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Flames of Protest Should Spark Fire for HBCU Advocacy, Productivity

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs offer opportunity where none typically exists for students and families seeking higher education. If black institutions don't matter, it won't be long before the black lives they were designed to serve also fall into the abyss of perceived irrelevance.

The Enduring Relevance of HBCUs in America

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 03.23.2015 | College
Herron Keyon Gaston

The question that must be asked is can HBCUs fiscally manage in these turbulent and uncertain times and still remain relevant as many state legislatures have continued to decrease funding to institutions of higher education?

Why the U.S. College Landscape Still Needs HBCUs

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It's no secret that Black and other non-white students in the U.S. have always faced an uphill struggle when it comes to education. Even today, the achievement gap between white students and their peers of color is wide.

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

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

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 that they serve, as well as the surrounding communities.

Black Colleges: Stop Discriminating Against LGBT

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.

Black Colleges Must Change to Survive, Thrive

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2014 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The debate around the relevancy of historically black colleges (HBCUs) is at least as old as the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that "separate but equal" educational systems are inherently unequal.

Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United...

Koch Brothers' UNCF Gift Is Worst Symptom of HBCU Financial Crisis

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

One of the nation's richest and most influential companies with political leanings that weigh heavily against the mission and the culture of historically Black colleges and universities, is one of the largest benefactors to our most vulnerable institutions.

For Black America, the Only Jobs That Await Are Jobs HBCUs Help to Create

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

There is no hope for an institution that doesn't show faith in its own products, especially in an economic climate where very few beyond the campus gates value emerging Black professional talent.

From Morehouse to Berkeley and Back: Difficult Decisions for Black Students

Marcus Lee | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Marcus Lee

If we assume our own inherent potential and value as students and remain critical, we can begin to see the challenges that seek to obstruct us more vividly, call them out more pointedly, and work together across institutions to create change more triumphantly.

Grambling University Football Boycott: Canary in a Coal Mine

William H. Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

The Grambling challenge is really about much more than this single incident involving a stellar black college sports team. It's about the collective cultural and social acceptability and the economic sustainability of black colleges in a so-called post-racial America.

Advancing the Cause of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 08.04.2013 | College
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

As an HBCU alumnus and the former chancellor of North Carolina Central University, America's oldest public liberal arts HBCU, I commend my colleague, Dr. Marybeth Gasman, for establishing the Center for Minority Serving Institutions in the School of Education at UPenn.

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

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

For those who follow Black colleges and the happenings at these institutions, you are probably familiar with Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. This...

Obama To Speak At Morehouse College Commencement

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 02.17.2013 | Black Voices

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A White House official says President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at all-male Morehouse College in Atla...

How to Prevent Another Newtown Massacre: Look to HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 03.08.2013 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Newtown, Tucson, Blacksburg and other communities where gun violence has claimed innocent lives have recently advanced the national discussion on how to curb gun violence, but black colleges have long been the unseen advocacy institutions working to end the same blight.

Top 10 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Successes of 2012

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 03.01.2013 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

In honor of the New Year, we thought we generated this list of the top 10 HBCU successes of the past year. There have been many successes, but these stand out in terms of innovation, boldness, and impact.

Diversity At HBCUs: Which School Is Leading The Charge?

Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices

By Jarrett L. Carter, HBCU Digest "Wobble Baby" blared from the speakers, moments after the university formally announced that the long-departed So...

Broken Legacy: Why Some Black College Alumnae Are Opting Not To Send Their Own Kids To HBCUs

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

By Jarrett L. Carter, HBCU Digest The mid-1990s ushered in a cultural renaissance for historically black colleges and universities. “A Different ...

Black College Football is Dying, and the Bands Will Play On

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Until a majority of HBCU executives learn to balance the promotion of marching band culture within the larger context of athletic success, Saturday's sweet music will soon evolve into a brass band funeral dirge for many of our proud sports programs.

Government Awards $228M In Grants To Black Colleges

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 09.18.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The Education Department is awarding $228 million in grants to historically black colleges and universities. The five-year grants will ...

Student-driven, Student-led Giving: Prairie View A&M University Steps Out in Front

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

Teaching students about giving and why fundraising is important to the success of a university have become the norm -- but talking to students about philanthropy has not been the norm at most HBCUs.However, this situation is changing.

Attracting the Best and Brightest: HBCU Honors Programs

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.14.2012 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

There is a lack of empirical research on high-achieving students at HBCUs, especially those that participate in honors programs. This lack of research creates a false understanding of the contributions of Black colleges...

Fighting for the Future of Black Men: Southern University's Role

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

With regard to Black men in America, their success is our success as a nation. The majority, and in fact everyone, should start paying attention to their potential and ensuring their success.

Choosing to Attend a Historically Black College or University (or Not): An Interview

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 09.27.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

College student choice is even more complicated for African American students, who often feel conflicted due to the impact that their choice has on others -- those in black communities and in their own families.

Which Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Will Survive and Why?

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 08.26.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

This past week, I gave a talk at the North Carolina Minority Economic Development Institute and I was asked to answer the following question: "Which HBCUs will survive and why?" Here is my response: