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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

While Flawed, White House Order on African-American Education Positions HBCUs for Excellence

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

President Barack Obama last week revealed an executive order mandating improved educational access and opportunity for African-Americans.

Beyond Hazing, Problems Continue To Mount At FAMU

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.10.2012 | College

Florida A&M University has some problems, and the Board of Trustees is trying to figure out how repair the state's only public Historically Black Coll...

Black Advocacy Groups Must Push Anti-HBCU Media Coverage to Top of Social Justice Agenda

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.22.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

It's time for black advocacy organizations with built-to-last influence in advancing the Black American agenda to include HBCUs at the top of their priorities, and to increase the call for an immediate end to unbalanced reporting on these institutions.

Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Fraternities And Sororities In Anti-Hazing Campaign

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Alarmed by the recent hazing death of a Florida A&M University band student, a coalition of black fraternities and sororities joined wit...

NCAA Must Act in Good Faith With Increased Academic Support Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 07.30.2012 | Sports
Jarrett L. Carter

The NCAA can be an active participant in changing the landscape of how we view, educate and position for success athletes of the future. It all depends on if athletic inequity is a matter of acknowledgement, or improvement.

For Survival, HBCUs Must Develop Entrepreneurial Focus in Academic Offerings

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 07.29.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs are broke. Students know it, alumni know it, corporations know it and the government knows it. Until now, HBCUs have prepared their students to be leaders in a range of industries. But they haven't yet taught, with consistency, how to own these industries.

White House Outreach to HBCUs is Clear; Will Public Support Follow in 2012?

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 07.17.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

It's clear that the White House acknowledges the value and political clout of the HBCU community. The Obama administration has quietly worked to address some pressing needs of the HBCU community, while stopping short of the president wearing a Hillman College sweatshirt to his weekly press briefings.

Oprah & Jill Biden Announce Commencement Speeches

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.24.2012 | College

Media leader Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, are each speaking to graduates this spring as commencement speakers. ...

Wanted: Stronger Relationships Between Black Churches and Black Colleges

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 05.30.2012 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

Black colleges need Black churches. Through support of Black colleges, Black churches can make change at a much larger level. They can assist with the education of African Americans committed to social justice and positive change throughout the world.

Recycling Historically Black College and University Presidents: A Bad Idea?

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 04.04.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

Strong, innovative leadership is absolutely essential at HBCUs. Reconsidering where leaders come from and cultivating new leadership is necessary and vital to the future of these historic institutions.

Equation for a Hate Crime: How Hazing and Homophobia Could Have Played a Role in FAMU's Robert Champion Jr. Death

Shane L. Windmeyer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Shane L. Windmeyer

Was Champion's death a hazing act that went wrong, or is there something more? What is not being readily discussed in this hazing death is why, in his case, the beating he received was severe enough to kill him.

Robert Champion Death: Hazing or Hate Crime?

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Robert Champion, Jr.'s murder may never be solved. Those who struck the fatal blows may never disclose whether they used the guise of hazing and accidental homicide to cover up an intended hate crime.

Why We Cannot Wait: NBJC Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 03.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

If King were alive today, he would question whether HBCUs are equipped to serve LGBT students who are victims of anti-gay harassment or domestic violence. He would rally young people and administrators to take action before we lose another black life.

Class Conflict Puts HBCU Experience in the Crosshairs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.14.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Historically black colleges and universities will hold a peculiar designation for thousands of African-American high school seniors preparing for graduation in spring 2012. Many of these students will be deprived of the true value of the HBCU experience.

What the Occupy Movement Can Learn from HBCU Students

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

While Occupy Wall Street has been plugging away, HBCU students have been overshadowed in their recent work to continue a strong legacy of organized, disciplined and effective mobilization

Customer Service Hell Up at Howard University

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 12.31.2011 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Howard University must admit to its constituents that its customer service has not lived up to the brand so painstakingly established through years of loyal service of select faculty and staff, and broadened by the excellence of students and alumni.

Black Churches Need a Come-to-Jesus Moment on HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 12.17.2011 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The bond between black churches and historically black colleges and universities has broadly painted the rich history of the Black American experience. Now many HBCUs are losing the support of their affliated churches.

Paul Quinn College Students Proclaim "I Am Not Trash"

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

Upset with the city of Dallas's decision to expand a landfill in the Highland Hills/Paul Quinn College neighborhood, the students at the small, historically Black institution are pushing back.

HBCU vs. PWI -- Choice of a Pop Cultured Generation

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 11.29.2011 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Popular culture, whether driven by intimate influences or external ones, has everything to do with where a black student chooses to go to school. There's no bad choice.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Are Worth Saving

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.22.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

If you haven't been paying much attention to the debate concerning the relevance and effectiveness of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), now is the time to sit up and take notice.

Director John S. Wilson Explains The Purpose Of The White House Initiative On HBCUs

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.14.2011 | College
Marybeth Gasman

In an effort to create greater understanding of HBCUs and the White House Initiative, I recently interviewed John S. Wilson about the state of HBCUs and how the Initiative contributes to these institutions' successes.

Being Fair About Graduation Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.07.2011 | College
Marybeth Gasman

Believe me, I'm concerned about national graduation rates, as well. At 55.5 percent (six-year) nationally, we could be doing a lot better. However, HBCUs get unfair treatment when it comes to discussions of graduation rates, and here is why.

HBCU Blues: America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century

Della Britton | Posted 10.29.2011 | Black Voices
Della Britton

In more recent years, budget cuts, aging buildings and failing infrastructures have undercut the once vital role many HBCUs played in educating and uplifting the Black community.

Burden of Diversity Yields Benefit of Attention for HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.24.2011 | College
Jarrett L. Carter

Put aside the fact that the black experts and leaders are disproportionately HBCU graduates; there is still the hypocrisy of expecting black students to make the choice for diversity when the same expectation is not present for white students.

Why HBCUs Remain Relevant: The Students' Perspective

Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 10.03.2011 | College

There are 105 historically black colleges and universities in the United States, out of nearly 5,000 colleges in total. These schools -- some of which...