HBCUs

Statue of George H.W. Bush on Hampton University Campus Creates Controversy

Statue of George H.W. Bush on Hampton University Campus Creates Controversy

Those who oppose honoring President Bush with a statue on campus noted that the late-President had a history of opposing civil rights, appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and used the racist Willie Horton advertisement during his bid for the White House.

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Authorize HBCU Historic Preservation Program Through 2025

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Authorize HBCU Historic Preservation Program Through 2025

The new bill would authorize funding through the year 2025 for grants to restore buildings and historic sites on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities, as well as improve accessibility on many HBCU campuses.

National Security Agency Designates North Carolina A&T State University as a Featured School

National Security Agency Designates North Carolina A&T State University as a Featured School

North Carolina A&T State University has been a National Center of Excellence for eight years, promoting higher education and research in the critical area of cyber defense. Some 70 alumni of North Carolina A&T are employees of the National Security Agency.

Tennessee State University Partners With FedEx to Bring Back Student Leadership Program

Tennessee State University Partners With FedEx to Bring Back Student Leadership Program

Historically Black Tennessee State University has partnered with FedEx to reinstitute a program that trains and develops students with top leadership skills to help them be more competitive in the workforce.

American Bar Association Defeats Measure That May Have Harmed HBCU Law Schools

American Bar Association Defeats Measure That May Have Harmed HBCU Law Schools

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates recently rejected a resolution that would have required law schools to have a bar passage rate in excess of 75 percent or face the risk of losing accreditation. Law schools at HBCUs tend to have low bar passage rates.

New Entrepreneurship Competition Will Feature Students From 10 HBCUs

New Entrepreneurship Competition Will Feature Students From 10 HBCUs

Five students at 10 HBCUs will form teams that will compete with teams from other HBCUs at a weekend competition in Detroit in March. Students will devise and promote a business plan and compete for two top prizes.

Alabama A&M University Calls for Greater Ties Between Industry and Higher Education

Alabama A&M University Calls for Greater Ties Between Industry and Higher Education

The report suggests that the foundation for this workforce development to be set at grade levels 6-8 and that middle school educators be provided with access to manufacturers and suppliers so that they can receive a better understanding of industry demands.

Canadian Publisher Rates America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Canadian Publisher Rates America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Canadian students interested in HBCUs in the United States could have read the U.S. News & World Report rankings released last September. They are identical to those in the University Magazine article.

Savannah State University to Offer Certificate Program in Virtual Forensic Science

Savannah State University to Offer Certificate Program in Virtual Forensic Science

The program will provide immersive learning experience with the 3D virtual reality crime scene housed at Savannah State University. The coursework will cover procedures necessary for the proper use of 3D technology in criminal investigations.

Tennessee State Upgraded  by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tennessee State Upgraded by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tennessee State University now joins 10 other HBCUs who have the R2 designation. The R2 classification is the second highest classification an institution can receive from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

South Carolina State to Create Pipeline for Technical College Students to Earn Bachelor's Degrees

South Carolina State to Create Pipeline for Technical College Students to Earn Bachelor’s Degrees

Under a new agreement, students from any of the state’s 16 technical colleges who earn their associate’s degree will have access to the South Carolina State University’s bachelor’s degree programs and services.

Simmons College Partners With Local Schools to Produce More Black Teachers

Simmons College Partners With Local Schools to Produce More Black Teachers

The first phase of the new program will allow Simmons graduates to get into the county’s public school classrooms quickly through a 12-week summer boot camp that has been approved by the state.

Morgan State University Designated With a Higher Research Classification

Morgan State University Designated With a Higher Research Classification

Morgan State has established many initiatives to improve the quality of research done on campus including a university-wide effort to increase research and grant projects and to expand the type of research conducted throughout the institution.

The Bowie State University Cybersecurity Academy Kicks Off This Month

The Bowie State University Cybersecurity Academy Kicks Off This Month

The Bowie State University Cybersecurity Academy will provide specialized skills development and practical experience for students to successfully complete examinations for five recognized information technology certifications.

Morgan State University in Baltimore Now Offering Courses in Italian Language

Morgan State University in Baltimore Now Offering Courses in Italian Language

Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, is now offering courses in Italian within its department of world languages. Many of the students taking Italian language courses are music majors.

Winston-Salem State University Joins Initiative to Create Four Research Design Studios

Winston-Salem State University Joins Initiative to Create Four Research Design Studios

Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina has entered into a partnership with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to create four interdisciplinary design studies that will be housed at the Center for Design Innovation of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem.

New Farm Bill Provides a Windfall for Land-Grant HBCUs

New Farm Bill Provides a Windfall for Land-Grant HBCUs

The new farm bill includes $40 million in new funding for scholarships at all land grant HBCUs. Thus each school will receive about $2 million annually for the next five years that will be earmarked for student scholarships.

New Internship Program for Social Work Students at Clark Atlanta University

New Internship Program for Social Work Students at Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University students will receive social work experience with citizens in need of banking and financial information. And the participating student interns will allow the center to help more people.

Kentucky State University Enters Into a Partnership With the University of Kentucky

Kentucky State University Enters Into a Partnership With the University of Kentucky

Under the agreement, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Kentucky State and a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky on an accelerated schedule.

Good News! Two HBCUs Removed From Accreditation Probation

Good News! Two HBCUs Removed From Accreditation Probation

Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, will no longer be on probation after two years under that cloud. The accreditor also removed Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte from probation.

Winston-Salem State University Becomes First Adobe Creative Cloud Campus at a HBCU

Winston-Salem State University Becomes First Adobe Creative Cloud Campus at a HBCU

The software will be available to students, faculty, and staff with a registered university email address. Additionally, Adobe Creative Cloud software will also be implemented into classes to improve digital literacy.

A New Effort to Revitalize Neighborhoods Surrounding HBCUs

A New Effort to Revitalize Neighborhoods Surrounding HBCUs

The HBCU Community Development Action Coalition based in Miami, Florida, has recently partnered with Renaissance Equity Partners of Washington, D.C., to form an Opportunity Fund to foster investment in neighborhoods surrounding historically Black colleges and universities.

Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, at Risk of Losing Its Accreditation

Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, at Risk of Losing Its Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Collegeshas notified historically Black Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, that it will lose its accreditation. The college has appealed the decision and has until February to convince the commission that significant progress has been made.

Morgan State University Announces New Strategic Plan for the Next Five Years

Morgan State University Announces New Strategic Plan for the Next Five Years

The new plan will focus on enhancing student success and experiences; improving Morgan’s infrastructure; enhancing doctoral research university standing; increasing resources; managing student enrollment; expanding community engagement and support; and advancing athletics.

The Only Accredited School of Public Health in Mississippi Is Housed at a HBCU

The Only Accredited School of Public Health in Mississippi Is Housed at a HBCU

The School of Public Health at historically Black Jackson State University is now the only program of its kind in the state of Mississippi to earn accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.

Johns Hopkins Partners With Two HBCUs to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Professions

Johns Hopkins Partners With Two HBCUs to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Professions

Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and Coppin State University have established the Academic Success via Postdoctoral Independence in Research and Education program, an intensive effort that bridges engineering, medicine, and biology for translational research that address challenges related to human health.

Governor of Alabama Announces Creation of the Alabama HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program

Governor of Alabama Announces Creation of the Alabama HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program

The Alabama HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program is a part of Governor Kay Ivey’s “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative which puts an emphasis on apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities.

Morgan State University Sets Up a Food Resource Center to Help Students in Need

Morgan State University Sets Up a Food Resource Center to Help Students in Need

In addition to supplying food, organizers of the new ceter plan to educate members of the campus community about healthy food-related strategies and methods such as meal prepping, familiarity with nutritional value, and proper food selection.

Maryland HBCUs to Benefit From a New Scholarship Honoring a Murdered Black Student

Maryland HBCUs to Benefit From a New Scholarship Honoring a Murdered Black Student

The state of Maryland recently approved a new scholarship program honoring the legacy of slain Bowie State University student, 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III. Police have charged the assailant with a hate crime in the May 2017 incident on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

North Carolina A&T State University Partners With Forsyth Technical Community College

North Carolina A&T State University Partners With Forsyth Technical Community College

The initiative will provide Forsyth Technical Community College students with a seamless transfer transition to complete their undergraduate education at North Carolina AT&T. African Americans make up 23 percent of the student body at the community college.

Elizabeth City State University Offers New Online Master of Education Degree Program

Elizabeth City State University Offers New Online Master of Education Degree Program

The program will be 100 percent online and will offer two concentrations; one for teacher leaders, and another for initial certification. The total tuition will be less than $7,000, making it one of the most affordable online graduate teaching programs in North Carolina.

Elizabeth City State University to Offer a New Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security

Elizabeth City State University to Offer a New Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security

After gaining final approval from its accrediting agency and the Department of Education, Elizabeth City State University will be the first four-year public educational institution in North Carolina to offer a four-year homeland security undergraduate program.

Cheyney University Remains on Probation But Will Retain Accreditation

Cheyney University Remains on Probation But Will Retain Accreditation

Under commission rules, this is the last extension that Cheyney will obtain. It must submit a report to the commission by August showing that it has addressed the commission’s concerns. A final decision on the university’s accreditation status will be made in November 2019.

Knoxville College Offers Classes for the First Time Since 2015

Knoxville College Offers Classes for the First Time Since 2015

Historically Black Knoxville College in Tennessee has reopened for business. But there are no students on campus. The college is only offering classes online.

Lincoln University Expands Partnership With the Environmental Protection Agency

Lincoln University Expands Partnership With the Environmental Protection Agency

The new partnership will support environmental science students, enhance professional development for the Lincoln University’s faculty, provide faculty with technical assistance, enhance Lincoln’s environmental sciences curriculum, promote partnerships with other organizations, and foster community development.

Xavier University of Louisiana Experiences a Surge in Student Enrollments

Xavier University of Louisiana Experiences a Surge in Student Enrollments

The 2018 entering class includes 866 new first-year students and 71 new transfer students, making it the largest entering class since 2010. Total enrollment for Xavier University is now 3,231 students, which is the highest overall enrollment since 2011.