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Marybeth Gasman is a professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an expert on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as issues of race in higher education. Marybeth is the author of 15 books related to these topics, including Envisioning Black Colleges and A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An All Campus Approach.

Entries by Marybeth Gasman

Trump Is Exactly Like My Father, With This One Exception

(32) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 2:34 PM

My father was a racist, a sexist and a xenophobic. When he disagreed with people's opinions, he would hurl insults at them. I remember his racial slurs, insults about people's weight and appearance, and slights about their intellect. He regularly mocked my mother. He made sexist and sexual comments about...

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A Lesson in Donor Cultivation: Morgan State University

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 11:10 PM

Morgan State University recently announced a $5 million gift from retired UPS senior executive Calvin Tyler and his wife Tina. This is one of the largest individual gifts given to an HBCU and the largest individual gift to Morgan State.

What I found most interesting about Tyler's gift is that...

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Black Colleges and the Feeling of Home

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:48 PM

Today, I sat in my office with one of my students - an African American woman. She was tired, somewhat sad, and frustrated with all that is happening on college campuses across the nation. Her feelings led to a conversation about what it's like to pursue higher education as an...

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A Closer Look at the Minority Serving Institution Passport

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 5:11 PM

Co-Authored with Andrés Castro Samayoa and Paola 'Lola' Esmieu. Andrés is Senior Research Associate at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and Lola serves as the Assistant Director for Programs.

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), though only accounting for 3.6 percent of all students, who pursue study abroad,...

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To Educate a Diverse Nation, Topple the Ivory Tower

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 3:24 PM

Co-authored by Clif Conrad, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Visit an American college campus today and you'll see a more diverse student body than ever before. Over the last 30 years, the number of Hispanic students has risen five-fold, Asian and...

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Recovering From Disaster: W. Franklin Evans, South Carolina State University, and a Vision for the Future

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 2:00 PM


South Carolina State University has experienced considerable turmoil in recent months - leadership struggles, financial mismanagement, threats of accreditation loss, and a difficult relationship with the state of South Carolina, but more recently, the longstanding institution has had an increase in enrollment. Curious...

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Rise Up, Education Leaders

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:51 PM

According to Ezra Klein's Vox article, since the brutal murders of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012, there have been "986 mass shootings, with shooters killing at least 1,234 people and wounding 3,565 more."

Many of these murders...

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Dear Mr. Trump

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 10:56 AM

I live in the city of Philadelphia. Over the past weekend, I took a walk in my neighborhood park. As I was walking, I was amazed by the vast diversity of the people I saw. I entered the park and saw two Black Muslim women (in full dress) packing up...

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You Are Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:37 AM

If you think that African Americans and Whites have the same experiences when encountering the police, you are wrong. Wake up!

If you find yourself calling African American youth thugs, while saying that Whites that destroy property are just being kids, you are wrong and your language is racially biased.

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Increased Alumni Giving at Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Case of Morgan State University

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 5:57 PM

In 2010, when David Wilson became president of Morgan State University, the public, historically Black, institution in Maryland had an alumni giving rate similar to most public HBCUs, and in fact, similar to most public, regional institutions -- 6 percent (Gasman & Bowman, 2010). Today, in 2015, Morgan...

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2014 Top 10 Accomplishments on the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Landscape

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 7:59 AM

This post is co-authored by Nelson Bowman III, Executive Director at Prairie View A&M University.

It's that time of year again - time to look back at the accomplishments of HBCUs. We present those that we think will have the most lasting impact on Black colleges, the students...

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Not a Full Picture: Evaluating Tribal College Success Using Mainstream Measures

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 10:21 AM

This post is co-authored with Ginger Stull, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.

On November 26, 2014, an article by Sarah Butrymowicz titled "Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money" appeared in The Hechinger Report. From our perspective,...

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Blaming the Victim From a Position of Power

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Co-authored with Felecia Commodore and Andrés Castro Samayoa

In October 2014 the Obama administration released new rules pertaining to sexual assault on college and university campuses. These rules encourage more transparency in campus judicial processes, enhance survivors' rights, and call for more educational programs pertaining to consent. These...

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Student Success: Words of Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:54 PM

The ways in which colleges and universities support student achievement in colleges and universities are very much contextual -- sensitive to the needs of their students, and hopefully to those from underprivileged backgrounds. On day three of the Salzburg Global Seminar on "Students at the margins and the institutions that...

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Displaced Students and Youth: A Global Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:12 AM

Thai-Huy Nguyen and Marybeth Gasman

Day two of the Salzburg Global Seminar on "Marginalized Students and the Institutions that Serve Them" has just concluded with a panel on displaced students from around the world. Engaged by the panelists, Susana Muñoz (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee),...

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Dear White Folks

(70) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 2:26 PM

At this point you have all seen the news coverage of Michael Brown's death and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Some of you understand why the senseless death of Michael causes fear, anger, and disbelief among African Americans in the country. Many of you have similar emotions. Still others, and...

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New Report Arms Minority Serving Institutions With Relevancy-Focused Data

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 11:31 AM

This post was co-authored with Thai-Huy Nguyen.

A recent report published by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) on three Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving...

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Do States Really Care About Equity in Higher Education?

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 10:47 AM

This post is co-authored with Thai-Huy Ngugen, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and research assistant at the Pen.

Last week, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania released a new report -- "Renewing the Promise: State...

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Hidden Treasures: The Colleges and Universities That Are Finally Being Noticed

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:58 PM

As our nation begins to reexamine its social structure -- one, that for so long has been perceived to reward merit and hard work, but in actuality reproduces social class inequities and prevents minority groups from upward mobility -- a vision for a new educational landscape must include MSIs. Research...

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Five Myths About Minority Serving Institutions

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 4:27 PM

A Minority Serving Institution (MSI) is a college or university dedicated to educating students of color. The name itself is an umbrella term for a wide variety of institutions that emerged in response to a long history of inequity at predominantly white colleges and universities.

Misconceptions about MSIs abound....

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