We discuss Orze’s recent piece on famous HBCU alumni and where their children attend college, the CIAA looking for a new host city, and Trump deferring capital financing loans for eight HBCUs.
Eight private historically black institutions have been granted loan deferments for payments owed to the federal government through its capital financing program.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue came to Central State University on April 5 to evangelize about the varied careers in the Agriculture Industry, saying “the future of agriculture is bright.”
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Maryland State Delegate Charles E. Sydnor III discusses his HB 1062, which seeks to support the state’s HBCUs in their legal fight to eliminate illegal program duplication from predominantly white institutions. View the bill here, and submit letters to members of the state’s appropriations committee here.
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The Trump Administration has revealed its 2019 fiscal year budget proposal, which asks for blends a 10 percent total department budget cut and shifted appropriations to comprise a $59.9 billion funding request for the US Department of Education, and more than $640 million going to institutional and aid programs which support historically black colleges and universities and their students.
While we cannot determine which direction immigration policy will take, most can agree that support for new policies will be the responsibility of all Americans. This is particularly vital for colleges and universities, as new laws and programs will change the way campuses think about recruitment, enrollment, marketing, curriculum and outreach as a result of what may come from Capitol Hill.
Fortunately, historically black colleges and universities are well positioned to lead the national conversation on the role of higher education in immigration policy implementation.Immigration touches industry, economics, social justice and American values; areas which all have been positively impacted by HBCUs infusing diversity into the American workforce and conscience.
But HBCUs also boast dozens of strong programs which have become national leaders in fields that are essenital for both border security and comprehensive immigration reform.
As ironic as it may seem that HBCUs have the kind of academic and training infrastructure that can support both demoractic and republican political outcomes on immigration, HBCU leaders should be actively working to showcase these programs to lawmakers who will be scrambling for partnerships to support whatver policies emerge in the effort to avoid a government shutdown.
Fortifying physical borders will require states to mobilize the nation’s leading talent in civil engineering. Schools like North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University and Morgan State University have for years cultivated the nation’s top minority talent in these areas, earning millions in public and private funding to advance curriculum and professional training opportunities.
Border infrastructure also demands for increased human resources in illegal immigration monitoring and response. At the border, this will mean schools like Norfolk State University and Bowie State University must develop pipelines for their top cybersecurity and computer science graduates who can help the nation to create technical systems to prevent illegal entry at low costs and low impact to the environment.
Beyond the border, this will require institutions like Texas Southern University and Florida A&M University, both of which feature colleges of law and public policy, to develop the legal advocates and analysts who will interpret and enforce immigration law – and the diplomats who will work with foreign nations to discourage illegal immigration while promoting international development.
For the United States to enforce its sovereignty while enacting policies which reflect its dignity and compassion for global neighbors, diversity will be a top priority. And this underscores the the other side of the immigration discussion; expanded opportunities for naturalization and citizenship.
Opportunities in these areas will require expertise in secondary education and social work; fields in which schools like Fayetteville State University, Winston-Salem State University and Southern University specialize. Workforce development pipelines in agriculture, tourism and public health will find particular strength at schools like Fort Valley State University, Virginia State University and Central State University, which have demonstrated unique capacity to serve students from hundreds of nations around the world.
HBCUs offer the United States a strong foundation for immigration reform, whether it is built upon merit-based naturalization or through broader visa programming. Our campuses offer welcoming, rigorous environments in which students from all backgrounds and nationalities can learn while being encouraged, and can emerge as credentialed professionals ready to support our national interests.
Politics aside, HBCUs can be good partners to the federal government’s new view of global citizenship on American shores. And that’s a great political place for HBCUs to live.
While leaders in the HBCU community are questioning the silence from the White House on direct support for black campuses, students and institutions will face will face considerable changes under new tax and higher education laws.
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Members of the federal Congressional Black Caucus presented a comprehensive list of budget considerations and policy recommendations to President Donald Trump, just hours before he and members of his executive cabinet met with more than 80 presidents and chancellors of historically black colleges and universities.
The letter, signed by CBC Chairman and Morehouse College graduate Rep. Cedric Richmond, commended President Trump for sharing growing interest from Republican members of Congress in black colleges, and charged him with taking seriously the opportunity to support the institutions.
“As the President of the United States, your actions speak loud and clear, your budget reflects your values, and federal agencies follow your guidance. So, you have an opportunity to create positive change that will have generational effects if you follow the talk at the table with action from your Administration,” said Rep. Richmond. “Things like increasing the maximum Pell Grant award, and doubling the funding for Pell Grants, doubling Title III funding, or providing two years of tuition-free education at HBCUs would all have incredible, positive effects and show that you are serious about living up to your promise to be a president for all Americans.”
The letter provided a list of CBC-sponsored legislation with HBCU capacity-building objectives, including passed bills on the preservation of historic buildings on black college campuses and capital financing improvement.
The meeting between President Trump and the HBCU presidents captured national attention and drew widespread scrutiny of the new executive order signed by the president during the two-day meeting between the campus leaders and federal elected officials.
Members of the Ohio House of Representatives commended Central State University for 130 years of academic excellence and recognized President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond for her positive impact on the state of Ohio. Joining Representatives Rick Perales of the 73rd District, and Bill Dean of the 74th District were members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) in presenting resolutions lauding the accomplishments of President Jackson-Hammond and the University.
“If you look at her resume, you will find a very detailed and impressive list of accomplishments,” Rep. Perales remarked. “Dr. Jackson-Hammond is the right person for the right time to lead Central State University.”
The resolutions were presented on Jan. 25. Both Ohio Rep. Perales and Ohio Rep. Dean reiterated President Jackson-Hammond’s achievements as the 2016 Female President of the Year among historically black colleges and universities selected by HBCU Digest and one of the Top 100 Women to Watch selected by Bizwomen. The progression of the University and the final push for the University’s federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution were attributed to her bold leadership. Also highlighted was CSU’s national ranking as the fifth most affordable University (for out-of-state students) and curriculum enhancements in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Agriculture (STEM-Ag) education.
“This is indeed an honor for Central State University; 130 years of academic excellence,” President Jackson-Hammond said as she addressed the House of Representatives and visiting CSU administrators. “We really work very hard and diligently not to just be a success for our students, but to be a success for the state of Ohio.”
During his closing remarks Rep. Dean declared, “Today, the University stands as a beacon of opportunity!”
Chicago State University laid off more than 300 people due to lack of funding during the ongoing state budget impasse. The layoffs were announced Friday and effective immediately.
The school has been struggling with budget issues for months. Just last week, state lawmakers approved $20 million in emergency funding, but school officials said was not enough. About 30 percent of the university’s budget comes from the state, and the school serves a predominantly minority, low-income student population.
In February, all of CSU’s 900 employees received notice that layoffs were imminent, and about 10 percent of staff have been laid off since the beginning of 2016. The university has also cut 20 percent of its administrative costs.
Chicago State has been hardest hit by the higher education crisis triggered by the state’s historic budget impasse. It received $20.1 million from the long-stalled emergency funding bill, but the funds were less than 60 percent of the $37 million the South Side school had counted on getting from the state this year.
Citation: ABC 7-Chicago