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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Black Fortune 500 Executives, HBCU Leaders Meet to Discuss Partnerships

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The Executive Leadership Council recently held its annual winter general membership meetings, with a focus on sustainability and growth for historically black colleges and universities.

Advocating for HBCUs

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Advocacy alone has limited value. Institutions must be led by competent executives and they must produce graduates with a credential that has value in the market place. HBCUs do not deserve support just because of their existence; they deserve the support of their alumni because of what they have done, are doing and are capable of doing.

Why HBCUs Have to Harvest Philanthropy From Pettiness

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Too many of us have not been good to our HBCUs, but time and dwindling resources are moving faster than our own individual maturity. And for the HBCUs which need the support, the time for harvest is now; even from unyielding crops like me.

Flair for the Dramatic Is Necessity for HBCU Development

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

When HBCU leaders decide that they want to break the mold, they have to go so far beyond the norm, that its almost appears like a stunt. But its not a stunt; it truly is what must be done for a campus to gain a foothold in changing public perceptions and attracting more resources.

Howard University Changed My Life

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.22.2016 | College
Frank H. Wu

I taught for a decade at its law school in northwest Washington, D.C., as the first Asian-American law professor there. More than any academic study could have done, my time at Howard illuminated for me the prejudices I held despite myself, and the privileges I'd enjoyed while barely noticing them. I learned more than I taught.

South Carolina State University Stakeholders Must Get on the Right Side of History, Together

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Alumni and students of South Carolina State University have made good on their promise of bringing hell to the state for threatening closure against their institution.

Vote of Closure for SC State: A Warning Shot for the Ages

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

South Carolina State University will find it nearly impossible to recover from Tuesday's vote by the South Carolina House Ways and Means Subcommittee to close the university for one year while all leadership and students are swept out of its doors.

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?

State of the Union Student Invitees Snub HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 03.23.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The optics are no longer important for HBCUs to the Obama Administration; even White House Initiative Deputy Director Ivory Toldson has doubled-down on the "value" of giving more students more money to attend schools other than HBCUs.

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.

Obama's Free College Plan Is Not An 'Attack' On HBCUs

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

Last week, President Obama stirred quite a bit of controversy when he announced a plan to make two years of college free for American students who mai...

HBCU Mergers: A Fight the Nation Can't Afford to Lose

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

After all, merging black colleges has been a popular talking point in the state in recent years, and will only be expedited after this race-neutral exercise in higher education efficiency management.

The Historically Black Life of Marion Barry

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The life of Marion Barry Jr. so eerily parallels the HBCU narrative, so closely resembles the tragedy and triumph of our institutions and culture, that his death almost feels like the precursor to our own culture wake.

'Dear White People' Movement Must Spur HBCU 'Welcome Back' Movement

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

We can no longer allow our children to ask white people over yonder for what we should have been giving them from day one: support and education in their own communities, on our own terms.

A Clarion Call to Black Higher Education

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.

An Open Letter to HBCU Graduates

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.

On HBCUs, White House Moves From Disregard to Dismantling

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Not so long ago, historically black colleges and universities were just a thorn in the side of the Obama administration. We will soon long for those days, because signs of the administrative shift from disregard to attempts at dismantling HBCUs, are growing in frequency and impact seemingly every year.

Six Critical Strategies for Increasing HBCU Retention and Graduation Rates

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

What specifically are the most successful HBCUs doing, or what can they do to increase student retention and graduation? Drawing on a combination of personal education and leadership experiences, observations and research, what follows are a five proven strategies associated with student success.

'Black-ish': Horrible Parody of Black Family Life

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.

Yesterday's HBCU Pride Is Today's HBCU Irrelevance

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Waiting for HBCUs to "do right" or "do better" before giving our support only prolongs the 'do wrong' culture and resentment of the same.

What One Professor Said That Explains The 'Privilege' Problem In Higher Ed

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.08.2014 | College

Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum recently announced she would be stepping down from her position after more than 12 years of leading the...

Dave Jamieson

United Negro College Fund Pilloried Over Koch Money | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest labor unions in the country is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the storied scholarship grou...

The Interesting Life of Southern's Siegfried Coleman

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Siegfried Coleman is a proud 2014 graduate of the Southern University Law Center. Like many HBCU students, he survived late nights and tough assignments while balancing a full-time job and life as a husband and father.

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.

Forest Whitaker Hazing Film Could Bring HBCU Stereotype Threat to Theater Near You

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Some will say that Whitaker's take on HBCU hazing will come from a place of education; from a desire to see young African-American scholars do better in their efforts to build brotherhood and networking through pledging. But education and nurturing have nothing to do with it.