner With Penn State to Increase Research Opportunities in Materials Science

North Carolina Central University, Spelman College. and Clark Atlanta University and several other minority-serving educational institutions will participate in a National Science Foundation program called Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM).

Morehouse Launches a Bachelor's Degree Program in Journalism in Sports, Culture, and Social Justice

Morehouse Launches a Bachelor’s Degree Program in Journalism in Sports, Culture, and Social Justice

Morehouse students pursuing the 30-credit hour degree program will take foundational courses in news writing, multimedia and visual storytelling, and mass media law. Students in the new major will have three possible tracks – sports journalism, arts and culture, and social justice journalism.

U.S. News and World Report Offers Its Picks for the Nation's Best HBCUs

U.S. News and World Report Offers Its Picks for the Nation’s Best HBCUs

Spelman College in Atlanta was rated the best HBCU and Howard University in Washington, D.C., was ranked second. This was the same as a year ago. This was the 15th year in a row that Spelman College has topped the U.S. News rankings for HBCUs.

Defense Department Funds HBCU Centers of Excellence in Biotechnology and Materials Science

Defense Department Funds HBCU Centers of Excellence in Biotechnology and Materials Science

After considering proposals from many institutions, the Army Research Laboratory chose to fund the Center for Biotechnology at North Carolina A&T State Univerity in Greensboro and the Center for Advanced Electro-Photonics with 2D Materials at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Cheyney University in Pennsylvania Debuts Its Life Sciences and Technology Hub

Cheyney University in Pennsylvania Debuts Its Life Sciences and Technology Hub

The LSAT Hub at historically Black Cheyney University marks the culmination of efforts to recruit private biological, chemical, and other STEM companies to campus, with an eye toward preparing students for careers through academic programs and research experiences.

Howard University Was a Victim of a Ransomware Cyberattack

Howard University Was a Victim of a Ransomware Cyberattack

On September 3, 2021, the Howard University information technology team detected unusual activity on the university’s network. In order to give its IT team more time to address the issue, the university canceled classes on September 7 and 8, and told all non-essential workers to stay home.

Tuskegee University Partners With Auburn University for Undergraduate STEM Research

Tuskegee University Partners With Auburn University for Undergraduate STEM Research

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has entered into an agreement with Auburn University in Alabama to provide opportunities for Tuskegee students to explore new educational and career paths in research mentorships in STEM fields with Auburn graduate students and faculty.

The Nation's Largest HBCU Continues to Exhibit Impressive Enrollment Growth

The Nation’s Largest HBCU Continues to Exhibit Impressive Enrollment Growth

North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro reports that there are 13,322 students on campus this fall. This is the highest enrollment in the university’s 120-year history. It is also the eighth consecutive year of enrollment increases. A total of 2,930 first-year students are enrolled this fall, an increase of more than 37 percent from a year ago

Operations of HBCUs in New Orleans Disrupted by Hurricane Ida

Operations of HBCUs in New Orleans Disrupted by Hurricane Ida

In 2005, the campuses of historically Black universities in New Orleans were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This week Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana as an even more powerful storm. But the new levee system in the city held firm and flooding was significantly less than was the case 16 years ago. However, the loss of power in the city has again disrupted the operations of HBCUs in the city.