Bipartisan Group Launches Congressional Caucus to Support HBCUs

The Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus has been officially launched in Washington. The Caucus is being led by Alma S. Adams, a Democrat from North Carolina and Bradley Byrne, a Republican from Alabama.

The purpose of the bipartisan caucus is to promote and protect the interests of HBCUs. Together, members of the caucus will work to create a national dialogue, educating other members of Congress and their staffs about the issues impacting HBCUs. The caucus will also work to draft meaningful bipartisan legislation to address the needs of HBCUs, and to support students and graduates of HBCUs by increasing access and career opportunities.

Alma-Adams-Representative Adams, who served for 40 years as a professor of art at Bennett College, a HBCU in Greensboro, North Carolina, stated that “this bipartisan HBCU Caucus is bringing together champions for HBCUs, so that we can make an even bigger impact to ensure their needs are heard in every aspect of policy making and across party lines. I look forward to learning more from our students and faculty at HBCUs and will keep their insight with me as we work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and fight for much needed Pell grant funding.”

There are 40 charter members of the caucus, including eight Republicans.

Related Articles


  1. Anyone with an inkling of intelligence would question the purpose of this newly created Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. The CBC have consistently neglected HBCUs legislatively and fiscally for quite some time due to political correctness, their complicity with the neoliberal agenda, along with having no immediate linkage with HBCUs. Yes. CBC member Alma Adams and others proudly say ” I taught at an HBCU”. However, how many of the CBC members actually send their own children to HBCUs (not including Reverend Jackson’s Family). As a result, there appears to be disconnect between HBCUs and CBC members until an after the fact response.

    Regarding CBC member Adams (D-NC) and conservative Republican member Bradley Byrne (R-AL) is definitely questionable on numerous levels. For example, the Congressional Republicans (i.e., House and Senate) “reached agreement on a spending blueprint for the 2016 fiscal year that could lead to deep cuts in education spending and a reduction in benefits for student-loan borrowers”. In other words, what group of students will be disproportionally impacted by this spending bill.

    In sum, this bipartisan group will be another paper tiger organization (akin to the White House Initiative on HBCUs) without any authority, fiscal resources to allocate to HBCUs, and will not publicly challenge the status quo publicly.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Study Uncovers Racial Bias in University Admissions and Decision-Making AI Algorithms

A new study has found university admissions and decision-making AI algorithms incorrectly predict academic failure for Black students 19 percent of the time, compared to 12 percent of White students and 6 percent of Asian students.

Donald Comer Named Interim President of Lane College in Tennessee

Dr. Comer has extensive experience as an advocate for HBCUs and African American business education serving on the board of trustees for Stillman College and LeMoyne-Owen College. He will assume his new duties on August 1.

Racial Disparities Found Among Veterans’ Experiences With VA-Funded Community Care

"Community care" provides veterans with an streamlined option to receive VA-funded healthcare through non-VA providers. A new study has found Black Americans are more likely to report negative experiences with community care providers and administrators.

Jeffrey Norfleet Is the New Leader of Shorter College in Arkansas

Dr. Norfleet has been serving as Shorter College's provost and vice president. He has an extensive background in higher education, serving in both academic and administrative capacities.

Featured Jobs