The End of the Line for St. Paul’s College?

JBHE, June 2, 2013

St. Paul’s College, the historically Black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia, held its 125th commencement last month where 51 students earned degree. Now we learn that it may well be its last. The college  has informed the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools that is will cease operations as of June 30.

The college, founded in 1888, is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Last fall, it was notified that it would lose its accreditation. In November, St. Augustine’s University, another HBCU in Raleigh, North Carolina, that is also affiliated with the Episcopal Church, announced that it was exploring the possibility of taking over the operation of St. Paul’s and merging the two institutions. But in May, St. Augustine’s University president Dianne Boardley Suber called off the planned merger saying that “the acquisition of Saint Paul’s College, at this time, would significantly challenge the fiscal stability of Saint Augustine’s University.”

St. Paul’s College immediately began what it termed “an urgent appeal to alumni and friends” to raise enough money to keep the college from closing down. The campaign titled “The Time Is Now: The Legacy Is Forever” was more than $400,000 short of its goal after raising $185,000 in the month of May.

The university has told students that it will assist them in transferring to other institutions of higher education. University officials stated that they hope the closing is temporary and that some way can be found to reopen the college.

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  • StillModerated

    I guess the outreach by the Episcopal Church to the ex-slaves has foundered. The faculty looks rather Whitish. Maybe it can be reincarnated as a mohammedan college instead. There could be classes in Taqqiyeh 101, Creative Uses for Pressure Cookers 105, Whining About Racism 203, How To Make Infifdels Support Our Burgeoning Families 208, etc.

    • Morris LeChat

      yeah, but once this crowd clears out, the pizza places will be able to start delivery service again.

    • borogirl54

      What about classes in how to make Muslim headscarfs and burkas?

      • OlderWoman

        Would McCall’s, Vogue and Simplicity have patterns one could purchase to make them?

        • borogirl54

          I doubt it.

  • Morris LeChat

    I bet there are some major shenanigans that would be uncovered if one took a close look at the books. Or perhaps, like Detroit, they spent money on silly aggrandizements, such as the gold chairs in the library

    http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/2011/05/1000-for-chair-for-library-in-detroit.html

    • Invictus_1

      Nah, just no white girls around campus.

  • evilsandmich

    St. Paul’s College immediately began what it termed “an urgent appeal to alumni…

    Much too late to wish that your graduates got degrees in something other than “Black Studies”

    • Morris LeChat

      human resource employees all over the country just got a request for “gibs”

  • MBlanc46

    Isn’t it about time for “historically black colleges” to be going the way of the dinosaurs, in any case? They aren’t how “integration” was supposed to work.

    • Morris LeChat

      I say, bring segregation back.

      • MBlanc46

        I think that blacks would certainly profit from it in education.

        • Kalel Jorelson

          They would! They would! Segregation is best for all the races and cultures of the world. We all need “a room of our own” so to speak… or “living room” as someone once described it, possibly most famously in a European language other than English….

        • The__Bobster

          http://www.vdare.com/articles/guess-what-schumer-rubio-ignores-collision-course-between-affirmative-action-and-immigratio

          The “pipeline problem”— NAM (black and Hispanic) students exhibiting low average performance at all levels of the educational system—is made worse by Affirmative Action in college admissions.

          NAM students admitted on lower standards than whites and Asians will of course underperform in their college careers.

          The related “mismatch problem,” subject of another recent book, arises when NAM students who might prosper and develop confidence in lower-ranked colleges flounder in elite schools, while those low-ranked colleges are deprived of students who might add luster to their reputations.

          (Russell Nieli told me that if you read Mismatch and his book, you will have the complete case against Affirmative Action in detail. I am sure he’s right; but both are scholarly books written in measured tones. If your taste runs to something with more polemical zip, I recommend Steven Farron’s 2005 book The Affirmative Action Hoax

          The lower-ranked colleges respond by “downward-raiding,” admitting NAM students who would be happier and more successful at still less competitive schools…and so on downwards, mismatching at all levels.

          • Summed up: “The race to the bottom”, and this is exactly how this diploma mill lost its accreditation.

          • me

            “Because a waste is a terrible thing to mind…..”

          • The__Bobster

            A mind is a terrible thing to waste….on a Bantu.

  • Spartacus

    Where are they gonna transfer to ? The Chicken and Watermelon Academy ?

    • Morris LeChat

      no “da flim flam law school”

    • r j p

      Contrary to their lawsuit against an onion grower, blacks want nothing to do with agriculture. Agricultural work only reminds them of the terrible legacy of slavery

    • refocus

      These students, heretofore under recognized for their exemplary habits of study and vast accomplishments, must move in mass to William and Mary. This will help W&M atone for its horrendous past as a slave master and show those uppity whites what they have been missing.

  • Romulus

    Every once in a great while, good news appears.

  • Romulus

    Alot of them may very well become farm equipment again if the illusory paper economy tanks.

    • Morris LeChat

      no one is going to fall for THAT one again! Look, a tractor wont rob you or rape your daughter…or pit bull

      • Romulus

        I’ve posted a number of sources for you to investigate on your own. Whether you choose to ignore it or not is your choice. Here In the government( which agency, im not at liberty to say) we know exactly what the PROVEN reserves in the world will yield. We can project consumption demand and growth against those models. The stimulus packages were nothing more than printing paper and has no actual value. That is what is called abstract finance. The gold buying commercials your viewing is an effort to back up funds with hard currency as well as mining to increase supply. Im not authorized to provide insider documents, so I tried to guide you to the civilian equivalents. If you like , I’ll put together a hard copy synopsis or repost pertinent sources. Americas Energy problems as well as , social and demographics are on a collision course whether the vast majority are aware of it or not.

        • Morris LeChat

          what are you talking about? I was referring the obsolete farm equipment- blacks. Do you think THEY will run a farm? No, who’d want to pay for one of their kind?

          • Romulus

            Senior moment; completely misconstrued your comment. I’ve been crunching numbers,reports and meetings all day.

          • StillModerated

            Well, I look forward to the report. Post the link.

          • Romulus

            It will take awhile to compile,please be patient. I will be as thorough and uncomplicated as I can.

          • Morris LeChat

            Forgiven

          • Romulus

            Thank you ,I’ve been worn out intellectually and emotionally all week. We’ve been having some battles here at work. There’s been some casualties of political correctness. It takes alot of mental Energy to deal with pseudo intellectual groids everyday. Its like arguing with koko(the other primate). I’ve been actively engaged in looking for a transfer within govt for awhile now. I loathe being in this city everyday. Its like like an ethnic salad bowl. There’s massive surveillance, the PC police are always ready to pounce, and hardly a venue I can relate to.

      • r j p

        Pit bull …. nice one Morris.

  • Strider73

    Those dolts who coughed up $185K to the futile fundraising drive had better not hold their breaths waiting to get their money back.

    The real surprise here is that the head of a HBCU (Ms. Suber at St. Augustine’s) actually exercised fiscal responsibility. Blowing the money and then trolling for a federal bailout is the SOP for such people.

  • MekongDelta69

    This came from the Journal of Black in Higher Education, so OF COURSE they made a grammatical mistake in their very first sentence:

    St. Paul’s College, the historically Black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia, held its 125th commencement last month where 51 students earned degree.

    How about?:
    St. Paul’s College, the historically Black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia, held its 125th commencement last month where 51 students earned [a] degree.

    Just a thought…

    • Morris LeChat

      article be ray-ciss yo

    • The__Bobster

      Or:

      “St. Paul’s College, the historically Black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia, held its 125th commencement last month where 51 students earned degrees.”

      • MekongDelta69

        True, but I didn’t want to confuse them with actual choices.

        After all, they can’t even get one of them right…

      • r j p

        I tried finding a list of faculty on their website but couldn’t. I was wondering how many instructors are necessary for a college to grant 51 students degrees one of five possible degrees.
        .
        I did see though that they have a 183 acre campus, which works out to a lot of space per student. One thing I didn’t notice though was the phone number for the “Die-versity Office”.

      • shmo123

        While we’re picking nits, 51 should be written out–fifty one.

    • StillModerated

      Chez whuuuuht?

  • The__Bobster

    But in May, St. Augustine’s University president Dianne Boardley Suber called off the planned merger saying that “the acquisition of Saint Paul’s College, at this time, would significantly challenge the fiscal stability of Saint Augustine’s University.”
    _______

    Ah, she discovered massive fraud and embezzlement as the rats deserted a sinking ship.

  • APaige

    Only white people spend money on educating blacks.

  • Dagworthy

    Since the Civil Rights Act – for almost 50 years – black students with ability have been recruited into better schools than the typical HBCU. In many cases, they found themselves completely over their heads, competing with far better white and Asian students.

    • r j p

      Are you saying MO or BO were over her head?
      .
      At least MO’s thesis is out there for us to laugh at, would love to see the writings of a “Harvard Law Review” editor that has written nothing.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Send ’em all over to William and Mary College.

  • OberverofSlavery

    Affirmative action, quotas, timetables, minority recruiting – this is what has destroyed the historically black colleges. Now, instead of having their own thing, blacks must take whatever the white liberals condescend to give them. These people have become voluntary serfs – lower than slaves. Sad for them.

    • MBlanc46

      It’s not just colleges. Almost all of the enterprises owned and run by blacks during segregation disappeared with integration.

  • shmo123

    At first I wondered if they have an office of “Diversity” with the head making 250k a year, and all the underlings chalking up considerably more, that they could eliminate and save a few bucks. Then I remembered they’re an HBCU, which must automatically qualify them for some sort of de facto pass–I mean, why do you need an office of diversity when you’re 100% diverse already?

  • Laager

    “St. Paul’s College, the historically Black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia ….. immediately began ….. a campaign titled “The Time Is Now: The Legacy Is Forever” ….. “an urgent appeal to alumni and friends” to raise enough money to keep the college from closing down ….. it was more than $400,000 short of its goal after raising $185,000 in the month of May.”

    It just shows how much the alumni and friends value education.

  • libertarian1234

    “Black college likely to close. Students will have to transfer.”

    The only right way to make a correct transfer would be to give each student an academic achievement test, which would enable them to stay together in the same eighth grade class in public school.

  • moon

    One problem is that many non-HBCUs including some of the most prestigious schools are going out of their way to make it easier for black male students to receive admissions (and have endless opportunities to start sexually harassing white boys and girls who attend the school)

  • Paleoconn

    This isn’t really good news. They will just come to other colleges and get racial preferences. I’m all for having lots and lots of black colleges.

  • The gibbs mez dat diploma mill is broke OMG. What will all those basketballzs players gonnz duzs. Call Al and Jessie Jr when he gets out of jail for some cash.