We talk with Dr. Obiomon about her recent appointment as Dean of the Prairie View A&M University College of Engineering, and life as one of more than 30 relatives to have graduated from the institution.
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When executive leadership turns over at an institution of higher education, context matters. In some instances, executives who’ve served long tenures retire with preparations made and accreditation, financial solvency, and steady enrollment all neatly packaged to deliver to the next CEO. When that next executive emerges, the product of a dutiful national search involving boards, alumni, and key stakeholders, institutions continue to enjoy the responsible and predictable growth that serves the educational and employment needs of students, faculty, staff, and the economic needs of the region.
We discuss student angst at Fisk, police controversy at Prairie View A&M and HBCU economic impact.
The Cooperative Extension Program in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences participated with Texas A&M in the “Battle Ground to Breaking Ground” program hosted in Dallas, Texas, May 31, 2018. Attending the event was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Mr. Purdue met with veteran farmers to announce a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M “Battle Ground to Breaking Ground” initiative.
Take cover! It’s definitely “Storm Season” for the Marching Storm at Prairie View A&M University. The band performed in front of their largest audience yet at the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They were picked from nearly 200 applicants to be one of ten bands that headlined the nationally-televised event.
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The Prairie View A&M University football team defeated Texas Southern 30-16 to win the Labor Day Classic for the third straight season.
The iconic Ivy League executive and HBCU alumna reveals how a natural disaster and the grit of PVAMU students led her to pursue a HBCU presidency.
Prairie View A&M University’s campus is buzzing this fall, with more than
two-thousand new faces comprising record first-year student enrollment.
According to the university’s official 20th day of class report, PVAMU had 2,074 incoming freshmen. A year ago, the university had 1,839 freshmen, in 2015, there were 1,627, and in 2014, there were 1,569 freshmen.
So, what changed? For starters, PVAMU established partnerships, or Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with 19 school districts in the state. Designed to help bring in top-performing students, the percentage of PVAMU’s incoming freshmen who graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school class increased from 18 percent to
22 percent over the last three years.
PVAMU’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is also playing a big role in the ever-growing freshman class size. A few months ago, the office reported awarding a record number of scholarships and financial aid earlier than in past years. “Let’s just say, a lot of kids in high school were very happy,” Ralph Perri, director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, said in May.
To seal the deal, the university’s Summer Bridge programs gave freshmen enrollment a boost. This past summer, more than 800 students enrolled. “The university’s commitment to increasing the number of Summer Bridge programs for our incoming freshmen is playing a critical role in our enrollment and retention success,” said John Gardner, assistant vice president for Academic Engagement and Student Success. “Students are able to earn six to 12 hours of college-level coursework towards their degree, depending on the Summer Bridge program. In addition to the coursework, students experience college residential living, with fewer distractions, while creating networks with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. These opportunities really lure more students to make that final decision to come to PV.”
The Prairie View A&M Marching Storm Marching Band took to Facebook Live to announce their arrival at the Texas State Fair.
Can historically black colleges and universities benefit from the growing boycotts of NFL games among Black America? Prairie View A&M University’s Fred Bonner, Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling, and Founding Executive Director of the Minority Achievement, Creativity and High-Ability (MACH-III) Center discusses the implications.