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EDUCATION

The Top News Stories about Education, Sports and HBCUs.

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The growing interest in Historically Black Colleges & Universities fuels an impressive rise in enrollment and campus activities, coupled with  an eagerness to partner with government, corporations and other supporters to continue to prepare every student and athlete with a quality educational experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HBCU Funding & Grants & Things

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC received a $1.5 million grant from the Weaver Foundation to create the H. Michael Weaver Endowment in International Programs at the university. The H. Michael Weaver Endowment will help to meet the funding needs of university students who might not otherwise be able to participate in global experience and education abroad programs.

Spelman College in Atlanta, GA received a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a $500,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for programs aimed at the development of its faculty. Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College stated: “Faculty are the heart of a liberal arts education. At historically Black colleges and universities, heavy teaching loads often get in the way of professional development, time for research and/or creative production. Yet, time for these activities not only keeps faculty current in their fields but provides undergraduate research opportunities for our students.”

Grambling State University

New Academic Center for Excellence in Mathematical Achievement
Grambling State University was among nine colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana to open a Center of Excellence that are recognized by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Grambling State is currently the only Center of Excellence that has an academic designation.

Grambling State University

Grambling State University Adds Degree Program in Cloud Computing
Grambling State University in Louisiana received approval from the University of Louisiana System board of supervisors to develop a proposal to offer the state’s first bachelor’s degree in cloud computing.

If all goes as planned, the new major could begin to enroll students as early as next fall.
“Our many professors in technology-related disciplines are continuing our long legacy of educating students on the cutting edge,” said the university’s interim provost, Connie Walton. “From computer science and cybersecurity to this proposed new degree, their work in research and industry are helping grow educational quality and internships for our students. We know Louisiana students are well-positioned to fill today’s market needs,” 
“Grambling State University President Rick Gallot: We, at Grambling State, are grateful for the continued support of our partners in government and industry who help us continue to drive innovation.”

UNCF Funds Liberal Arts Innovation Centers at Four HBCUs

Four Historically Black Colleges and Universities will each receive $300,000 from the United Negro College Fund to create a campus-based or virtual liberal arts innovation center that focuses on merging the technical discipline of STEM, healthcare, education, and finance into the liberal arts. The goal of the program is to enable the HBCUs to expand research, provide training and development opportunities to faculty and staff, and to incubate and test approaches to implementing embedding technical disciplines into the liberal arts.
The HBCUs participating are:
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, North Carolina, Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina, Talladega College, Talledega, Alabama and Dillard University, New Orleans, LA.
“The economic mobility for students who have a base in a liberal arts education is evident. UNCF is eager to cross-pollinate liberal arts pedagogy into professions that will provide the all-encompassing skill sets that 21st-century employers value,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund.

Clark Atlanta University

CAU Partners with Augusta University for Cyber Security Research
The departments of cyber-physical systems at Clark Atlanta University and the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University will join forces to promote research on making complex-cyber-physical systems efficient, reliable and secure. The partnership will provide for research opportunities for undergraduate students at each university.

George T. French, president of Clark Atlanta University, stated that the university “is excited about the possibilities of this unique partnership. Together we will drive the diversity of ideas, talents, and opportunities that ensure a successful and more inclusive ecosystem for innovation.”
Augusta University is a state school with nearly 5,500 undergraduate students and about 3,000 graduate students. African Americans make up 24 percent of the undergraduate student body. (U.S. Dept. of Education).

The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation will award a $3 million grant to six educational institutions in Georgia to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who graduate with degrees in the STEM fields. Students selected to participate in the program will receive a stipend, mentoring, research and internship opportunities, invitations to research conferences to present their work, and preparation for the Graduate Research Examination.
Note: although no HBCUs were included, perspective applicants who are interested in community colleges and technical colleges are available.
Participating institutions are:
Georgia Southwestern State University
Columbus State University
Valdosta State University
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Columbus Technical College
South Georgia Technical College

Bowie State University

Bowie State University and Baltimore City Community College have formed an alliance that will make it easier for graduates of the community college to transfer to four-year degree programs at the historically Black university.
Baltimore City Community College enrolls about 4,500 students according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up more than two thirds of the student body.

Under the agreement, Baltimore City Community College graduates will be able to transfer into 12 comparable academic programs at Bowie State University to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
Education

Nursing
Psychology
Business Administration
Computer technology… are among the 12 programs included in the agreement.
In addition, a unique feature of the agreement will enable select students in the community college’s Honor’s Program to transfer into the Honor’s Program at Bowie State University and receive a full scholarship covering in-state tuition and fees.
Aminta H. Breaux, president of Bowie State University, stated that “together with Baltimore City Community College, Bowie State University is advancing our Racing to Excellence strategic plan and vision, creating new collaborative educational partnerships.
This partnership will build a meaningful pathway for BCCC students to continue their educational pursuits in innovative academic programs for today’s workforce.”

(Sources: JHBE, US News, NCES, NC A&T University, Spelman College, Grambling State University, Bowie State University)

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FUTURE Act Passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday afternoon that would permanently fund historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions, as well as simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and eliminate paperwork for income-driven student loan repayment plans.
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Why ‘HBCU vs. PWI’ Is Not Always About Choice

Ishmale Powell is a 15-year-old high school graduate whose story has gone viral—not just because of his scholastic achievement and age — but because he has to crowdsource for his post-secondary education despite having a 4.5 grade point average, 1130 SAT score, and 22 ACT score). READ MORE

By the Numbers:

HBCUs have produced 30 Pro Football Hall of Fame members…There are seven NBA  members and 3 coaches in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame…the National Track & Field Hall has 12 members and seven coaches…only three members have reached the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame; 10- Canadian Football League; Olympics- 20 men and 29 women and counting. READ MORE

Those We Touch

Those We Touch

By Edd J. Hayes

As a designated “hoops dad,” I found myself chauffeuring my teenage daughter and a few of her friends to games and practices. They became like my own and I would constantly be in their heads…talking basketball and the importance of making good grades, and the value of looking forward to going to college.
(It was amazing to watch my daughter who went from a dainty little girl to someone who idolized Charles Oakley and tried to imitate his rugged domination around the rim.  She played on a Truman High School team that went 16-2 in her senior year and even made the City playoffs, but was no match for the bigger and more talented teams around the city).
Only one of them- the “big” center (she was only 5-10) had any real potential to garner a scholarship at the next level, so I felt it was important to encourage them to be academically prepared to get into a school. It may have seemed my rants went right over their heads.

In the end, a number of them did make the transition to the next level with the help of their parents and guidance counselors.
There was one girl who I would drop off after practice, who was a really decent player I thought, but seemed quite distant and not focused. But, I kept encouraging her, trying to draw her out but it didn’t seem to register. Little did I know (until my daughter shared her dilemma with me) how unstable things were for her at home. It seems she had been abandoned by her mother and was being cared for by her elderly grandmother, who had meager resources and little knowledge about helping her to carve out a career path for herself. 

After graduation, my daughter went on to Hampton University and we lost contact with the young lady.  A few years later, after graduation, my daughter came home for the Christmas holidays and told me her old classmate had contacted her on FaceBook. She asked how I was doing and told her to “thank me.”
Curiously, I asked why she was thanking me. She revealed how I had inspired her to attend college and now she was in dental school!
I couldn’t have felt more proud at that moment as if she was one of my own..
In fact, she was one of my own! I know now what it means to be a part of a village. My only regret was I didn’t reach out to more of them.
And… maybe I did.
This is the passion we all can share if we realize the value of trying to make a difference to those who may not have the support and resources to help them achieve their potential.
I firmly believe that investing in someone else’s child and expecting nothing in return is just as rewarding taking care of your own. They deserve the chance and can use our help to prepare for live itself. There are hundreds of men and women who spend their time in gyms and centers who can testify to that.
Black colleges need our help too!
In these times of limited resources and other challenges, we need to stand firm in our support of HBCUs!
In the spirit of giving, we can bind together to help solidify the future for others and perhaps put them in the best position to succeed.

What’s your opinion?

“I firmly believe that investing in someone else’s child and expecting nothing in return is just as rewarding as taking care of
your own”