The Hard Knocks of Recession Are Banging on the Doors of Black Colleges

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Things are getting hard for a lot of entities in the U.S., and HBCU’s are feeling the financial strain as well:

Reuters is reporting that black colleges in the United States are reeling from the impact of a recession that has hit their funding and are struggling to retain poor and middle income students.

The big government economic stimulus package President Barack Obama is expected to sign today could provide some relief in a downturn that is hurting dozens of small, private universities set up for African Americans that lack big endowments and rely on tuition fees.

The colleges are a legacy of an era when black students were barred from white-dominated higher education. Although the country now has its first black president in Obama, these institutions still play a valuable role, educators and politicians say.

Many U.S. universities have been affected by the recession, which has eroded state and private funding for education. But a majority of students at black colleges come from low- or middle-income families, making them and their schools more vulnerable to the economic squeeze. As it bites, students struggle to get loans and scholarships, and the colleges struggle to pay bills.

In a dramatic example, Clark Atlanta University laid off 70 of its 229 full-time faculty members and consolidated classes in its arts and science school last week when 300 students out of an enrollment of about 4,000 failed to return for the spring semester because of cost.

“Ninety-eight percent of our students require financial aid. As that became less accessible, increasingly our students have found they were unable to return,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Jiles.

As if there weren’t enough challenges with getting black kids to go to school.  SMH

Suggestions, anyone??

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  • told you so

    education reform and easier state/fed assistance. not to mention HBCU’s need better instructors.

  • Aunt Viv

    I didn’t go to an HBCU, but it’s still sad to hear about the situation😦

  • http://dicooper.spaces.live.com/ DICooper

    Well this would be a far cry for the correct appropriation of stimulus money, but certainly a deserving cause.

    I know that Tom Joyner is doing his part, but a lot of alumni need to start digging in their pockets, myself included.

    The Talented Tenth could afford to have better memories of their School Daze. Too many of us start making dough and forget all about the struggle.

  • told you so

    oooh. 1st.
    Now back to my soap box. HBCU’s need to get more/better assistance from government. They need to attract bettor instructors/professors which means they need to provide better compensation for those that choose to become faculty at HBCU’s. HBCU’s need to work very hard at remaining accredited. There is a ton more shit they can do to remain viable educational institutions but frankly after getting my degree from one, I put the place far behind me.

  • http://dicooper.spaces.live.com/ DICooper

    And I don’t know about all of the HBCUs, I’m really just an expert on one: The Mecca.

    Howard Unversity has some of the best professors in the game. The cosmopolitan city of DC keeps the big names happy, and I believe that is the major difference for the Bison.

  • MACK

    ^^^^ Tru Dat @ DICooper

  • truth, iam a girl

    Yes it has happened to me … and a friend..DARN YOU SCHOOLS AND LOANS AND AMERICA!!! wE CANT GET IN TO SCHOOL CAUSE OF MONEY!!!

  • told you so

    Yeah, not all HBCU’s produce alum that can afford to give back to the institutions.
    Sadly, more than a few may have to close. In order to keep most of them up, it’s going to take a concerted effort from some of the more successful HBCU’s possibly loaning the small institutions instructors or money in order to remain competitive or some type of government incentives to teach at those troubled institutions.

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    Wow!! I attended an HBCU (UAPB) It’s sad to see that these institutions are having these struggles. The experience of going to an HBCU has it’s up’s and down’s but I’m not going to elaborate and crank up any arguments. I hope things get better

  • Miss_Missy

    Proud graduate of a HBCU (Xavier University of Louisiana- #1 in placing African American Students into Medical Schools and #1 in producing African Americans with degrees in the Physical Sciences ((sorry for the promo lol)) ).

    I support HBCU’s and I hope that all schools public and private can pull through this w/o having to make drastic changes that will hurt the schools in the long run.

  • jena4rmthablock

    I aint surprised, some HBCU’s dont handle their funds correctly. I know I went to one. To those who are a victim of the times, I am sorry, but other money loitering HBCU’s got what they had coming…

  • shar

    Its the same in the UK after our greedy incompetent politicians make us pay. So then they have to bus in graduates when they have wasted resourses (uneducated citizens).

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    @ jena

    How true, I was shocked at how many faculty members have been removed for skimmin of the top at my former school

  • Michael B

    I am a Freshman at Hampton University and yea it ain easy.. Im sittin here now tryna figure how imma get here next year. It would be greatly appreciated if we as students could get support from other sources…

  • Colonel Stinkmeaner

    I went to an HBCU. I would be crushed if this recession takes a heavy toll on HBCU’s.

  • circa-81

    This a highly unfortunate situation for these students. I’m hoping that this will not ruin their pursuits of ultimately attaining diplomas. As a new parent I started stacking money away for my son as soon as he was born 6 months ago just because of the rising case in intuition. Well to the students that is on this thread best of luck and stay focused.

  • circa-81

    I’m thinking that this is the only thing worth posting about today.

  • circa-81

    *rising cost in tuition.*

  • Mr. Cool

    It is time for these Universities to reinvest back into their university and tap the alumni base for more funds.

    The alumni base is saying just show me where you are using the funds.

  • EXCUSE THE CAPS I AINT MAD.........

    CAU CHARGE TOO DAMN MUCH FOR NOTHING. I KNOW PLENTY OF PEOPLE WHO WENT TO CLARK AND THEY DIDNT GET ANYTHING BUT A HUGE BILL AND NO JOB. SOME EVEN MODEL T-SHIRTS FOR BOSSIP. LOL. ITS REDICULOUS YOU CAN GO TO A BLACK SCHOOL IF YOU WANT BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY LIKE ALOT OF MY GOOD FRIENDS TOLD ME YOU GET BEAT OUT OF A JOB BY ANOTHER PERSON BLACK OR WHITE WHO WENT TO A MIXED SCHOOL. I FEEL THEIR PAIN BUT THE SCHOOL ISNT AFFORDABLE AT ALL.

  • Never Know

    I attended a HBCU and loved it. It serves its purpose for our community its soo sad to read this.

  • niasia

    These institutions should step their game up. Then they wouldn’t have these problems. I thankfully did not attend an HBCU!

  • sdot

    I went to Penn state which is obviously not a HBCU, I know the main reason they don’t lose any money is because 1. tuition is risen every year (which is why a lot of the minority students i started with didn’t graduate and ended working after freshman or sophmore yr) and 2. their alumni donate a hell of a lot of money. Now I know that not all HBCU’s always produce the millionaires, but every little bit helps. I know since I graduated, I get at least 3 calls a semester from PSU asking for money or some fundraiser. They also have a banging Alumni association, with chapters all over the U.S. I think they also need to work on their image, because I know a lot of the minority students that went to school with me didn’t go to an HBCU b/c of “what looks better on paper” Sad but true. W/ the exception of Howard, a lot of students get turned off of HBCU’s b/c they want to have a better chance in the workworld. Myself included, I always wanted to go to an HBCU, but got shut down by my parents b/c they wanted what looked better on paper for me. Don’t get me wrong tho, I LOVE my Penn State, I bleed that Blue and White!

  • blackonit!!!!

    hbcus….thats nigga shit.
    thats not the way of the world people.

  • Divine

    I am also a proud alum of Fisk University, which produces more Black PH.Ds than any university in the country🙂

    We unfortunately have been hit hard by this recession/depression. But like 143 years before, Fisk University is managing to survive.

    HBCUs are important to the history of this country and provide an opportunity for a great education.
    I don’t think HBCUs brag about ourselves enough so I don’t think people are aware of how much we mean to the development of the Black Middle and upper class.

    Fisk is a private school, which means we don’t get a lot of government assistance. We depend on corporate grants and alumni giving. And the school is VERY expensive. I don’t know what it is now but it was $24,000/ year when I was in school and a most of the students pay with loans and scholarships.
    But the education was invaluable. And I consider myself a success and very lucky to have been blessed to be a Fiskite. Alumni who have also been hit hard, have to dig deep an realize we are what we are and have what we have, thanks to the education we recieved at our HBCUs. GIVE, GIVE, GIVE!

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