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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

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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Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Accomplishments in 2013

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:07 PM

This post is co-authored with Nelson Bowman III, Executive Director of Development at Prairie View A&E University.

Each year we search the nation for the very best of what is happening at HBCUs. This year we found some terrific successes including significant philanthropic contributions, great new programs, and legal and...

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Where Are the Black Men at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Co-authored by Heather Collins, a master's student in the higher education program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Julia Craven of the Daily Tarheel published an article on October 14 noting that only 98 black undergraduate men were enrolled in the class of 2017 at the University of North...

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Meeting the Needs of LGBT Students: Fayetteville State University is a Role Model

(6) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:50 PM

As more and more students enter college identifying with the LGBT community, colleges and universities must adapt effectively to support their needs. With changing student demographics, it is essential that institutions of higher education proactively evaluate policies to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all students. Fayetteville State...

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Are Colleges and Universities Ready for a Sea Change in Their Alumni? They Better Be!

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:03 PM


By 2050, there will be more people of color (54.8 percent) than Whites (45.2 percent) in the United States. Based on the nation's shifting demographics, we are already seeing major changes on college campuses in terms of students and alumni. Between...

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Nelson Mandela: A Source of Inspiration in Volatile Times

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 6:46 PM

Nelson Mandela is ill and on life support. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act yesterday. The day before, the very same Court chopped away at the Voting Rights Act. And the day before, that Court upheld affirmative action (in part) in college admissions, but punted its...

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Mother Professor/Professor Mother

(10) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Lately, I've notice a number of books and articles about women in the work place. I'm sure you've seen them: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" (The Atlantic), Lean In and Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower. All of these publications are important and interesting,...

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Walking in Another's Shoes: Paul Quinn College, Food Deserts and an Alternative Spring Break

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:15 PM

For those who follow Black colleges and the happenings at these institutions, you are probably familiar with Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. This small college has garnered an immense amount of media buzz due to the innovative thinking and actions of its president and students. For example, President Michael...

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Great Books, Black College Style

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Last week, I visited Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), which is located about an hour outside of Houston in Prairie View, Texas -- a rural area with ample farmland. The historically Black university is part of the Texas A&M System. During the visit, I had the pleasure of listening to...

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