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Governance and the Future of Black Colleges

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For years, historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, as they are commonly known, have occupied a special space in the pantheon of American higher education. Founded during a period of hostile, entrenched and legally enforced segregation, these extraordinary institutions have exceeded expectations in unforeseen ways. From the start, black colleges depended upon white philanthropy and later state government for financial support. They enjoyed a pure monopoly on African-American students and faculty members. And almost single-handedly, they created the nation’s black middle class, comprising teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs.

Today, black colleges are iconic institutions, considerably more than centers of higher learning. Whether rural or urban, public or independent, they are repositories of history, art, culture and politics. Their campuses feature buildings with distinctive architecture housing priceless works by African-American artists, muralists, writers, composers and sculptors. Their libraries contain volumes of books, journals, monographs and myriad products of research by African-American scholars. Every black college has a story to tell: Hampton University’s Emancipation Oak; the monument to the United States Colored Troops who founded Lincoln University in Missouri; Jubilee Hall at Fisk University, named in honor of its renowned choral group that traveled the world raising money to support the school. The list goes on.

Yet desegregation of higher education has devastated black colleges. About 90 percent of African-American students are enrolled in majority colleges and universities. As result, notwithstanding their historic significance and their past and current contributions to higher education and American society, many black colleges are imperiled — and have been for quite some time. In fact, whether they care to admit it or not, for a variety of reasons, some beyond their control, many HBCUs are in a death spiral and may not be salvageable.

Now is the time for candor and self-assessment. Many people, even ardent HBCU supporters, including the author, find it difficult to face the hard truth: some HBCUs need to seriously explore options that include pruning or culling. And for others, it may be time for an exit strategy that could include merging or closing.

A Quest for Sustainability

In 1986, Hugh Gloster, then president of Morehouse College offered this sobering assessment: “History has shown that the private black college experience a very slow death … you will have an increasing number of weak private colleges lose accreditation, and they will lose enrollment, and then they will lose financial stability. Now, whether they will die is another question.”

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More Africans-Americans Are Teaching Black History

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New figures show African-Americans are more prone to homeschooling in an attempt to teach their children black history. Should black Brits follow suit?

A NEW report has found that homeschooling is becoming the new way for African-American parents to teach their children about black history.

NBC News reports that 220,000 African-American children in the United States are homeschooled and The National Home Education Research Institute recently revealed its findings, stating black parents are becoming frustrated with enrolling their kids in public schools where U.S. history classes lack black history discourse.

Sheva Quinn of Byron, Ga., told NBC News that she quit her job in 2014 to dedicate time to educating her children, and to ensure that they become “very good readers” with a “solid foundation in African-American history.”

According to VIBE, in 2015, the National Council of Social Studies stated that less than 10 percent of total course hours are devoted to African-American history. When schools include black history in their curriculum, they cover very little of it.

“If you look at what happens in public schools, in terms of the curriculum, you could end up thinking that African-American history starts with slavery and ended with Martin Luther King and that’s just not the case,” said Cheryl Fields Smith, associate professor of Education at the University of Georgia.

The National Home Education Research Institute’s study also discovered that homeschooled black students outperformed black students who attended public school on standardised tests, scoring within the 42 percentile.

“With parents taking their child’s or children’s education into their own hands, they can fill in the gaps and provide a personal touch while teaching black history education.

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As D.C.-area schools grapple with overcrowding, parents wonder why enrollment projections are so off

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In Montgomery County, a Washington suburb with sought-after public schools, Bethesda Elementary School opened an eight-classroom expansion three years ago to relieve pressure on the overcrowded campus.

A year later, the school spilled over again into a portable classroom. When this school year started Tuesday , it had four portables and 639 children — 80 more than it’s built to hold and 100 more than school system demographers predicted six years ago.

Bethesda Elementary is far from the most overcrowded campus in the Washington region. In Montgomery alone, half of the county’s 205 schools exceed 100 percent capacity, and some hover around 150 percent.

Montgomery’s approximately 161,500 students make it one of the largest school systems in the country, and it’s been growing by about 2,500 students every school year — the equivalent of a new high school.

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Howard University Senior to Compete in 2020 Olympics With Two Siblings

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Howard University senior Latroya Pina will represent Cape Verde proudly while competing in the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Pina is set to participate as a part of the first-ever Cape Verde National Swim Team in the 2020 Summer Olympics, according to the school’s website, the Howard Bison. She currently competes for several races, including the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke.

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