We talk with Strada Education Senior Vice President Daryl Graham and Thurgood Marshall College Fund CEO, President Harry Williams about a new partnership that will give immersive academic and professional training to rising high school seniors at Fayetteville State University, Texas Southern University and Virginia State University.
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Boeing Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion Michael C. Ford joins us to discuss the company’s latest partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the process and benefits of building workforce development pipelines at HBCUs.
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Nearly 60 years ago, iconic scholar and social critic W.E.B. DuBois addressed attendees at the 25th annual conference of social science teachers, held at Johnson C. Smith University. His speech ‘Whither Why and Now,’ provided stark details on the adaptation of African Americans to full rights of citizenship, and his concern that this adaption would not present the melding of African traditions and ideals with American freedom, but rather, a casting away of the same.
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The investment will fund scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive “boot camp” programs that will introduce students to Boeing’s culture and career paths.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Opportunity Funding Corporation President & Chief Programs Officer M. Scott Lilly discusses how innovation is developed and cultivated at HBCUs, and what TMCF is doing to train a new generation of creators in the global innovation marketplace.
Canal discusses MillerCoors foundational relationship with HBCUs, how the company works to diversify its workforce through HBCU communities, and how institutions can best reach out for corporate partnership.
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A recent series published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution outlined a grim picture for our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), based mostly upon analysis of some of the sector’s lower schools on the spectrum defined by six-year graduation rates. It speaks to stinging stereotypes about these extraordinary campuses and their students, and only partially exposes one form of value in higher education – a metric that is rapidly losing value in contemporary forms of institutional assessment.
For a host of reasons, this kind of analysis is at best, incomplete, and at worst, harmfully misrepresentative of the 47 member-schools represented by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). As a former HBCU president and current president & CEO of TMCF, I felt compelled to respond, but only after our team pulled the data to provide a more accurate analysis of our fantastic HBCUs.
First, let’s look at graduation rates. It is difficult to interpret graduation rates as a measurement of institutional rigor or effectiveness. There are many unique contributing factors that go into why an HBCU student might not graduate. Around 75 percent of TMCF member-schools students are Pell eligible. While HBCUs, do enroll some of the best and brightest students from around the world that choose to attend them, HBCUs go out of their way to give higher education options to non-traditional students that are first-generation and come from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
That recruiting model is not without risk and challenge. A major challenge has been helping those students have the funds and support to stay and graduate.
This mission is not unique to HBCUs; it is a mission shared by many community colleges, tribal colleges, Hispanic and Asian-American serving institutions; all of which understand that the nation and its communities are better with colleges that prepare all citizens for productivity, not just those who can afford it or who are best prepared for it from kindergarten through high school graduation.
For some reason, these institutions were not included in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s (AJC) analysis. If they had been, it would have illustrated that HBCUs are statistically better at graduating students from low-income households and under-resourced communities, and in yielding a better rate of post-graduate fulfillment than other institutions of similar or higher academic profile.
Second, the headline, “many” HBCUs have graduation rates below 20 percent is a gross misstatement. Their own list offers nine school’s data from 2015, which doesn’t reflect the most recently available data and doesn’t adequately describe the story behind the graduation rates; a story that the Thurgood Marshall College Fund was created to rewrite with proper context.
The most current, (2016) six-year graduation rate for HBCUs is about 34 percent. There are several contributing factors to the discontinuation of a college degree for the remainder of students, however, as educators and professionals within this sector we have experienced disproportionate instances of students stopping their studies to work and save money for college, caring for children or relatives with illnesses, or transferring schools to meet these needs and others.
The average graduation among TMCF’s member-schools is thirteen percent higher than the metric used by the AJC to define “struggling” HBCUs, but even these numbers do not reflect that average Pell Grant enrollment (70 percent) at HBCUs more than doubles the total percentage of Pell Grant recipients enrolled in college in 2016 (32 percent).
HBCUs do more in educating and graduating students with statistical and cultural odds stacked against them outside of our doors than any other type of school. And as these schools continue to do the good work of granting access and opportunity to all kinds of students, we at TMCF look forward to working with outlets like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in sharing context and evidence of HBCU excellence, at every available opportunity.
Dr. Harry L. Williams is the President & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. Prior to joining TMCF, he spent eight years as president of Delaware State University. Follow him on Twitter at @DrHLWilliams.
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.
We talk with Gerard Robinson, executive director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, Camille Lloyd, a senior consultant with Gallup Inc., and Dr. Howard Henderson, director of the new TSU Center for Justice Research and a professor in TSU’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs about the role of HBCU research in expanding American opportunity.
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Outgoing Thurgood Marshall College Fund President and CEO Johnny Taylor writes about the corporate partnerships which prime HBCU students and graduates for executive level careers.