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.
No organization plays funnier with numbers than the United States Federal Government, especially when it comes to funding for education. The Department of Education can produce three different reports suggesting three different sets of statistics on how much it supports equity among all kinds of tax paying citizens through public funding.
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.
There is a sense among many presidents at historically black colleges and universities that the Trump Administration, while not overly friendly to HBCUs by initiative or policy, has been a salve against what many expected would happen in a fury of budget cuts and racism-driven reforms.
Leaders from HBCU advocacy organizations will meet tomorrow with members of the US Department of Education to discuss a dramatic change to Title III Part B – an essential funding initiative which helps HBCUs to launch or complete critical projects in campus construction and renovation, academic development, research enhancement and student support.
There’s a long, convoluted story filled with educational and legal jargon serving as the background for this meeting, but in summary, the Department of ED has dialed back a long-standing agreement with HBCUs allowing extensions for five-year grants received through the program.
HBCU Title III coordinators say the measure was suddenly implemented with little notice to campuses and offered improper guidance on ways to encumber funds ahead of rule changes. The federal government says HBCUs did not spend the money in a timely fashion and may have improperly drawn down funds in an effort to skirt established guidelines.
Both things can be true at the same time, but saving a program which awarded $244 million to HBCUs in 2016 can offer mutually beneficial gains to HBCUs and to the Trump Administration if this situation is handled correctly.
As outlandish as it may seem for HBCUs to fail at spending money, leadership turnover on campuses or changes in state legislation on academic program or construction approval could be legitimate reasons why funds went unreserved or unspent. If new governors, new presidents or new rules cast any doubt on how money should be spent, HBCU Title III coordinators generally don’t mess around with how funds are used and described within the feds’ strict reporting standards.
And as dumb as it may seem that the federal government would cut a major program to HBCUs after months of President Donald Trump stepping in one racially-charged controversy after another, the Department also has the direction to find and cut funds ahead of Congress’ upcoming work to revise the Higher Education Act.
With programs like Pell Grant, Perkins Loan and loan forgiveness up for possible amendment, the last thing the agency wants to do is appear as an enemy to HBCUs, and by extension black people, by cutting a sector-specific funding line.
Student aid advocates didn’t find much to like in a House education appropriations bill released last week — lawmakers removed billions from the Pell Grant surplus while taking no significant steps to improve college access.
Both sides have to make some concessions with this. HBCUs which have not managed funds responsibly will have to be held to some account, but not through grant-funded employees being laid off or academic or training programs being terminated. The Department of Education should reserve the right to manage public funds in accordance with the public will, but not to the point of race surfacing as a talking point, and at the sacrifice of the same HBCU success stories, it loves to share as a sign of support for black communities.
So much of what the federal government loves about HBCUs is directly supported by Title III. Those powerhouse HBCU STEM programs? The lab equipment was probably purchased with Title III money. The teachers and principals trained to work in at-risk districts, or guided to open charter schools? They probably received professional training grants from HBCUs. The mentoring programs for at-risk youth in metropolitan and rural settings? Probably paid for through Title III.
If not handled correctly, this issue will become the Trump Administration’s version of President Barack Obama’s PLUS Loan debacle. The lack of communication, the bungled response, and Obama’s cold reaction to it all will live forever as a permanent blemish on his revered record with black people.
But unlike Obama, there will be no buffer of blackness for Trump; there will only be major headlines of Trump’s latest flirtation with racism and his perceived attempt to malign black colleges after promising to treat them better than Obama ever did. He will draw the ire of the NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, April Ryan and every other black adversary real and perceived if the ED missteps on this issue.
But more than these things, HBCUs and the Trump Administration have already put too much work as the 21st-century odd couple to let something like unspent (not stolen or misappropriated) money sour the relationship. For everyone who thought that HBCU presidents were sellouts, who knows if this conversation would even be taking place without 80-plus campus leaders showing up in February for a “photo opp?”
For all the Trump staffers who work so hard in suggesting that the president is not a racist, why not write another chapter in showing that even if he is questionable, his administration is genuine about the partnership with HBCUs in words and deeds?
The credit belongs to orgs like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, United Negro College Fund and the National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education for being at the table tomorrow morning, and over the last year for engaging with the Trump campaign and now administration; even when doing so proved unpopular and less than fruitful in the eyes of many in the HBCU community.
So for the sake of HBCUs, the work of Congress as it finally moves to redefine higher education spending priorities and an American public fatigued of culture wars and political gamesmanship, we all should hope that tomorrow’s meeting can keep a sensitive yet important matter quiet and productive for black colleges. Both sides need the best of each other to benefit each other and to avoid an unnecessary war of wills with vulnerable campuses at the center of it all.
For years, NASCAR has worked with historically black colleges and in an unexpected partnership with mutual benefits in diversity, workforce development and outreach.
Carty completed his undergraduate degree at Winston-Salem State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He is now enrolled at Old Dominion University pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Sports Management. In his third year of participating in the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, Carty currently interns with Roush Fenway Racing in Concord, NC.
But with the news that NASCAR owners are all in with President Donald Trump on firing drivers who protest during the playing of the national anthem, the unorthodox partnership could soon be extinguished by sociopolitical jockeying.
There were reportedly no protests during the national anthem on Sunday at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in New Hampshire, as several team owners said they would not condone membes protesting during the country’s anthem. According to The Associated Press, neither drivers nor crew members took part in protests during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The NASCAR-HBCU partnership has been quietly successful for more than a decade, occasionally generating support for its efforts to recruit and train former athletes for positions in pit crews, management, sales and promotion.
by Staff and News Wire Report NASCAR Announces Collaboration With Historically Black Colleges and Universities DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has announced a collaboration with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in an effort to further increase diversity in the sport.
But in the last five years, something powerful has been happening with HBCU campuses recruiting and exporting better talent, welcoming professional partnerships, and drawing the attention from sports superstars in the name of black pride.
The top rookie in the NFL this year? North Carolina A&T Aggie legend and 4th Tarik Cohen.
The NBA Players Association partnering with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Southwestern Athletic Conference to create an exclusive combine with HBCU basketball players.
Top talent in football and basketball coming to HBCUs in greater numbers, and that influx of talent paying off at Howard, North Carolina A&T, Texas Southern and other schools pulling statistical upsets over larger power conference opponents in both sports.
Remembers a few years back when NBA players were in the midst of a lockout? Two of the stops on their national barnstorming tour – Morgan State University and Winston-Salem State University.
Players score tons of points in game, with fans in Chris Paul All Star Pick Up Game at Winston-Salem State University
There were 321 points scored in the Chris Paul CP3 All Star Pick Up Game Saturday night at the Gaines Center at Winston-Salem State University. If it matters in a game in which a player bounced a ball off the gym wall and grabbed the rebound on the fly for a monster dunk, the final score was 175-146, with Paul’s home team taking the win.
But accompanying these gains in HBCU sports brand value is the recent effort from HBCU students athletes adding to the nation’s sociopolitical movements. Cheerleaders at Howard University were among the first athletic teams in the country to kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem last fall.
Dozens of HBCU athletes have been involved in community service, social media advocacy, and other forms of protest against police brutality, white nationalism and other issues, primarily spurred by President Trump’s incendiary remarks which have split states between the ideas of revisionist history and black progress.
So now we have NASCAR, which has historically struggled with racial diversity and its fans showcasing themselves as the symbols of a stifled-yet-surviving view of confederate lifestyle, openly saying that it will not tolerate its primarily white league emulating the political actions of the predominantly black NFL.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the sports world reacting to President Donald Trump’s remarks about pro football (all times Eastern): 9 p.m. When you add up the numbers, about one in eight NFL players did not stand for the national anthem this weekend.
Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty’s sentiments took it a step further, saying: “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, “You’re right.”
NASCAR better tread lightly, because HBCUs will not continue to release their students and their protection to a sport willing to be submarined by its owners embracing the philosophies behind the symbols.
The dueling perspectives should make all of corporate America sit up and notice – there is money to be made in communities fighting for greater equity, and money to be lost in opposing or staying quiet on the subject.
But if NASCAR chooses to stay quiet on the perceived bias of its owners, there will be a harsher penalty for the organization than for President Trump; the sacrifice of a racist label it has worked hard to discard, but what can easily be stapled to its brand with a wrong or absent response.
A new study out from Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education reveals that voter participation among college students was up overall during the 2016 presidential election, but that among students at historically black colleges and universities, voting dropped by just over ten percent from 2012.
For the 2016 election, our analysis was based on the voting records of 9,784,931 million students at 1,023 higher education institutions. We found that 48.3% of all students in our study voted in the 2016 presidential election, with significant variations by race, gender, field of student, institution type, and more.
The center compared voting records to student enrollment records for more 9.5 million college students nationwide for its data, which shows that voting increased among white, Hispanic and Asian students overall, black college student voting dropped by five percent, two points below the national seven percent decrease in African American voting participation after record turnout in 2012.
A record 137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall voter turnout – defined as the share of adult U.S. citizens who cast ballots – was 61.4% in 2016, a share similar to 2012 but below the 63.6% who say they voted in 2008.
Some studies point to long wait times in HBCU states like South Carolina, Florida and Maryland as a culprit, while voter gerrymandering in other states like Georgia influenced participation.
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Another theory? Black people, including HBCU students, just weren’t that into Hillary Clinton.
Clinton’s black voter turnout dropped more than 11 percent compared to 2012. The support for Clinton among active black voters was still exceedingly high (87 percent, versus 93 percent for Obama), but the big difference was the turnout. Almost two million black votes cast for Obama in 2012 did not turn out for Clinton. According to one plausible calculation, if in North Carolina blacks had turned out for Clinton as they had for Obama, she would have won the state.
But Trump, who won only a sliver of black voters last fall, took it a step further, inviting dozens of leaders from these institutions into the Oval Office for a meeting that raised hopes that he may bring more federal attention — and funding — to their schools.
An exclusive interview with Dr. Williams about the recent DACA elimination announcement, its impact on Delaware State’s revenue and enrollment, and the political wave of support for undocumented college students.
In 2016, Delaware State University became the only historically black university to join a coalition of colleges to offer undocumented immigrant students a chance at higher education. In its second year, DSU’s DREAMER program boasted its second cohort of students, with high-entering marks and rave performance reviews for its inaugural class.
But a decision from President Donald Trump to repeal the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a six-month buffer for Congressional reforms, may cause Delaware State’s diverse class of scholars to discontinue their studies and possibly face deportation.
President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm – and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises.
The students discussed their plans and concerns with the Delaware News-Journal.