HBCUs

IBM Announces a $100 Million Commitment to HBCUs

IBM Announces a $100 Million Commitment to HBCUs

The technology giant IBM has announced the establishment of the quantum education and research initiative for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), aimed at driving a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce.

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 bet HBCU and Howard University in Washington, D.C., was ranked second. This was the same as a year ago. This was the 14th year in a row that Spelman College has topped the U.S. News rankings for HBCUs.

Some HBCUs Are Bucking the Trend in Higher Education Enrollment Declines

Some HBCUs Are Bucking the Trend in Higher Education Enrollment Declines

At a time when many colleges and universities are struggling to maintain enrollments at levels of the past several years, many historically Black colleges and universities are seeing increases in enrollments with some schools achieving all-time records.

Langston University Settles a 2003 Civil Rights Complaint

Langston University Settles a 2003 Civil Rights Complaint

Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences have agreed to pay historically Black Langston University $15 million over 10 years as part of a new agreement.

Some Good News for Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida

Some Good News for Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida

E. LaBrent Chrite, president of Bethune-Cookman University, announced that the university had been removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and that its accreditation remains in place.

North Carolina A&T State University Reports Its Fifth Consecutive Year of Record Enrollments

North Carolina A&T State University Reports Its Fifth Consecutive Year of Record Enrollments

This fall there are 12,754 students enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University, continuing a growth trend that began in 2013, when it became the largest HBCU in the nation. It has held that status now for seven consecutive years.

A Major Booster Shot of Funds for HBCU Medical Schools

A Major Booster Shot of Funds for HBCU Medical Schools

Michael Bloomberg, high-tech mogul, former mayor of New York City, and a Democratic candidate for president in 2020, has pledged to donate $100 million over the next four years to the nation’s four historically Black medical schools.

Enrollments at Florida A&M University Not as Low as Had Been Predicted

Enrollments at Florida A&M University Not as Low as Had Been Predicted

There are nearly 9,000 students enrolled this fall, a decrease of only 6.7 percent from a year ago. The drop is largely the result of a decrease in the number of first-year students on campus. This fall, 1,036 freshmen are enrolled, compared to 1,362 a year ago.

Virginia State University Offering a New Course on HBCU History

Virginia State University Offering a New Course on HBCU History

Virginia State University is now offering what could be the nation’s first higher education course in the history of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This is the first semester that the course is being offered. It quickly filled to capacity.

New Academic Partnership Aims to Increase Diversity in the Field of Veterinary Medicine

New Academic Partnership Aims to Increase Diversity in the Field of Veterinary Medicine

Historically Black Tennessee State University has partnered with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine to help agriculture students at Tennessee State transition to veterinary school once they complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Elizabeth City State University Shows Significant Enrollment Increases

Elizabeth City State University Shows Significant Enrollment Increases

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities are struggling to maintain enrollments at levels that existed a year or two ago. But Elizabeth City State University, a historically Black educational institution in North Carolina is bucking the trend.

Claflin University Receives Approval to Launch a Master's Degree Program in Nursing

Claflin University Receives Approval to Launch a Master’s Degree Program in Nursing

When the new program begins in the fall of 2021, Claflin will be the only historically Black college or university in the state of South Carolina to offer a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. All classes will be offered online except for on-site clinical training that will be required each semester.

Morehouse College to Lead the HBCU Undergraduate Success Research Center

Morehouse College to Lead the HBCU Undergraduate Success Research Center

The new center will study impactful STEM initiatives at 50 HBCUs, and produce data and a set of best practices that can be duplicated on a national scale to help mainstream state institutions and other liberal arts colleges graduate more minority STEM majors.

Legislation Seeks to Enhance the Reach of Historically Black Medical Schools

Legislation Seeks to Enhance the Reach of Historically Black Medical Schools

The legislation would encourage recruiting, enrolling, and retaining Black students in medical schools and help fund programs for schools that mostly serve students from marginalized backgrounds, including the nation’s four historically Black medical schools.

Texas Southern University Report Examines Racial Injustice in the Pandemic Era

Texas Southern University Report Examines Racial Injustice in the Pandemic Era

The Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University in Houston and the Black Public Defender Association recently released a report detailing why public health responses and strategies to address COVID-19 must be centered around race and the criminal legal system.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to Offer New Master's Degree Program in Educational Leadership

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to Offer New Master’s Degree Program in Educational Leadership

The new master’s degree program is designed for teachers who seek a career in educational administration. Prospective students may enter the master’s degree program upon completion of teacher certification requirements and three years of teaching or relevant experience.

Grambling State University Creates New Center to Study Race and Sports

Grambling State University Creates New Center to Study Race and Sports

The Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sport at Grambling State University in Louisiana will serve as an academic hub for understanding how the intersection of professional sports, politics, and race can be used to progress social justice among other key objectives.

Hampton University Goes to Court to Try and Save Its Pharmacy Doctoral Program

Hampton University Goes to Court to Try and Save Its Pharmacy Doctoral Program

The university’s lawsuit claims that the decision to revoke the accreditation of the pharmacy doctoral program resulted from a process that “can only be described as a bizarrely contradictory and Kafkaesque bureaucratic process rife with bias and revenge.”

Morgan State University Will Be Part of the African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative

Morgan State University Will Be Part of the African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative

The African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative aims to establish a road map to help close the gap in health disparities and ensure that genomic research and neuroscience studies are representative of individuals across all populations, including those with African ancestry.

New Scholarship Program to Benefit Students at HBCUs Studying Finance

New Scholarship Program to Benefit Students at HBCUs Studying Finance

The American College of Financial Services has committed to awarding at least 25 scholarships to African Americans with 15 dedicated to students from historically Black colleges and universities. The goal of the program is to increase the racial diversity of the financial services workforce.

Grambling State University Enters Partnership to Provide Four New Certificate Programs

Grambling State University Enters Partnership to Provide Four New Certificate Programs

Historically Black Grambling State University in Louisiana has entered into a partnership to offer four new certificate programs: Gold Certified Personal Trainer Certification; Fitness Management Certification; Lifestyle Wellness Coaching Certification; and Senior Fitness Specialist Certification.

Six HBCUs Receive Major Donations From Wife of Amazon Founder

Six HBCUs Receive Major Donations From Wife of Amazon Founder

MacKenzie Scott donated $40 million to Howard University and $30 million to Hampton University. Tuskegee University, Xavier University in New Orleans, and Morehouse College each received $20 million. Spelman College, the United Negro College Fund, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund also received donations.

Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, to Offer Two New Bachelor's Degree Programs

Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, to Offer Two New Bachelor’s Degree Programs

The new bachelor’s degree program in business administration is geared toward working professionals. The new bachelor’s degree in psychology will provide practical, hands-on training to students who will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice and prepare them for mental health professions.

Florida A&M University Enters Partnreship With a College of Applied Sciences in Ghana

Florida A&M University Enters Partnreship With a College of Applied Sciences in Ghana

Historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee has entered into a partnership with the Regentropfen College of Applied Sciences in Ghana. Six students from Ghana will study agriculture, computer science, and education at Florida A&M University for the 2020-21 academic year.

Howard University to Digitally Preserve Archives of Black Dance

Howard University to Digitally Preserve Archives of Black Dance

The material in the collection includes panel discussions, lectures, master classes, demonstrations, and performances that showcase the work of regional, national and international companies, and provides an inclusive depiction of the rich legacy of the Black dance experience.

Tougaloo College Students Get New Opportunity for Careers in Public Health

Tougaloo College Students Get New Opportunity for Careers in Public Health

Leaders from the Brown University School of Public Health and Tougaloo College, a historically black college in Mississippi, are joining forces on a new initiative to make the next generation of public health professionals more reflective of America’s increasingly diverse population.

Albany State University Enters Partnership With Columbus Technical College

Albany State University Enters Partnership With Columbus Technical College

Columbus Technical College students who have completed their associate degree in nursing will be able to transfer seamlessly to the bachelor’s degree in nursing program at Albany State University. The agreement also will provide for transfers for students in 20 or more business-related degree programs.

Apple Boosts Its Partnership With the HBCU Community

Apple Boosts Its Partnership With the HBCU Community

Launched last year, Appleʼs Community Education Initiative now extends to 24 locations across the United States — 12 of which are HBCUs and 21 of which predominately serve majority Black and Brown students.

Fort Valley State University Debuts Two New Degree Programs in School Counselor Education

Fort Valley State University Debuts Two New Degree Programs in School Counselor Education

The master’s degree program in school counselor education online launched this summer. The next cohort will begin in the summer of 2021. An educational specialist degree program with a major in school counselor education will be offered online this fall.

Edward Waters College Aims to Transition to University Status

Edward Waters College Aims to Transition to University Status

New state funding has emboldened the institution to add new bachelor’s degree programs and it first master’s degree program. The goal for the college is ultimately to become a university with the creation of its first graduate-level program, a master’s degree in business administration.

Delaware State University Announces Plan to Acquire Wesley College

Delaware State University Announces Plan to Acquire Wesley College

Delaware State University has announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. According to Delaware State, no historically Black college or university has ever before acquired a non-HBCU educational institution. The acquisition is expected to be completed by June 30, 2021.

North Carolina A&T State University to Offer a Master's Degree in Health Psychology

North Carolina A&T State University to Offer a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology

The first students are expected to enroll in the program in the fall of 2021. The new degree program will have an initial cohort of about 15 students with plans to grow enrollment to an average of 35 to 45 students over the next few years.

Claflin University Enters Into a Partnership With Zoom Video

Claflin University Enters Into a Partnership With Zoom Video

Claflin University, a historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has announced it has entered into a partnership with Zoom Video that encompasses internships, scholarships and curricula development.

Analysis Finds That Howard University Is the Only HBCU That Is Tapping the Bond Market

Analysis Finds That Howard University Is the Only HBCU That Is Tapping the Bond Market

According to data compiled by Pensions & Investments, Howard University is the only historically Black college or university to tap the bond market this year. Howard raised $147 million earlier this year and recently announced plans for more than $200 million in debt.

Meharry Medical College and the University of Pennsylvania to Launch New MD/Ph.D. Program

Meharry Medical College and the University of Pennsylvania to Launch New MD/Ph.D. Program

The joint MD/PhD program will further both institutions’ efforts to bolster minority influence in healthcare and increase participation by members of underrepresented communities in health research. The program is expected to launch in 2021.

Howard University Teams Up With Columbia Uinversity to Explore the Issue of Reparations

Howard University Teams Up With Columbia Uinversity to Explore the Issue of Reparations

The U.S. African American Redress Network aims to better understand how communities are addressing historic racial transgressions. It also expects to increase awareness of redress efforts across different regions and fields such as activism, academia, and policy-making.