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12/22/2014 10:28 am ET Updated Feb 18, 2015

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

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 that they serve, as well as the surrounding communities.

1. NIH Awards Morgan State University $23.3 Million Bio-Medical Grant - The Baltimore-based University received a large grant focused on attracting more minority students to the bio-medical fields.

2. Claflin University Set HBCU Alumni Giving Record. The Orangeburg, South Carolina-based HBCU is continually achieving records in its fundraising area. This time the institution has reached a remarkable record in the area of alumni giving - 52.2 % of the institution's alumni are giving back.

3. Paul Quinn College Received $4 Million Gift; the Largest in the School's History - The college intends to build a living learning center to accommodate its growing student population.

4. North Carolina A&T was named the Nation's Largest HBCU - In the past, Florida A&M University held the distinction but this year, North Carolina A&T and its growing academic programs take the lead.

5. Hampton University received $3.5 million First in the World Grant - Hampton University was the only HBCU to be awarded a First in the World Grant, a federal grant program focused on increasing opportunity, lowering colleges costs, and reaching higher attainment levels.

6. Johnson C. Smith became the First HBCU to Admit a Latino Fraternity - Lambda Theta Phi, a Latino Fraternity now has a home at a Black College. With the growing Latino population at HBCUs and other institutions across the nation, we'll probably see this happening more and more often.

7. Alumna Ada Anderson gave $3 Million to Huston-Tillotson; the Largest Gift in the School's History - The gift will create the Sandra Joy Anderson Health and Wellness Center.

8. Howard University Alumni launched the "I Love Howard" Campaign - A group of young alumni, armed with knowledge, started a campaign to raise $20,000 for Howard's endowment.

9. Tennessee State University developed a Potential Breast Cancer Vaccine - Scientists at Tennessee State University are working hard to develop a breast cancer vaccine and the preliminary trials are appear save and favorable.

10. FAMU Law Students achieved Higher Rate on Bar Exam than State Average - Students at FAMU earned a 73.6 percent pass rate while the state average was 71.8.

Please add additional HBCU accomplishments to our list and promote these accomplishments.