Historically Black Colleges Feel the Effects of the Recession

Report: “America’s Public HBCUs: A Four-State Comparison of Institutional Capacity and State Funding Priorities”

Authors: William Casey Boland and Marybeth Gasman

Organization: University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority-Serving Institutions

Summary: Public, historically black colleges in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina have seen at least a doubling in Hispanic enrollments since 2008, while enrollment of white students generally has declined at those institutions.


  • State appropriations to historically black colleges have increased somewhat in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina, but in general the institutions receive less money than predominantly white institutions in their states.
  • Proposals to close or merge academic programs are falling more heavily on historically black colleges in the four states than on majority-serving institutions.

Bottom Line: While every sector of higher education felt the impact of the recent recession, historically black colleges have faced bigger challenges in dealing with the economic downturn.

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