Historically black colleges

Bridge From Bachelor's to Ph.D.

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When Keivan Stassun arrived at Vanderbilt University’s department of physics and astronomy in 2003 as an assistant professor, he saw neighboring, historically black Fisk University as an obvious collaborator. The two institutions are two miles apart in Nashville. “Look, we have two good things here and they’re practically touching," he recalls thinking. "There must be something we can do with what we’ve got.”

Data May Show HBCUs at Best, Worst

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WASHINGTON – Historically black colleges and universities are expected to play a crucial role in improving the nation’s educational attainment levels by 2020, but they are likely to face some hard truths in the process. Speaking to a group of educators and policy analysts here Thursday, the man leading the White House initiative on HBCUs said he’s mining data that may show both what’s wrong and what’s right with these institutions.

“We are not going to run from whatever news there is, good or bad,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., the initiative’s director.

Judge Blocks Sale of Art by Fisk

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Ruling finds that a college's dire financial condition does not justify disregard of a donor's intent.

Brutal Haze

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Sigma Gamma Rho faces more allegations of pledge abuse, and some question whether violence among historically black Greeks is particular problem.

Black Colleges Lose a Champion

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William (Buddy) Blakey, who died last week, helped make minority-serving colleges (and low-income students) a federal policy priority.

A Shift in Direction at Howard

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The university's first truly sweeping academic review doubles down on graduate programs, but would gut more than two dozen departments.

Modest Gains for Black Colleges Online

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Do historically black colleges and universities need to get serious about online education?

Perhaps, says the latest report from the Digital Learning Lab at Howard University. An increasing number of historically black institutions are wading into the online medium — often with the help of for-profit developers. Still, the vast majority of HBCUs do not offer online programs.

Ride Another Day

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Women's equestrian team settles with Delaware State U., which is second university this year to fail in bid to replace a women's team with a competitive cheerleading squad.

Another Black College Merger Proposed

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Louisiana governor suggests that predominantly white U. of New Orleans and historically black Southern U. in New Orleans should join forces.

A Leaner Howard U.

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University moves to eliminate or change 40% of its degree programs so that science can receive more emphasis. Philosophy survives; classics does not.

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