Some of the prevalent themes in the video:
- A lack of student activities
- Concerns about campus crime
- Faculty turnover
- Public perception
The school wasn’t named, but these are similar concerns from students nationwide at historically Black colleges. Sure, a freshman student has much to learn about college culture and structure, and the politics which make culture and structure seem different at HBCUs when compared to other institutions.
But students don’t make decisions to attend or to transfer based upon what they have yet to learn. Their decisions are made according to how they feel. Does the school make them feel good? Are they made to feel that the education is comparable to other institutions? Is school spirit matched across the service, learning and cultural elements of the college or university?
We don’t know if Dominique Ashley made good on her thoughts about transferring, but she speaks for many students who have high hopes for an HBCU experience, and those whom will have no problem leaving the institution, and thoughts about supporting it, far behind.