Colleges and universities are looking for ways to offer students cheaper education and training that will get them hired in jobs which won’t be easily outsourced by technological innovation. Providing clean water to cities and communities is one of those jobs, and Dillard University will be the first in Louisiana and among the first in the HBCU sector to offer training in this globally significant industry.
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Joseph Moses, a long-serving head coach for Xavier University of Lousiana’s cross country and track and field programs, has resigned after 13 years.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has removed accreditation warning statuses from Fort Valley State University and Southern University, affirming full status for both institutions.
Grambling State and head football coach Broderick Fobbs have reached a contract extension agreement for a new four-year, $1.28 million deal.
His current contract running out at the end of the 2018 season, the four-year agreement keeps Fobbs the coach at his alma mater until Dec. 31, 2022 at an annual base salary rate of $198,000 and includes numerous annual auxiliary incentives that could accrue an extra $87,500.
The University’s certified enrollment report showed 1,527 students enrolled, up from 1,391 students at the close of certification the previous year.
We talk about the HBCU grad jobs report, why alumni aren’t more politically active for HBCU interests, and our thoughts on HBCU-Fessions.
Charitable giving and grantmaking to historically black colleges and universities increased for the third consecutive year in 2016, while enrollment declines which had annually exceeded more than 10,000 students for several years were just over 1,000 for the second straight year.
Data released by the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows that HBCUs received more than $320 million in private gifts and grants during the 2015-16 academic year, the highest amount of non-public funding coming to the sector since grossing $351.5 million in 2012.
The increase represents just .78% of the record $41 billion given to higher education in 2016, but represents a 20% increase in black college philanthropy over the last two years; a stark contrast to the 24% drop in HBCU giving between 2012 and 2014.
Private Gifts & Grants to HBCUs
2012 – $351.5 million
2013 – $304.7 million
2014 – $265.2 million
2015 – $316.8 million
2016 – $320.5 million
HBCU sector total enrollment declined for the fifth consecutive year since an all-time high of more than 326,000 students in 2010. Attrition numbers increased slightly from 2016, with HBCUs losing a total of 1,305 students in comparison to 928 students a year ago.
But the losses continue a trend of HBCUs moving towards enrollment sustainability, after withstanding annual enrollment declines of more than 9,000 between 2011 and 2014.
Total HBCU Enrollment
2012 – 312,438
2013 – 303,167
2014 – 294,316
2015 – 293,388
2016 – 292,083
Earlier this month, alumni at Texas Southern University and Howard University gave in excess of $1 million gifts in individual and collective donations to the institutions. Last fall, Southern University’s Human Jukebox inked a $1 million sponsorship deal with a local fast food chain, earning philanthropic support for band scholarships, equipment and the Jaguars’ athletic program.
A big part of how universities of all sizes and missions will survive over the next 20 years will be determined by how closely their degree programs align with stable and emerging industries. Data USA compiles statistics from federal education and census resources into a visual analytics blender to create a literal picture of what this alignment looks like for schools, cities, and states.
Here’s the industrial outlook of the United States.
And here’s a view of the jobs most commonly held by graduates from the largest HBCUs with a total enrollment of 5,000 or more students, broken down by each institution’s top five most popular degree programs.
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY
MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
The majority of HBCU students are earning degrees which fall within the nation’s largest industrial sector of health and human services. Popular majors of education, social work, psychology, communications, biology, and engineering lead to jobs in teaching, mid-level management, mental or physical health sciences.
But this list is largely comprised of public institutions with broader admission pathways. How does it shape out for graduates of more selective HBCUs? Here are the job reports on the HBCUs with acceptance rates below 40%.
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY
FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
PAUL QUINN COLLEGE
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AT NEW ORLEANS
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
Trends from this list show that degrees lead to more specialized careers in high-earning industries of law, healthcare and financial services. Even schools which have drawn negative attention for low-enrollment show that a preponderance of their graduates, according to census tracking, are working in fields that nationwide offer a high-probability of landing a job and forging a career.
HBCUs are doing a solid job of offering and awarding degrees in areas that are essential to the stability of the nation’s economy, even in regions and on campuses where such success
Southern University will welcome an 11-year-old academic prodigy among its student ranks this fall as Elijah Preccieley, a scholastic standout from Baton Rouge, will become a third-generation Jaguar.
His talent and prospects of it being refined at Louisiana’s flagship HBCU are not strange bedfellows. Preccieley isn’t the first genius to bleed blue and gold, and the Baton Rouge flagship campus is singularly responsible for much of the region’s black talent in education, criminal justice and scientific research.
But Preccieley’s commitment almost seems countercultural to the Southern University we’ve come to know over the last two years, a campus which has become embroiled in scandals of sexual misconduct, executive turnover, and crumbling infrastructure.
And these headlines are the backdrop for other headlines about the Southern University System’s plans to grow enrollment to 20,000 students and to lead economic development in Baton Rouge over the next decade – despite every economic, population and political indicator suggesting that such a plan is virtually impossible?
All large organizations of all kinds deal with a ‘Jekyl and Hyde’ existence, particularly those created by and for black folks which receive zero coverage for the good that they do, and overwhelmingly unbalanced coverage for the bad things they do. Black fraternities and sororities pour millions of service hours and dollars into causes benefiting black people around the world, but are most recognized for issues of hazing.
Black churches power black economic and social engineering, but are most easily distinguished by their scandals and perceptions of ‘not doing enough.’
But unlike these private organizations, Southern University and all public HBCUs are held to standards of public disclosure, and by political gamesmanship and economic tides that roll in and out based on the will of voters and the fortunes of industry. Their leadership and financial stability ebb and flow with the will of its members, and even in the midst of scandal, those members still have been conditioned in some respect to believe in the organizational mission instead of the shortcomings of those charged with its advancement.
It’s hard to believe in Southern when we know that lawmakers appoint board members, appropriate funds and create policy with the guiding principle of harming the campus, and that actors on campus who are just outside of the politics to kill Southern, are driven by self-interest and the Louisiana culture of “get yours and get out,” moreso than the importance of Southern to regional economy and Black America’s educational well-being.
We want to cheer for Preccieley, the family who groomed him to choose Southern almost from birth, the SU faculty who have worked underpaid and unheralded for years in training up other prodigies whose names we’ll never know, the alumni who continue to give millions to the idea of Southern, and the advocates who will stand ready to burn Southern to the ground in the event that the state ever considers shutting it down or scaling it back to an unrecognizable version of its former self.
But we really don’t know how to view Southern successes, not because they are rare or undeserving of attention, but because we don’t know if this is a blip resulting from Southern’s life support treatment, or a sign that the school is trying to awaken out of its coma of corruption and negligence from all corners of the campus and statehouse?
Which Southern University should we recognize as the real HBCU system flagship? What should make us believe enough to send students and gifts, and to defend her with our names and individual brands? How do we know if this story or any other positive happening out of Baton Rouge is a sign of resurrection or temporary exhumation?