North Carolina A&T State University to Debut New Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice

The university's criminal justice master’s and doctoral programs are designed to provide high-quality graduate education and training in criminal justice with the four areas of specialization: investigative science, digital forensics, research methodology, and social justice.

Lincoln University President Brenda Allen Gets Seven-Year Contract Extension

Brenda Allen was named the fourteenth president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 2017. The board of trustees has extended the contract of President Brenda Allen for seven years. President Allen will now lead the university until 2030.

Meharry Medical College in Nashville Creates the School of Global Health

Meharry Medical College has begun the process to recruit faculty, engage partners, and secure accreditation for the School of Global Health, and anticipates beginning to enroll students in the fall of 2024.

Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Introduce the HBCU Africa Partnerships Act

The legislation would expand partnerships and student exchange programs at HBCUs to build up the capacity and expertise of students, scholars, and experts from sub-Saharan Africa in key development areas, including food systems, agriculture, nutrition and farming, democracy, and public health.

Elizabeth City State University Announces Plans to Expand Its Aviation Sciences Program

ECSU has the only aviation program in the University of North Carolina System and has numerous industry partnerships. This fall aviation sciences was the most popular declared major at the university. The university has grown its fleet from two planes to a fleet of 14 university-owned aircraft.

Central State University and the University of Akron Establish a 3+3 Program for Law...

To apply to the Akron Law program, students must have completed at least 90 credits toward their bachelor’s degrees and be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing at Central State University. They also need to have a GPA of at least 3.45 and an LSAT score of 151.

Morehouse College Partners With Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois

The agreement offers specific benefits to Moraine Valley students such as guaranteed admission, reduced tuition, dual admission, and acceptance into honors programs based on criteria set by each institution. African Americans make up 9 percent of the student body at Moraine Valley Community College.

Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, Is Transitioning to University Status

Wiley University will offer three new graduate programs: master's degrees in higher education administration with an emphasis on HBCUs, business administration, and criminal justice.

District of Columbia Offering Career Opportunities for Graduates of Local HBCUs

Through the HBCU Public Service Program, which will start up early next year, the city will work with highly talented and qualified graduating seniors to help launch their careers. The program will be open for one-year to graduating seniors who are earning a bachelor’s degree at Howard University or the University of the District of Columbia.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With a Community College to Boost Drone Training

Wake Technical Community College is partnering with historically Black Elizabeth City State University to cooperate on programs in aviation and unmanned aircraft systems. ECSU will share a dedicated lab in the new Public Safety Simulation Complex and other classroom space at Wake Tech East in order to provide simulation instruction and training.

Morehouse College to Launch a New Real Estate Institute

Morehouse College, the historically Black liberal arts institution for men in Atlanta, has received a $3 million gift from Prologis, the global leader in logistics real estate, to create an endowed fund that will expand opportunities for students of color to study real estate and prepare for lucrative careers with top firms in the industry.

Clark Atlanta University to Embark on Major Building Projects

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University has made a major commitment to campus infrastructure by announcing the construction of three new buildings on campus. The university will build a new dormitory for first-year students, a second dining hall, and a student success center.

Benedict College Debuts an Accelerator Program for Black Entrepreneurs

In 2022, Benedict College received $525,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help organize, launch, and operate a state-wide investment accelerator program for underrepresented and minority persons who are in the early stages of entrepreneurship in South Carolina.

Texas Southern University to Launch New Institute on Voter and Civic Engagement

Historically Black Texas Southern University in Houston has announced the establishment of Institute for Voter and Civic Engagement. The goal of institute is to promote voter and civic participation among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.

Meharry Medical College to Build Huge African Ancestry Genomics Research Database

Data from the National Institutes of Health show that globally less than 2 percent of genetic information being studied today originates from people of African ancestry. Meharry Medical College, with some corporate partners, looks to increase the genomic information available to researchers.

Spelman College and Xavier University Partner With the University of Manchester in England

The arrangement with the University of Manchester will help to enhance the HBCUs' dedication to international research and teaching with increased engagement with higher education around the globe.

Texas Southern University Enters New Partnership With Wiley College

Through the agreement, Texas Southern will also offer a variety of courses to Wiley students during the winter mini-semester and during summer sessions. The partnership also addresses the critical demand for educators by establishing a strategic pathway for teacher education through which Wiley students will have the opportunity to be part of the College of Education Educator Preparation Program at TSU.

Xavier University of Louisiana to Offer a New Major in African American Diaspora Studies

The new major will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the African American Diasporic experience in a global world, allowing Xavierites to learn and understand the development of social, political and economic structures of several countries.

After Campus Shooting Incident, Morgan State University to Build a Security Wall

On October 3, five people, including four students, were shot on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore. As a result of the incident, President David Wilson announced that the university will erect 8,000 feet of fencing that will enclose 90 percent of the Morgan State campus.

Fort Valley State University Announces the Launch of Its Tenth Master’s Degree Program

Historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia has announced the introduction of an online master’s degree program in public administration (MPA). It is scheduled to commence in the summer of 2024. The new program will have two tracks: homeland security and emergency management.

Virginia State University Students Get Classroom Experience in City Schools

The city of Petersburg and the university established HERO, or Hybrid Education Residency Opportunity program. It is a comprehensive and innovative program that combines coursework and practical teaching in an actual classroom setting.

Charles R. Drew University to Tackle Health Disparities in South Los Angeles

Historically Black Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles has established the Compton Community Health Professions Partnership. The partnership will include Compton College, the Compton Unified School District, Kedren Health, St. Johns Community Health, and California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Southern University to Offer In-State Tuition to Students From Saint Kitts and Nevis

The Ministry of Education of St. Kitts and Nevis will recommend students to Southern for application. Once students have successfully completed Southern’s admissions process, they will be able to pay in-state tuition fees while in good academic standing.

HBCUs Report Impressive Gains in Enrollments

With the recent Supreme Court decision banning race-sensitive admissions in higher education, it was expected that many Black students would turn their attention to historically Black colleges and universities. Indeed, some HBCUs have seen impressive growth.

Fort Valley State University Launches Major New Tutoring Program

Historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia has announced a transformative partnership with Knack Tutoring. Through this collaboration, students enrolled in any course will gain access to free on-demand tutoring services.

Five HBCUs Receive Grants to Plant Trees to Combat Extreme Heat and Climate Change

The Forest Service selected 385 grant proposals from entities working to increase equitable access to trees and nature, and the benefits they provide for cooling city streets. The vast majority of the grants were awarded to cities. But five historically Black universities were among the 385 grantees.

Gunfire Erupts After Homecoming Event at Morgan State University in Baltimore

Five people, including four students, were shot on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore. The incident occurred outside Murphy Fine Arts Center where a homecoming event choosing Mr. and Miss Morgan State University had been selected.

Federal Government Calls on States to End Funding Disparities at Black Land-Grant Universities

The federal government sent letters to 16 governors emphasizing the over $12 billion disparity in funding between land-grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their non-HBCU land-grant peers in their states. Unequitable appropriated funding of the 1890 institutions in the states ranges from $172 million to $2.1 billion.

Shaw University to Expand Its Presence to Research Triangle Park

The collaboration will secure Shaw University a dedicated office space within Frontier RTP innovation campus, located in the heart of the city's new vibrant downtown area. The space will include private offices and an administrative area dedicated to Shaw University, as well as classroom space.

Hampton University to Establish “She Care Wellness Pods” on Campus

This fall, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) and kate spade new york, a designer handbag retailer, announce the expansion of their joint program, the “She Care Wellness Pods,” to Hampton University in Virginia. Eventually, the initiative aims to reach over 25,000 Black women on HBCU campuses with frontline mental wellness care.

HBCUs Receive Major Funding From Blue Meridian Partners

The HBCU Transformation Project is a collaboration between the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and Partnership for Education Advancement. Forty HBCUs are currently working with the project and additional campuses are expected to join this year. The partnership recently received a $124 million investment from Blue Meridian Partners.

U.S. News and World Report’s Latest Rankings of the Nation’s Top HBCUs

Spelman College in Atlanta was ranked as the best HBCU and Howard University in Washington, D.C., was second. This was the same as a year ago. This was the 17th year in a row that Spelman College has topped the U.S. News rankings for HBCUs.

Early Shaw University Dean and Acting President Honored With Historical Marker

During a 50-year tenure at the educational institution, Nicholas Franklin Roberts (1849-1934) served as Shaw’s dean of faculty, dean of the School of Theology, vice president, and acting president from November 1893 to March 1894.

Xavier University Students Win Department of Homeland Security’s Invent2Prevent Competition

The Invent2Prevent program encourages student teams at the high school or college level to develop innovative projects that seek to prevent targeted violence and terrorism in local communities. The Xavier students presented their project, “Still We R.O.S.E (Recognizing Our Shared Experience),” aimed at bridging the misunderstanding between Black and Jewish communities due to controversial statements made by certain Black celebrities.

Voorhees University Gains Approval to Offer a New MBA Program

The MBA program will be offered online, with the first cohort to begin classes in January 2024. Under the new MBA program, Voorhees will offer minors in human resource management and data analytics.

Spelman College Establishes a Student Exchange Program With the Berklee College of Music

The mission of the Berklee-Spelman exchange program is to promote educational opportunities in music and liberal arts to female-identifying students of African descent; to facilitate cultural and social integration through the study of music performance, theory, and history, with a specific focus on jazz and contemporary music; and to increase the participation of African American women in jazz.

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