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The Next Chapter for HBCUs: Three Imperatives | Inside Higher Ed

There has been lots of speculation about the future of HBCUs. While some of this has played out in the media, there is also an on-going conversation within this sector about what needs to happen to ensure a viable and productive future. Both conversations are sensitive in nature, saturated with nuance and divergent views concerning which directions are best. There are, however, a few clear environmental signs that demand the attention of everyone concerning the future of HBCUs regardless of one’s current position.

1. Outcomes represent the “coin of the realm”;

2. Delivery systems matter; and

3. Using data and assessment to inform decisions. [end quote]

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The Daily Tar Heel :: Black universities struggle with retention

The Daily Tar Heel :: Black universities struggle with retention | SCUP Links |
Historically black colleges across the country have pointed to student retention as the biggest problem facing institutions today.


A very nice article interviewing SCUP's director of planning and Education Phyllis Grummon, as well as administrators from Winston-Salem State University and Elizabeth City State University.

andrew mulinge's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:56 PM

HIstorically black college and universities have provided the means of education for many afirican americna sin the past and in the present as well. One of the main issues that is decreasing retention is the lack of financial support for most students. At prestigious institutions across the world, the alumni is a valuable asset to the success of the students. My concern is where are the alumni from these schools? Given the names of significant alumni at for example Howard, why is it that they are near backrupt? Where is the support? How can we garnish more support for alumni so HBCUs don't become extinct in the next decade?!

The mission for black colleges and universities continues

The mission for black colleges and universities continues | SCUP Links |

A very nice local piece which travels well across the country:

"What do HBCUs do well? Kimbrough said because those campuses enroll a disproportionate number of low-income students, they are able to cater to them in a way traditional schools cannot, including additional programs such as federally funded TRIO programs and extra attention from faculty and staff where it's needed.

'That's the real heavy lifting in higher education. When you look at the country as a whole, it's becoming more diverse and there are more people of color. We still have this growing gap based on income,' he said.

'We've become the model on how to take students from meager backgrounds and prepare them to be fully functioning citizens and productive citizens.''

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A Multidimensional Challenge for Black Colleges - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Multidimensional Challenge for Black Colleges - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links |

"Second, HBCU's can gain new perspectives by surveying their environment to assess how others are navigating the competitive landscape. This age of uncertainty is not a time to be insular, protective, and self-absorbed. Many leaders in higher education are aggressively attempting to create and expand synergistic partnerships with other universities, federal agencies, new and emerging growth industries, and businesses worldwide as integral parts of their strategic advancement. Those partnerships are opening new student markets through online instruction and distance learning, and consequently creating new revenue streams."


- John Silvanus Wilson Jr. is executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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HBCU-Levers: HBCUs and MOOCs

"HBCU-Levers: This site hosts the Howard University Digital Learning Lab's "Gateway to HBCUs" -- reliable, comprehensive links to news of recent academic achievements of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), i.e., their teaching/learning, research, and community service ... plus op-eds, FAQs, HBCU profiles, calendar of HBCU academic events, and links to useful resources."

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Issues Facing Historically Black Colleges and Universities Results of a Focused Discussion by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

Now you can read it here.

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Issues Facing HBCU's: Results of a #SCUP Focused Discussion and Survey

Download and share this new SCUP report with colleagues. Here are links to the three file types the report is now live and available in.

PDF; (everything) | EPUB  (Apple, some Android) | MOBI (Kindle)

At SCUP’s Southern Region’s 2011 conference last fall in San Antonio, a group of leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities met and served as a focus group. The conversations of the group were guided by SCUP staffer Phyllis Grummon, and based on a survey that had previously been completed by additional HBCU leaders. SCUP is publishing that document today and suggests that you feel free to share it with others. From the report:

"Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) face a set of issues similar to other higher education institutions in the US. The majority of campuses must address persistent shortfalls in funding that delay needed capital expenditures and hinder the accomplishment of their missions. HBCUs are no different. They face another challenge that is common among them, how to establish and maintain their primary identity as institutions focused on the educational attainment of African-Americans when many campuses are competing for those same students. HBCUs’ secondary identities, ones that fit within the general typology of US institutions, must now be brought to the fore. For example, it would seem that small, private, liberal arts colleges that are also HBCUs, now look to emphasize the benefits of their size, as much as their student enrollment."

Many thanks to SCUP Southern Region's Ken Higa of Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture, currently chair of SCUP's Membership Committee, for being the driving force behind this research.

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