Morgan State University Breaks HBCU Record for Patents Awarded in 2023

“Our commitment to prioritize research is compounded by our unbridled support for Morgan faculty and students to pursue patents for their innovations. We see this framework as a critical component to how universities significantly contribute to technological advancements and improve society," said Wille May, vice president of Morgan State University.

Delaware State University Establishes Collaborative Partnership With the University of Belize

Through their new partnership, the two universities plan to develop workshops, training activities, presentations, research, and mentorship programs that benefit students and faculty at both schools.

Spelman College to Establish the First-Ever Cosmetic Chemistry Program at an HBCU

In the Fall 2024 semester, Spelman College will offer a concentration in cosmetic chemistry for chemistry majors as well as a minor in cosmetic science for students in other majors. It will be the first offering of its kind at a historically Black college or university.

Historically Black Paul Quinn College in Dallas Establishes Partnership with City Year AmeriCorps

The City Year members enrolled in the Corporate Work Program at Paul Quinn College in Dallas can receive up to four years of corporate work experience with up to $18,000 in scholarships per year.

Center for Urban and Coastal Climate Science Research Established at Morgan State University

The new interdisciplinary research center aims to develop effective solutions to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change through collaboration with the global scientific community and policymakers.

Four Atlanta University Center HBCUs Receive $14 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

Four historically Black schools within the Atlanta University Center have been awarded a $14 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the research support and capacity across the consortium The project will be led by researchers at Spelman College in collaboration with Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Clark Atlanta University.

Statue of President Emeritus Norman Francis Unveiled at Xavier University of Louisiana

"Dr. Francis was a part of Xavier for over half of the century that Xavier has been serving the underserved. His unwavering commitment and courage in the pursuit of social justice led this university through countless adversity," said Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana.

North Carolina Central University Announces Plans for Architectural Design Degree Program

North Carolina Central University is offering its first two courses in architectural design this semester. Over the course of the next five to ten years, the university plans to progress the program from a concentration or minor in architecture to a fully-developed four-year bachelor's program, which would be the first of its kind at an HBCU.

Morehouse School of Medicine Plans New Regional Campus in Chattanooga

Morehouse School of Medicine is looking to expand their partnership with CHI Memorial Hospital by creating a regional medical campus in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. This effort aims to empower Morehouse medical students to stay in Chattanooga for the entirety of their residency.

Shaw University and Virginia Tech Create Pathway to Teaching Graduate Programs for HBCU Students

"This partnership aims to contribute to reducing disparities in the teaching profession, ensuring that every educator can deliver a quality education and that every student can access it without barriers," says Dr. Lezly Taylor, assistant professor of science education at Virginia Tech.

Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

South Carolina State University Adds Concentration in Fire Protection Engineering for Civil Engineering Students

The civil engineering degree program at historically Black South Carolina State University has established a concentration in fire protection engineering. The program was developed with guidance from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Historic HBCU Landmark Revitalized Through National Park Service Grant

Through three restoration grants totaling $2 million, the Rosenwald Practice School and Principal House will be fully restored, becoming the new home for the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Institute.

North Carolina A&T State University Establishes Research Partnership with Collins Aerospace

“There are direct relations to the research we do in the College of Engineering and the mission purpose of Collins Aerospace,” said Stephanie Luster-Teasley, interim dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. “Being able to partner with Collins really gives our students the opportunities for hands-on research at each level – undergraduate and graduate.”

Jackson State University Chosen to Participate in Battery Workforce Challenge Program

The Battery Workforce Competition Program will provide students the opportunity to design and build their own electric vehicle battery. Jackson State University was the only historically Black school chosen to participate in the program.

Student Freedom Initiative and Steinberg Group Partner on $100 Million Project to Develop Affordable...

“In order to educate and train the next generation of diverse leaders and innovators, institutions must have access to an affordable education, and they must be surrounded by a thriving community,“ says Robert F. Smith, founder and chairman of the Student Freedom Initiative.

Virginia State University to Offer New Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering

"The approval of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is a testament to VSU's dedication to academic excellence and preparing our students for success in STEM fields," said Tia A. Minnis, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Virginia State University.

Two HBCUs Partner With Michigan State to Improve High School Science Education in the...

Michigan State University, Alabama A&M University, and Winston-Salem State University have partnered together to improve high school science education in the rural South through the implementation of a new curriculum created with students cultural backgrounds at the forefront.

Federal Judge Rejects Discrimination Lawsuit From Historically Black Florida A&M University

A lawsuit filed by six Florida A&M University students claiming that the university was discriminated against by the state of Florida was dismissed by United States District Judge Robert Hinkle. The case involved underfunding and duplicative academic programs.

Meharry Medical College Establishes Partnership With Kaohsiung Medical University

Meharry Medical College has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. The agreement aims to establish research and educational opportunities at both institutions.

Oscar Barton Wins Medal From the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Morgan State University professor and dean, Oscar Barton, is the first African American recipient of the Edwin F. Church Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. As part of the award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will establish an endowed scholarship in his name at Morgan State University.

Grambling State University Narrows the Field in Its Presidential Search

The semifinalists are Gregory Ford, Martin Lemelle, Markey Pierre, Edwin Smith, Roderick Smothers, and Monica Williams. Ford, Lemelle, and Williams were later named finalists. The presidential search committee will make their selection for the next Grambling State University president on February 22.

New Jackson State University President Announces His Leadership Team

Jackson State University President Marcus L. Thompson, has announced the appointments of five African Americans to his senior leadership team: Kylon Alford-Windfield, vice president of enrollment management; Alla Jeanae Frank, special assistant to the president and chief transformation officer; Onetta Starling Whitley, general counsel; ConSandra McNeil, interim vice president of research and economic development; and Mitchell Shears, as executive director of Title III programs.

Maryland Takes Steps to Eliminate Duplicative Programs at PWIs and HBCUs

Now the state of Maryland has formed the Maryland Program Approval Process Workgroup with aim of avoiding duplicative programs before they get off the ground.

American Honda Ups Its Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

American Honda has launched a new, multifaceted initiative called "Drive the Legacy." The initiative focuses on four key pillars: educational and career opportunities, program and infrastructure support, outreach and advocacy, and unique experiences that celebrate HBCU culture.

Hampton University to Create an Interdisciplinary Climate Science Degree Program

The Interdisciplinary Climate Science Degree Program will bring together experts from various fields, fostering collaboration between meteorologists, environmental scientists, data analysts, and more. Students enrolled in the program will gain hands-on experience through the new National Center for Climate Modeling Research.

Fort Valley State University Partners With Robins Air Force Base in Georgia

The educational partnership is designed to advance students’ knowledge in computer science, cybersecurity, engineering, mathematics, and other STEM programs at FVSU. Through this partnership and outreach activities, students will gain valuable job skills that will contribute to their successful employment beyond graduation.

Wilberforce University in Ohio Will Offer Two New Women’s Sports in 2024

The university, which recently joined the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, will offer women's volleyball and women's soccer beginning this coming fall.

Delaware State University Launches a Doctoral Program in Social Work

The Doctor of Social Work Program at historically Black Delaware State University supports advanced generalist social work practitioners (with a minimum of three years post-MSW practice experience) in the areas of leadership, social work education, and research as they continue to develop expertise.

Spelman College Received the Largest Single Donation Ever Given to a HBCU

Spelman College, the historically Black liberal arts institution for women in Atlanta has announced a $100 million gift. The donation is from businesswoman and philanthropist Ronda Stryker and her husband William Johnston, Chairman of Greenleaf Trust. Stryker has been a Spelman College Trustee since 1997.

Morgan State University Partners With the Community College of Baltimore County

Together, two of Maryland’s largest institutions will provide dual admission to students, increasing associate degree attainment and accelerating undergraduate degree completion.

Bowie State University Joins the Maryland Equitable Justice Collaborative

Maryland leads the nation in the number of Blacks who are in state correctional institutions. Blacks comprise 30 percent of Maryland’s population while the state’s prison population is 71 percent Black. The collaborative will bring together experts from the criminal justice system, academia, government, and the community to identify causes of the crisis and develop a strategy for reform.

Alabama A&M University Creates a Number of New Educational Opportunities for Students

Alabama A&M University has entered into a new partnership with the Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados to collaborate to increase admission opportunities for AAMU students. It also has signed agreements with several HBCUs to ease the pathway for graduate of those schools to begin graduate studies at Alabama A&M University.

Kentucky State University Partners With the Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems

The partnership includes clear pathways to facilitate a smooth transition for community college students aspiring to complete their bachelor's degrees in 11 academic programs at Kentucky State. Students will benefit from updated curricula that align with industry needs, preparing them for successful careers upon graduation.

Fayetteville State University’s New Initiative to Boost Energy Efficiency

Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina is one of nine educational institutions to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a new Build Training and Assessment Center to provide more clean energy workforce training and enhance building and manufacturing efficiency in America.

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