The mission of the Legal Defense Coalition for the Preservation of HBCUs is to explore inequality and discriminatory practices of inequity funding and academic programs as well as preserving the history of the three (3) Public HBCUs in Georgia.
I think the reason HBCUs are still needed is simply to educate students who need somewhere to study, just like all colleges. I think the main issue for HBCUs to those who question their relevance is simply the label HBCU. I feel if several of the other schools held the label HWCU they would probably be facing similar judgement. The main difference is one label is something to be proud of (HBCU=educating those who other institutions refused admittance) and the other is one of shame (HWCU= refusing to educate those who you believe to be inferior simply based on the color of their skin). I am currently a senior Mechanical Engineering major at Tuskegee University. This summer I am completing my third Co-op term with Southern Nuclear. While there are several African American engineers in the industry, the majority of them come from HBCUs. Somehow there is a widespread misconception that attending an HBCUs is an academic death sentence. Of the many friends I have who do not attend HBCUs the majority of those who frown upon HBCUs and turn up their noses at the mention of the phrase HBCU tend to be African American students. I do no understand where this thinking that If the people running it look like me, it must be bad has come from but it is having a damaging effect on HBCUs.
Great post. I read Academically Adrift last February and what was striking to me is how the anieevemhct gap persists into college graduation. Culturally we still believe that if we can get a kid into a decent college, that closes the gap and the kid has all the opportunities in the world, but based on the data, that’s not even close. I am also disappointed that the media did not pick up on that finding because I think it’s major. Interesting stuff on HBCUs, too. I’m going to look at that- thanks!
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