Category Archives: Education

The Comeback of Morris Brown College: 135 Year-Old HBCU Takes the Path to Restoring Accreditation

Rumors about the death of Morris Brown College were greatly exaggerated. Some naysayers had counted the college out, while others assumed the venerable, historically Black educational institution, which had fallen on hard times, was now defunct and laid to rest. The Atlanta-based HBCU, a private, coeducational, liberal arts college, was founded in 1881 by the… Read More »

Campaign Challenge: Fix the African American Student Loan Crisis

This year’s presidential race has spotlighted an often-overlooked aspect of the student loan crisis: the disproportionate college debt burden shouldered by African American students. The average $71,086 price tag for higher education at a four-year public institution is already well beyond the reach of most middle-class families. But for African American students, the cost of… Read More »

Spurring African-American STEM Degree Completion

Early in his Administration, President Obama made improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education a priority. To meet the nation’s evolving workforce needs, America will need to add 1 million more STEM professionals by 2022.[1] To meet this need and bring welcome diversity to STEM industries, we must continue to support and encourage STEM… Read More »

UNCF and Fund II Foundation Launch $48 Million STEM Scholarship for African American Students

UNCF and Fund II Foundation announced the launch of a major scholarship program benefiting African American students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program is a $48 million initiative aimed at addressing diversity gaps that exist in the STEM fields by creating… Read More »

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton vow help for HBCUs

One of the first questions national civil rights leaders asked Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders in separate meetings recently was how each would help struggling historically black colleges and universities. The issue is a top priority for black voters, a key voting bloc in the South, where the two Democratic presidential candidates have ramped… Read More »

The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools

In almost all major American cities, most African American and Hispanic students attend public schools where a majority of their classmates qualify as poor or low-income, a new analysis of federal data shows. This systemic economic and racial isolation looms as a huge obstacle for efforts to make a quality education available to all American… Read More »

Investing in HBCUs Is Key to Our Future

If we want to restore the basic bargain of America — that if you work hard, you can get ahead — the most important step we can take is to produce more college graduates. The typical college graduate earns more than half a million dollars extra over the course of his or her life compared… Read More »