Maryland Universities Unnecessarily Duplicated the Programs of Black Colleges, Court Rules

Carrie Wells, Baltimore Sun, October 8, 2013

A federal judge ruled Monday that Maryland hasn’t done enough to help the state’s four historically black colleges and universities overcome segregation-era policies that required separate programs for white and black students.

In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake found that state universities have continued to unnecessarily duplicate the programs of the four historically black institutions, violating the constitutional rights of those students. Plaintiffs had argued that the historically black colleges were hurt because neighboring institutions offered similar programs, siphoning away students.

But Blake also found that the state’s funding of historically black universities did not violate the rights of students—throwing out a longstanding complaint by the HBCUs.

“The State has never dismantled the . . . duplication of programs that facilitated segregation—and it has maintained policies and practices that have even exacerbated this problem,” Blake wrote.

The court found that a lack of unique academic programs that are in high demand has hurt recruitment at these historically black colleges and universities. The black institutions have 11 such programs compared with 122 at traditionally white institutions.

While Blake did not offer a specific remedy, she wrote that a likely outcome would be “expansion of mission and program uniqueness and institutional identity” at historically black institutions. In addition, she wrote that “the transfer or merger of select high demand programs” from traditionally white institutions to historically black ones would likely be needed.

She urged the parties to enter into mediation.

In a statement, Samantha Kappalman, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, said the administration was pleased that the court “recognized our commitment” to correct a historical imbalance in funding the HBCUs.

But, she said, “We respectfully disagree with the court’s conclusions regarding duplication. We are continuing to review today’s decision and are considering all of our options, including resolving the lone remaining issue through constructive mediation.”

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Michael D. Jones, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said in a statement that they looked forward to determining which programs could be “transferred” to HBCUs.

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Morgan State’s master’s in business administration degree and Bowie State’s master’s in computer science degree were cited as examples of popular programs that were undermined by competing programs at traditionally white institutions.

A joint master’s program in business administration at the University of Baltimore and Towson University was created in 2005 over the objections of Morgan State.

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The plaintiffs had argued that the state needed to do much more to make up for decades of underfunding the historically black universities, and that the colleges also needed more money because they must provide access and opportunities for low-income families. The court found the state’s current funding is adequate.

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  • TheCogitator

    Why doesn’t the court come out and say it: No matter how much you do for blacks, it will never be enough.

  • scutum

    Judge Catherine Blake was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After receiving an A.B.
    from Radcliffe College in 1972, she enrolled in Harvard Law School, where she received a J.D. in 1975. In 1995 Magistrate Judge Blake became a federal judge on the United
    States District Court for the District of Maryland. She was nominated by
    President Bill Clinton on May 4, 1995, to a seat vacated by John R. Hargrove. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 11, 1995, and
    received her commission on August 14, 1995.

    Need we say more about Judge Blake?

  • Erasmus

    I have met graduates of HBCU, and they are dumber than bricks. Would most programs at HBCUs even pass muster at real colleges and universities?

    • borogirl54

      I have met Spellman college graduates and they were highly intelligent delightful young women.

  • If the goal is to get rid of racial separatism, why are they encouraging it by forcing the “mainstream” state university to get rid of programs to encourage blacks to go to HBCUs?

  • Luca

    Isn’t it marvelous how blacks and politicians can preach the evils of segregation and at the same ask for more funding to maintain black colleges?

    Maryland says they have adequate funding, but if these HBCU’s have the staff and administration I think they do, the money is siphoned off through waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and incompetence.

    • sbuffalonative

      Historically white institutions must be destroyed. Historically black institutions must be promoted, encouraged, and funded at all cost.

      • Erasmus

        In other words, the dumbing down of America continues apace.

  • Spartacus

    “…historically black colleges and universities”

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    Now that’s a contradiction in terms if I ever saw one .

  • sbuffalonative

    “But Blake also found that the state’s funding of historically black universities did not violate the rights of students—throwing out a longstanding complaint by the HBCUs.”

    Blacks, the angels of the human race. Innocent victims of the racist white man’s hate policies.

  • Andy

    If you don’t duplicate black college programs, then you don’t have the program available for whites.

  • me

    It’s not the school, the courses, the funding, the teachers, the subject matter, or ‘unequal’ education–it’s the IQ of the Bantu, silly ‘judge’ Catherine Blake!

  • Rhialto

    When the Fed judges declared Segregated schools unconstytushunal and FedGov began subsidizing public education, the Liberals assured Americans that this would not engender FedGov control over public education. Once again the Liberals were wrong.

  • JohnEngelman

    The court found that a lack of unique academic programs that are in high demand has hurt recruitment at these historically black colleges and universities. The black institutions have 11 such programs compared with 122 at traditionally white institutions.

    – Carrie Wells, Baltimore Sun, October 8, 2013

    Most blacks would not be able to get meaningful passing grades in those high demand courses. They would be too demanding.

  • cecilhenry

    ARe there any historically white universities???

    What are their interests??

    Ask a liberal such a basic question.

  • APaige

    How does it violate the rights of students to offer more than one program? It would seem that eliminating a program would be more of a violation. Also “unique academic programs that are in high demand has hurt recruitment” if it is in high demand that should help recruitment? I see a lot of white students changing majors.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Forced integration is as wrong as forced segregation and only a liberal is too stupid to comprehend that.

  • MBlanc46

    And yet she apparently thinks that “historically black colleges” are perfectly non-discriminatory.

  • IKantunderstand

    Perhaps what should be done is have everybody who thinks they are getting an M.B.A from Harvard, find out that they are actually getting a degree from Morehouse, and vice versa. Voila! EQUALITY!!!