High Price for Separation of Florida State-FAMU College of Engineering

The Tallahassee Democrat today reports on a new study from the Florida Board of Governors, detailing the high financial and legal costs of establishing separate schools of engineering at Florida A&M University and nearby Florida State University.
[Read more…]

Five-Way Tie for MEAC Football Title, Morgan State Advances to Playoffs

Five teams tied for shares of the 2014 MEAC Conference Football championship, and Morgan State University will represent the conference in the 2014 FCS Playoffs. The Bears will face the Richmond Spiders in Richmond on Nov. 29 at 1:00 p.m.
[Read more…]

LISTEN – Dept of Ed. Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton Talks PLUS Loan on TJMS

Department of Education Deputy Secretary and Morehouse College Alumnus Jim Shelton appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show last week to discuss new rules for Pell Grant and PLUS Loan eligibility. The changes, according to the Department of Education, will enable thousands of families to secure loans for tuition, and will have particular positive impact for students at historically Black colleges and universities.
[Read more…]

Lincoln President Robert Jennings Resigns


The Philadelphia Tribune reports that Lincoln University President Robert Jennings has resigned. University general counsel Valerie Harrison will serve as acting president.
[Read more…]

The Historically Black Life of Marion Barry

Marion Barry

The life of Marion Barry Jr. so eerily parallels the HBCU narrative, so closely resembles the tragedy and triumph of our institutions and culture, that his death almost feels like the precursor to our own culture wake. Forget that Barry, a descendant of Mississippi sharecroppers, catapulted himself to becoming one of the most visible local political figures in American history. Forget that his time as a student at LeMoyne-Owen College and Fisk University forged his identity as an organizer and nationalistic visionary.

It was his time in the gutter, in jail, and the pits of his own existence that make him such a fascinating case study in the Black experience. Even with the modified version of a political comeback in his later years, with his own evils and deficiencies still very much the headline of his own political and personal story arcs, his legacy will be that of helping Black people to accomplish more and live better – much like the HBCUs which helped to birth his remarkable story.
[Read more…]

Criticism of Partnerships Doesn’t Improve HBCU Crisis

The United Negro College Fund is not, and never will be in a position to turn down $25 million. Thurgood Marshall College Fund will not be in a better position to develop college completion and faculty training modules than it currently is with the University of Phoenix.

And for all of the talk about how dangerous certain partnerships are for historically Black colleges and universities, the simple question of “are we better off without them” seems to be escaping the general dialogue on saving these schools.
[Read more…]

AT&T Donates $100K to Texas Southern Urban Academic Village


First-generation college freshmen at Texas Southern University will have greater access to academic and workforce preparation, thanks to a $100,000 grant from telecommunications corporation AT&T.
[Read more…]

New Morgan State Provost Resigned Following No Confidence Vote at Previous Stop

A new executive hiring at Morgan State University is prompting questions this week, and renewing discussion on HBCUs retaining leaders with controversial prior work history.
[Read more…]

After Shooting, FAMU Opens Campus to Florida State Students


Florida A&M University today announced that all campus facilities and services will be made available to students from Florida State University, in the wake of the campus shooting that wounded three students and the death of the shooter, an FSU alumnus.
[Read more…]

WATCH – AUC Students on Alert After Guns, Uniform Stolen from Off-Duty Cops

Students in the Atlanta University Center are raising concerns about safety, after a reported theft of Atlanta and Clark Atlanta University Police-issued service firearms and uniforms from a private vehicle this week. WSB-TV reports:
[Read more…]