Category Archives: Education

Spelman College ends Cosby professorship

A historically black college is discontinuing its endowed professorship with Bill Cosby after recent details emerged of his testimony in a sexual-assault lawsuit. Spelman told The Associated Press in a statement Friday that the college has parted ways with the 78-year-old actor and comedian. A deposition released this month shows the married father of five… Read More »

From Storm To STEM: Rebuilding Xavier University

New Orleans’ thriving Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically African-American Catholic institution located in the heart of the city, is a pillar in the community and a pioneer in its efforts to decrease race and gender gaps in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. In fact, the mostly-female (72 percent) student body is entrenched… Read More »

Investments in education must go beyond financial support

The benefits and advantages of a college education are indisputable. More specifically, for 150 years, historically black colleges and universities have served as engines of social mobility for millions of students — primarily first-generation, low-income, minority students who are underrepresented among the ranks of the college educated. And these colleges and universities tackle their task… Read More »

Black Students Outpacing Other Groups for Loans

It is no secret that students are funding their college educations with more and more loans. The total outstanding student loan debt has reached $1.2 trillion, 93 percent in the form of federal student loans and the remainder from private lenders. Students of all races and ethnicities are taking out loans, but a larger percentage… Read More »

FAMU is Poised to Be a Global Leader in Agricultural Research and Innovation

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., testified yesterday before the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11). Mangum was one of six 1890 land-grant university (LGU) presidents selected to testify before the Committee. The five other participating universities were Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Fort Valley… Read More »

Second Morrill Act Redux: America’s 1890s Land Grant Universities Academic Excellence

Booker T. Washington. George Washington Carver. Educators par excellence. Pioneers in food and agricultural scientific research. Dedicated their lives to helping “lift the veil of ignorance” by bringing knowledge to African-Americans and others with limited resources. For 125 years, since passage of the Second Morrill Act on Aug. 30, 1890, which created a “broader education… Read More »

Save Afrocentric Schools, Save History

Back in the summer of 1955, young Emmett Till was visiting family in Money, Mississippi. One day he whistled at a white woman. A few nights later, two men beat him, gouged an eye out and shot him in the head. They tied him by the neck to a heavy cotton gin and dumped his… Read More »