Tag Archives: HBCUs


‘Students Speak’ About Their Experiences at HBCU’s

This past week, the United Negro College Fund’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute released a new report entitled “Students Speak! Understanding the Value of HBCUs From Student Perspectives.” The report examines the reasons why current students chose to attend HBCU’s, and what they valued most about their experiences while in attendance. Below I summarize the report’s findings and offer my own perspectives on these findings.

Students attended HBCUs because:

• They felt a “strong des…


Telling a Better Story about HBCU’s

Last week I attend a day full of events at the National Press Club in Washington. The National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO), an advocacy group for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), sponsored the day. The day focused on refuting negative perceptions of HBCUs, the ranking of HBCUs by U.S. News and World Report (I moderated that session), and HBCUs’ relationships with the media. As with any conference on HBCUs…


Viewing SUNO and UNO From Multiple Perspectives

This week the Louisiana board of regents voted 9-6 in favor of consolidating the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to create a new University of Greater New Orleans with two separate academic units. The units would have separate accreditation, admission standards, and faculty governance. The regents’ decision will need to receive two-thirds legislative approval in order to move forward. Regardless of its tentative nature, many people in New Orleans a…


Trashing Historically Black Colleges and Universities

They are at it again and just in time to close out Black History Month. This time it’s David Leonhardt, writing in The New York Times. Last time it was Jason Riley writing in The Wall Street Journal. Neither of these writers is familiar with the large amount of empirical research on HBCUs, yet they both feel compelled to trash these institutions in prominent newspapers—papers that carry value with funders and policy makers.

Riley relied mainly on nearly 40-year-old research by Christopher Jencks…


The Educational Effectiveness of HBCU’s

This past week, the United States Commission on Civil Rights released a report on the educational effectiveness of HBCU’s. Although the data from the report is a few years old, there is much to be learned from and confirmed by the Commission’s findings.

Relying on expert testimony from leading researchers, policy analysts, and national leaders, the Commission found the following:

• Although HBCU students tend to have lower SAT scores and high-school grades than their African-American counterpa…


Moving Past ‘Doing More With Less’

Anyone who works at an HBCU, attended an HBCU, or does research related to HBCU’s has heard the phrase, “HBCU’s do more with less.” In many ways, this phrase builds internal strength. It is a constant reminder to students, faculty, and administrators who work tirelessly that even though there are fewer resources, HBCU’s do an admirable job of educating students and preparing them for future careers and study. HBCU’s add value to their students.

A few years ago, I was at a meeting with Johnnetta …


Bolstering African-American Success in the STEM Fields

This past week, I attended and presented at a symposium entitled “Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans and the Pipeline to the Professoriate: An Evidence-based Examination of STEM Fields.” The symposium was co-hosted by William Tate of Washington University in St. Louis and Henry Frierson of the University of Florida. The event brought together some diverse and interesting people to talk about the challenges and successes of African Americans in the STEM fields. There were s…