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Morgan State University today revealed the results of an internal economic impact study, showing that the flagship historically black institution generates more than $990 million in for the state and more than $570 million for Baltimore City through its operations and research, wages and benefits, construction, and ancillary spending from campus stakeholders.
“Morgan has long understood the role it must play in Maryland’s future success,” said Morgan President David Wilson in a release. “The findings revealed in this report are enlightening and significant in their proof of Morgan’s importance to the continued growth of the State’s economy, and they further illustrate how investment in this University yields a measurable and impactful return.”
It is the second economic impact study to significantly outpace results produced by the United Negro College Fund’s 2017 national HBCU economic impact study, which depicted collective HBCU impact at $14 billion. That year, Central State University revealed its economic impact to be $147 million, compared to $97 million as estimated by UNCF based upon 2014 federal data.
Morgan State’s $990 million more than doubles UNCF estimates of $439 million for Northeast Baltimore’s anchor institution.
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The United Negro College Fund has released an economic impact study of the nation’s 100-plus historically black colleges and universities. The data showcases the financial power of HBCUs in three areas of economic influence; money spent by HBCU students and faculty, jobs created by HBCUs, and the potential lifetime earnings of HBCU graduates.
The controversy surrounding the White House National HBCU Conference is exposing differences among leadership ranks at black college campuses and HBCU advocates.
The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that leaders from Grambling State University and Southern University are taking different positions on attendance for the upcoming national White House HBCU conference. Grambling State President Rick Gallot will not attend, but research and advancement officials from Southern will travel to Washington next month for the three-day event.
“It’s a busy time of the year with fall registration, start of classes and multiple football games,” (Grambling Spokesperson Will Sutton) said. “We’ve got a lot of stuff going.”
Federal lawmakers have taken sides on the issue, with HBCU Caucus co-founder Rep. Alma Adams calling for its postponement, and offering to hold an alternative “HBCU Braintrust” convening for presidents and supporters.
Despite the ongoing drama and unnecessary distractions of the President’s own making, we plan to move forward with opportunities for HBCU leaders to engage in substantive dialogues that put our schools and students first,” Adams said in a release.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and United Negro College Fund have both written open letters to the White House to call for the postponement of the event, with concerns about the lack of an executive director and presidential board of advisors to the White House Initiative on HBCUs to frame the conference agenda and legislative outline for HBCUs.
But the National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education has not taken a public position to endorse the conference or to call for its postponement. Omarosa Manigault-Newman, Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison was an invited guest at the recent NAFEO Presidential Peer Seminar and Leadership Development Institute, earning high praise from NAFEO President and CEO Lezli Baskerville earlier this summer.
“Her experiences as a public official, a professor, a businesswoman, educator, education advocate, minister, policy analyst with Capitol Hill experience and service for two United States Presidents, and as a minister and commissioned officer for the California State Military Reserve all give her the types of grounding, and underpinnings that suggest she would be the prime senior executive in the White House to oversee the White House Initiative on HBCUs.”
Former WHI-HBCU Executive Director Ivory Toldson this week offered support for the conference, where he will serve as a presenter.
Right now, the United States is operating under a multi-trillion dollar FY 2017 budget, with a central government that has thousands of career employees with the authority to authorize grants and contracts to HBCUs,” Dr. Toldson wrote on Facebook. “HBCUs have the right to their fair share of federal revenue, and federal career employees need the ability to connect with HBCU leaders, regardless of who’s in office.”
The United Negro College Fund is the latest HBCU advocacy organization to request a postponement of the White House’s annual conference on historically black colleges and universities.
Executives from the nation’s historically black college advocacy organizations are hosting a conversation at the American Enterprise Institute on the future of HBCUs. The livestream is available below.
A video of President Donald Trump signing an executive order on historically black colleges and universities has generated plenty of attention and controversy, but it has also spurred a viral video starring one of the nation’s most visible HBCU advocates.
United Negro College Fund President and CEO Michael Lomax was among the invited guests for the Oval Office signing, and walked a fine line between presidential stoicism and perceived shade during President Trump’s remarks.
Here is Dr. Lomax’s official statement on the order.
“A new HBCU Executive Order issued in the first 100 days of the Trump-Pence administration is a step in the right direction to promote the critical mission of HBCUs, which have created the nation’s foremost African American leaders for 150 years and counting. The president has set a high bar; however, we await the opportunity to see if the administration will meet their pledges, specifically as it pertains to funding for HBCUs.”
“We must continue to work with the administration and with Congress to ensure that these historic institutions get both the recognition and the additional resources they deserve,” Lomax said. “Today, the president said he pledges to do more for HBCUs than any other president has done before, and we look forward to partnering with him to ensure this is a reality for the deserving students and faculty of HBCUs.”
Dr. Lomax’s remarks are part of mixed sentiments shared by presidents who attended the two-day HBCU Fly-In. Morgan State University President David Wilson was among the first to publicly critique the new order.
Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough did not offer thoughts on the order but wrote about the missed opportunity for President Trump to hear from HBCU leaders directly about important issues. Dr. Kimbrough was among several presidents who were slated to present during the White House meeting, but whose time was cut due to scheduling shifts and cabinet speakers’ presentations.
I’m still processing that entire experience. But needless to say that threw the day off and there was very little listening to HBCU presidents today- we were only given about 2 minutes each, and that was cut to one minute, so only about 7 of maybe 15 or so speakers were given an opportunity today.
So this is what I was going to say today in my 2 minutes. The UNCF will also share my comments. But it is important that I share in advance of Tuesday’s speech by the President because I am discussing specific funding that benefits ALL college students, but especially those at HBCUs.
Others spoke about the historic nature of the meeting and the unprecented participation of HBCU leadership.
In a statement, Lincoln University of Missouri President Kevin Rome expressed hope for federal support on the issue of matching grants for the historically black public land-grant institutions, which are forced to forfeit millions in federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture when states refuse to match appropriations for agricultural and agribusiness development.
“Despite the mandate for a dollar-for-dollar match, our schools have been forced to return millions of dollars. This disparity costs not only the land-grant operations, but our universities as a whole,” says Rome. “We are working on the state levels and making strides, but we have a long way to go before we are fully matched.”
Philander Smith College President Roderick Smothers offered positive reviews for the meeting at large, acknowledging the diverse reaction among his presidential peers, but saying that his ‘gut feeling’ was that the Trump Administration had genuine affection for the mission and work of HBCUs.
“They had clearly done their homework on our institutions,” he told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “They seemed genuinely interested in the agenda for HBCUs.”