Morgan State, XULA Receive More Than $40 Million in NIH Research Grants

Morgan State University and Xavier University of Louisiana were among several historically Black colleges and universities to receive research and development funding from the National Institutes of Health, aimed at increasing nationwide diversity in health and medical fields. Many of the HBCUs will work in partnership with the agency, along with other colleges and universities aimed at training future medical practitioners and researchers from underrepresented populations.
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‘Dear White People’ Movement Must Spur Historically Black ‘Welcome Back’ Movement


It’s hard not to notice the growing discontent of our young, Black scholars at predominantly white, Ivy League institutions. At We aren’t comfortable at Harvard. We aren’t comfortable at Michigan. We aren’t comfortable at UCLA. We aren’t comfortable at Alabama.

And these are just the examples of the schools making national headlines for racial animus, with all serving as the backdrop for the film ‘Dear White People;’ a satire that goes to the heart of when neglected and maligned campus identity and culture brings an alleged melting pot to a full boil.

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HBCU Sports and the Culture We Keep

An internal investigation into academic fraud at varying levels at the University of North Carolina reveals that athletes were given paper classes and preferential treatment for the better part of 18 years. It remains to be seen what kind of punishment the NCAA will mete out for the Tar Heels, but the salacious story introduces an interesting discussion on the cross sections of education, business, race and morality – and the Black athletes at the center of it all.

For all of the rhetoric about ineffective leadership, outdated missions and low-resources at HBCUs, there is a guilty pleasure to be had in reading this story of teachers, coaches, boosters, administrators and athletes behaving badly. HBCUs get a lot of things wrong, and usually because the tools and personnel necessary to do things right are hard to come by and nearly impossible to afford.

But what HBCUs typically don’t do, regardless of size, mission, geography or endowment, is cheat and exploit Black athletes, and particularly Black men, out of education.
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Feds Adjust PLUS Loan Eligibility Standards, Questions Linger Over Timing, Reporting

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The Department of Education today announced its plans to adjust terms of eligibility for its PLUS Loan program. According to a release, the new standards will allow borrowers with less than $2,085 of outstanding debt to qualify for the loan programs without being flagged for adverse credit history.
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Ann Walton Kroenke – At $5.1 Billion, World’s Wealthiest HBCU Graduate


HBCU Money today reports on new revelations about unknown wealth in the HBCU community. Ann Walton Kroenke, daughter of Walmart co-founder James Walton and wife of real estate mogul Stan Kroenke, is the world’s wealthiest HBCU graduate with an estimated personal net worth of $5.1 billion.
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Memphis Pakistani Association Endows Scholarship at Lemoyne-Owen


Leadership of the Pakistani Association of Memphis this week joined administrators at LeMoyne-Owen College to endow a scholarship fund at the school. The group contributed $5,000 and pledged continued fundraising for LOC juniors and seniors who maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average.
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Anonymous Donor Gives $2.1 Million to Virginia Union


An anonymous donor donated $2.1 million to Virginia Union University earlier this month, the largest single gift in the university’s history and the final payment settling the $2 million debt for VUU’s Living and Learning Center.
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Hampton Awarded DHHS Grant to Expand Training for Mental Health Counselors


The US Department of Health and Human Services awarded Hampton University a three-year, $986,845 grant to train mental health counselors in the region.
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Howard Education Dean Appointed to Smithsonian Advisory Committee

fenwick2014Howard University School of Education Dean Leslie T. Fenwick was recently appointed to the Scholarly Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian National Museum for African-American History and Culture.
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Synthia Saint James is America’s HBCU ‘Artist-in-Residence’

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What began as a special commissioned work of art for Bennett College President Rosalind Fuse-Hall has turned into a growing call for acclaimed visual artist Synthia Saint James to add her signature style to HBCU presidential inaugurations and institutional history.
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