Kentucky State U. Drops One-Quarter of Student Body, Citing Tuition Owed

Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 3, 2014

Kentucky State University announced on Wednesday it had dropped 645 students–roughly 25 percent of its enrollment–because they had not paid tuition, according to the university’s website. The university’s president, Raymond M. Burse, cited a $7-million budget deficit in the decision to disenroll students who owed the university more than $1,000 in tuition, fees, or room and board.

According to the historically black institution, students with outstanding debt were warned 22 times in the past 14 months of the university’s plan to hold them to account. Kentucky State’s foundations paid the debts of students who owed less than $1,000, and some scholarships were given to delinquent students who were set to graduate this year or were first-time college students.

“We have done everything we can to help students who need it the most,” Mr. Burse said in a written statement on the website. “The last thing we want to ever do is remove a student from enrollment, but the university cannot endure the entire burden.”



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  • Don’t you know anything about black economics by now? College, food and housing are supposed to be free. You pay top dollar for basketball shoes, hair weave and garish wheels.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Well to be fair in black colleges I think all they study is basketball shoes, hair weaves and garish wheels. So why pay twice I guess.

      • APaige

        Nothing says failure like Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

        • A white graduate of a HBCU gets a diploma that isn’t worth the paper it is printed on. If the original name had been kept, it would be the Kentucky State Normal School for Colored Persons, and white student enrollment would be 0 instead of 667.

      • me

        Nuh-uh! They also study Ebonics, African ‘inventions’, African pyramid building, communism, and constitutional law….just like Barry and Eric.

  • Oh, dear me, another HBCU going bankrupt? However will we cope with that, unless we are told to look at shiny things on TV and President Oogabooga’s new tan suit?

    • MekongDelta69

      I think that was the WORST suit I’ve EVER seen on ANYBODY. I kid you not.

      • StillModerated

        O’Bomber should have talked this duffer’s tailor.

        • Whitetrashgang

          Hell that’s going to be our next President, or at least first lady.

        • bilderbuster

          Big Mike the Jolly Pink Giant?

        • My suit is charcoal grey, wool, off-the-rack from a KG Men’s store, but I strongly suspect that pink monstrosity was custom-made. What retailer would actually stock anything so tacky in the forlorn hope someone would eventually want it?

          • TL2014

            You’d be amazed:)

          • Katherine McChesney

            Remember Freddy’s Fashion Mart?

    • Whitetrashgang

      Black people also do like shiny things, I just don’t know if they have courses for that at college.

      • Fish like shiny things. I use spinner lures wif dat rotating shiny ting and dat jes be settin dem off. For a Colorado-style spinner I use two barrel swivels, a treble hook, two split rings and a piece of scrap aluminum I have cut and then painted in two contrasting colors on one side. The treble hook gets a brush tied onto it in three sections. I use coyote hair for that. Those are lethal on bass. These cost me about 60 cents each to make, and since I have caught almost 20 good fish with one, this works out to 33 fish per dollar, or 10 to 15 cents a pound.

        The coyote hair I use is off a roadkill I skinned and tanned hair-on 20 years ago. I have also used human hair tying flies and making lures, my own. I know of nobody who admits to using human hair in fishing flies or lures.

        I was described in college in California as just a $h!t-kicker from Colorado. I still am, and I did go back to Colorado. I can not imagine a better place for me.

        I don’t like shiny. I prefer durable. The difference between us and them is biological.

        • Bill Moore

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          • I easily piss off the cops, but at age 48, they haven’t shot me yet, so I must be doing something right. The feds gave me a mandatory head-shrinker for three years, and that did some good. Justin Lincoln, every Saturday. I angered my childhood best friend, Edward by describing his housemate as a “mudshark” in private conversation. He wrote to me while I was locked up, but won’t talk to me now. His pity for me is in retrospect completely humiliating.

            Ed said he was sick of making excuses for me. I never asked him to do that.

            Whatever I write here is the product of pain.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      “Oh, dear me, another HBCU going bankrupt?”

      That is OK. They will just give all the students scholarship at Yale, Harvard, or some other Historically Oppressive White University (HOWU).



  • Howard W. Campbell

    Will the U. N. determine that a HBCU is a human right? Imagine if Whitebread U. dropped one black for non payment, it might draw the same response as putting up white & colored signs.

  • MekongDelta69

    Didn’t KSU get the word that blacks don’t HAVE to pay for ANYTHING?

    I’m calling Eric Hold ‘Em Up, right after he gets back from prosecuting… Umm… persecuting… Umm… investigating the cops in Ferguson.

    • bilderbuster

      I believe “Probe” is the word you’re looking for.

      • Alexandra1973

        “Probe” is definitely appropriate, if you take my meaning. As in sticking it to “da man.”

  • phorning

    “According to the historically black institution, students with
    outstanding debt were warned 22 times in the past 14 months of the
    university’s plan to hold them to account”

    I take this to mean they allowed students who had not paid everything owed for last school year to enroll again for the current year before deciding to drop them when the semester started. Who could think this was a good idea?

  • What a great loss to the nation.Imagine wot these students would’ve accomplished.

    • De Doc

      We should mourn the loss of all those potential ‘African American Studies’ majors.

  • Malgus

    Caught this on the news.

    Every single “student” that was interviewed was black. I could barely understand one word in three being spoken.

  • Alexandra1973

    Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition?

    • me

      LGBT Coalition….

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    Somebody’s gotta pay the bills.


      Billz bez raciss son,,,, na-imeen?

  • Strider73

    According to the historically black institution, students with
    outstanding debt were warned 22 times in the past 14 months of the
    university’s plan to hold them to account.

    Apparently the warning letters were written in standard English rather than Ebonics.

    • me

      Now, be fair! The letters could have been written in cursive….

      • Ngati Pakeha

        Poor old Jenteal. She should be used as an “expert” witness in all self-defense shootings.

  • Sick of it

    Kentucky is 86.3% white and only 7.8% black. The relatively low number of white students is more surprising.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Really? Perhaps I am tipping my hand but. . . what white person wants a degree from an HBCU?

      • Ngati Pakeha

        What better way to prove your libtard bona fides other than going this method if you can’t make the Ivy. I’ve heard of white students going to Howard Law to better their chances of making that magical “top 10%” of the class, hence being actively recruited as opposed to being one of hundreds going door-to-door.

      • Sick of it

        A poor white student can often receive a scholarship to attend such colleges.

        • convairXF92

          They also take white students who have flunked out of better colleges and who are being denied transfer admission almost everywhere else.

      • Look_A_Squirrel

        Morehouse – the “Ivy League” of black colleges is 100% black – except for one white student about 5 years ago who was also its valedictorian.

  • Easyrhino

    No doubt most of those given the boot would have gone on to Cal-Tech’s jet-propulsion lab program.

    Am I wrong, I axe you?

  • me

    Our future astrophysicists, brain surgeons, and quantum physicists! Oh, no!

  • KyraNelson

    Hey y’all-Thats Raciss!

  • joe pat

    google black invention myths. Quite astonishing what they claim to have invented.

  • Peter Connor

    Hmm, ebonomics isn’t working…..

  • Ngati Pakeha

    I guess they aren’t going to meet us half-way with Ebola either.?

  • Look_A_Squirrel