Tag Archive: HBCU

What Are HBCUs Doing To Stay Safe for Re-opening?

August 22, 2020 7:00 pm Published by

Why Re-Opening is Hard for HBCUs in particular.  During this pandemic, Morehouse College, one of the most reputable and well funded HBCUs,   is predicting enrollment will drop 25 percent in the Fall of 2020. This has prompted furloughs, layoffs, and everything in between to manage labor costs. It can be hard to understate the kind of monetary help that HBCUs all across the US needed before the pandemic. So with  COVID-19 slashing enrollment rates, HBCUs are looking to make coming back to school as appealing and safe..   Staying Remote... View Article

20 Pieces of REAL Advice for a College Freshman

June 2, 2019 4:37 pm Published by

From the desk of the Dean…(Updated for the Class of 2023) In a few weeks, summer will end and you will become a college freshman.  You won’t be alone. Thousands of new college freshmen will file onto college campuses and populate college residence halls. Most college students will enter college with tons of advice from parents, teachers and college counselors. With all the advice out there, it is hard for college students to separate the advice that will lead to long term success. If you are a new college freshman... View Article

Tougaloo College – This HBCU Has a Civil Rights Legacy

October 18, 2017 1:48 pm Published by

Every Thursday, we honor the history of institutions designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) through the #TBT hashtag.  For those who don’t know, the #TBT hash tag means “Throw Back Thursday” and on Thursdays, social media lights up with people sharing images of the past. Today our #TBT celebration is all about Tougaloo College  which was established in 1869, in Mississippi and is affectionately known as – “The Loo”.  Their tag line, quite appropriately, is “Where History Meets the Future”. HBCUs, including Tougaloo College, have played a significant... View Article

Career Placement Center on Campus – Can They Help?

June 30, 2017 11:13 am Published by

Although the trend has shifted away from the use of the word “placement” in the names of career offices on college campuses, your college or university may still have an office called “Career Placement Center”. Even if the staff there doesn’t use that name, many students, staff and even faculty on college campuses will often use that term and have the wrong concept of what such an office does. Sometimes college students delay job searches because they perceive that the “career placement center” office will do just that and place... View Article

Five Years Later: Still Trying to Remember Trayvon Martin

May 13, 2017 5:44 pm Published by

On Saturday Trayvon Martin received a posthumous baccalaureate degree in aeronautical science from Florida Memorial University. It’s a strange thing to think about. FMU announced the award via Facebook and said that the degree was to honor Martin’s desire to become a pilot before he was slain in 2012. Trayvon would have been 22 this year; a fact that I’d never thought to consider in the literal sense until now. It’s very easy to think of his story, in a lot of ways, only as the first of many stories like... View Article

Read the Room: Betsy DeVos was Booed at Commencement

May 11, 2017 5:32 pm Published by

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is absolutely no stranger to criticism. But as she delivered her commencement speech to a packed room of graduates and families at Bethune-Cookman University, a Florida HBCU, criticism became a powerful reminder of the tensions between black students and the current White House administration. According to a report from Newsweek, graduates and attendees were openly dissatisfied  — regularly standing with backs turned and shouting “Go Home!” while DeVos was booed. As the university president, Edison O. Jackson, waved his finger at the protesting students, threatening... View Article

The HBCU Collective Meeting Capitol Hill Law Makers

April 28, 2017 12:07 pm Published by

A group of alumni, students, and activists dubbed the “HBCU Collective” took to Washington last Thursday. The HBCU Collective met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to make sure they follow up on President Trump’s promise to increase support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In March, Trump tried to solidify his commitment to HBCU’s with one of the almost 80 executive orders he has issued since taking office. Despite whatever unknown effort the President has put into acting on the order, the HBCU Collective seems unconvinced that the Trump administration will... View Article

Is Your Prospective Employer Getting Diversity Right?

March 30, 2017 6:28 pm Published by

In many ways college is a safe space, a place where the burdens of under-representation for African Americans can be slightly offset by the pedagogical drive to innovate and create new knowledge. This is particularly the case at HBCU’s where students have the room to embark on the path of creating knowledge, developing the skills that they’ll need, but also growing in a space that positively cultivates their Blackness in tandem with its rich history. So for many of these African American students, the idea of exiting post-secondary and entering into... View Article

It’s Official! Paul Quinn Is The First HBCU Work College

March 22, 2017 2:08 pm Published by

After a two-year application process, Paul Quinn College has become the first HBCU to meet the Department of Education’s standards for the “work college” designation. As of Monday morning, Paul Quinn now joins seven other institutions trailblazing this new method for potentially reducing student debt. Unlike traditional work study programs, whose distribution is based solely on the student’s financial needs —since 2015—every student at Paul Quinn, has either a job on campus or with a local business in Dallas, Texas. According to college president Michael Sorrell, due to 80 percent... View Article

Teaching Job Skills Employers Want With Digital Education

March 13, 2017 11:14 am Published by

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has launched a new digital education initiative. The program officially titled “Technology Applications for Professional Success” is funded by Title III grants to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The project started off in a rather unique way that involved students — “updating” the university’s story on Wikipedia. According to Dean of Student Affairs, Marcia Robinson, the goal of the program is to make sure students understand the way that technology and the new economy of information are having “an impact in our everyday lives.”... View Article

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