There’s an Unprecedented Crisis Facing America’s Historically Black Colleges

Peter Jacobs, Business Insider, March 30, 2015

Across the US, historically black colleges and universities are struggling financially–and the nation’s oldest public black college is even on the verge of financial collapse.

Historically black colleges and universities–known as HBCUs–have been part of American higher education for over 150 years. In the past few decades, though, the financial health of many schools has taken a turn for the worst.

HBCUs have struggled with unequal government funding, declining enrollment, and poor leadership.

These problems have plagued both private and public HBCUs, and have gotten worse following the financial recession at the end of the last decade, according to University of Pennsylvania education professor Marybeth Gasman–who heads the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).


Despite their difficulties, these schools have an undeniable impact on minority students–11% of African-American students are enrolled in HBCUs, even though the minority institutions only represent 3% of all colleges and universities, according to the Penn Center for MSIs’ website. Additionally, HBCUs graduate around 20% of African-Americans who earn undergraduate degrees.

Not every HBCU is in danger of closing, though. Gasman noted that even now there is still a wide range in the stability of historically black institutions.

“There are some of them that are quite strong, and have good enrollment, and then there are some that are sort of in the middle, that have to really ramp up their fundraising, and make sure their students graduate,” Gasman said. “And then there are some–probably about 15 of them–that are having a really difficult time.”

Gasman listed several HBCUs that fall into that last category, including the public South Carolina State University and private Wilberforce University.

At SCSU, the university’s accreditation is on probation and state legislators say its total debt exceeds $83 million, according to the Associated Press. The university’s trustees recently fired president Thomas Elzey, the AP reports, while South Carolina’s House and Senate have approved separate proposals to dismiss all the trustees.

Wilberforce–the oldest private HBCU in the nation–is also at risk of losing its accreditation, owing millions of dollars in debt.

Even upper-tier HBCUs are not excluded from the financial hardships. In 2013, a much publicized letter from a Howard University trustee warned that “Howard will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now.”

HBCUs struggle often struggle because they have fewer resources than other colleges–typically due to lower endowments and less money coming in from alumni giving, according to Gasman.

Gasman highlighted Spelman College, an all-women’s school that has an 86% graduation rate and is one of the strongest black colleges, but still can’t compete financially with a predominately white institution (PWI).

“Even though they have a nearly 50% alumni giving rate, Spelman still doesn’t have the same resources of a Wellesley or a Bryn Mawr,” she said.


PLUS loans are direct federal loans that families of students can receive if the student has maxed out their federal financial aid options. However, in fall 2011, the government tightened the criteria for the PLUS loans, and by some accounts did a poor job of informing applicants of the change.

Due to this change, many families were unexpectedly rejected from the PLUS loans program, and unable to send the students stay in college. Between 2011 and 2013, according to US News & World Report, there were 45% fewer PLUS loan recipients at HBCUs.


State-level funding for public colleges used to be based on enrollment criteria, not outcome–which is tied to factors such as graduate rate, Gasman explained. Since public HBCUs tend to enroll a greater number of low-income underprepared students, who are less likely to graduate from college, their funding has taken a hit in many states across the country.

Overall, Gasman emphasized, people need to better understand the contributions of HBCUs on a national scale, both for providing academic opportunities to African-Americans and for opening doors to higher education for a diverse range of students.

“HBCUs provide an environment for students who need to feel empowered and need to feel nurtured in their learning environment,” Gasman said.

These schools, she said, are “doing the work a lot of institutions aren’t willing to do.”


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  • TruthBeTold

    Sheehan Memorial Hospital

    • Fathercoughlin

      I know;its always that same stupid expression:Ah wants someone dat look like ME!

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Then they should go to the zoo, and observe the baboon exhibits…

    • Link?

      • TruthBeTold

        There’s no one link. The Buffalo News reported these stories as they were happening.

        If you’re seriously interested in researching this story, you can go to The Buffalo News website and search: Sheehan Memorial hospital.

        Unfortunately the Buffalo News radically changed their format a few years ago for politically correct reasons (that’s a story unto itself) and it’s difficult to track down past stories.

        I did a search and I found articles. Here’s an excerpt from one story:

        “Decades later — after problems with billing, patient admissions and other issues — Sheehan began to fail, hemorrhaging money to the tune of thousands of dollars a month. It first filed for bankruptcy in 2002 but lost that protection for failing to live up to provisions of the plan. It refiled in 2004.

        Two years later, the hospital emerged from bankruptcy, led first by former Erie County Budget Director Sheila K. Kee, who was president and chief executive officer from 2004 until 2007, and then by Hoeflich.

        Companies like Time Warner are interested in the property now but blacks in Buffalo want the building to be a part of mythical black heritage tour for the area. They want the Michigan Street corridor to be developed as a black heritage ‘theme park’.

        As I said, if you’re interested in the story, search the Buffalo News.

        If you need more help, let me know.

        • WR_the_realist

          I can see the black tour guide now: “Here’s the hospital that we blacks drove into bankruptcy.”

      • TruthBeTold

        Here are a couple headlines you can search at the Buffalo News to get started:




    • Earl P. Holt III

      Nigros could screw-up the Rock of Gibraltar…

    • Earl P. Holt III


      You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear…

    • tetrapod

      “HBCUs have struggled with unequal government funding, declining enrollment, and poor leadership.”

      Government funding…seriously? Just look at Detroit and Selma. That’ll tell you what’s wrong.

      Bottom line … just another excuse to blame white “racism”.

  • TomIron361

    There’s no problem with the “graduation rates.” Just make a quota. If the person enrolls, he/she graduates. Problem solved.

    • Alden

      I think that’s what they have akready

  • Charles Martel

    Perhaps they should adds some math and economics classes.

    • Fathercoughlin

      “If Quantavious gess $75 fo a bag o’ weed,an he sale 5 bag o weed,den he run up a beel at da local shtrip club fo $400,how much he gotta borrow fum he baby momma? “You mean word problems like that?

      • dukem1

        The problem, as stated, does not contain enough information to arrive at a solution.
        Do Quantavious has a gun? A knife?. Or just a posse?

        • daddio


        • Nonhumans

          And he wouldn’t get the difference from mommasow. He’d get that from robbery, burglary, or a payday loan store.

      • PostBunnie

        No better way to teach blacks fractions and metric conversions than with drugs!

        Or basic actuary type analysis.

        “Every transaction has an x% chance of arrest, and y% of arrests result in jail time. How many bags can Quantavius flip before his risk of serving jail time exceeds 50%? ”

        When Math is relevant, kids are more motivated to learn….

        • Alden

          I’d much much rather have them out selling drugs to each other than robbing, beating and sometimes killing Whites

          • Blackfish

            That where the money to BUY the drugs comes from. . .

          • Realist

            Whites allow it.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            Unfortunately they sell drugs to whites too.

      • Alden

        Much too complicated How about: 4 million people live in the city 3 million are on some sort of welfare How many work to pay the taxes for the welfare people

      • Yancy Derringer

        Since he’s not going to tip, just the $25.

    • Hammerheart

      I’m taking a math course at my local community college. The work is performed on computers and is done at your own pace. We’re almost halfway through the semester and the negros who sit next to me still haven’t finished the first section. The instructor said today you should be able halfway through the fourth by now.

      I don’t know if they’re just stupid, defrauding the student loan people, or just don’t have the motivation to succeed.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        HINT: They are STUPID and LAZY…

  • MekongDelta69

    I’m shocked

    C’mon – No I’m not.

  • Greek

    “These schools, she said, are doing the work a lot of institutions aren’t willing to do.”

    I wouldn’t exactly call it work to accept incompetent students that wouldn’t succeed anywhere else and lower their standards. Even while completely catering to blacks and banishing “racism” and all the horrible things in the world they say are holding them back, they still have low graduation rates!

    • Low graduation rate, from a BLACK COLLEGE! Geeze. How can you NOT EVEN GRADUATE from college if all the students in your class are black? Seriously. I know that in school the presence of a few black students ensured that the curve would be easy. Imagine everyone being black. Gosh, and they STILL can’t graduate? I always knew Negroes were stupid, but even I didn’t understand just HOW stupid.

      • Greek

        You’re right, and it’s not only that it’s so easy, but that the faculty are trained to get these students to graduate by any means necessary and they still can’t. These colleges exist to increase the number of black “professionals” by isolating blacks and hoping that they’ll do better in an environment completely focused on their kind. Exactly the opposite of thriving Asian students with limited knowledge of English in a foreign environment. It’s pretty sad. Once there was outrage and anger in the news when the valedictorian at an HBCU giving a speech was white.

  • Dave4088

    It seems everything black, whether schools, neighborhoods, towns and cities, is facing a crises of some sort. It’s called the curse of black African DNA.

    • Avner Lipschitz, DDS

      DNA..? Come on, that’s merely a “social construct”;)

      • AndrewInterrupted

        The Ash-Can-Ozzy have their own DNA issues.

        • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

          Careful now, apparently that’s the only truth that certain people wish to remain unexposed…

    • Who Me?

      Really? When are the powers that be going to realize that blacks simply can not compete on a level playing field or even one tilted sharply in their favor. Therefore the wisest and kindest thing to do for all involved would be to return them all to their native land and let them finally go their own way.

      • Alexandra1973

        I think they’re already aware of that.

        An ex-Jesuit once said that what was needed for takeover was riots and anarchy. I don’t think we’re that far away from a full-blown “bongo party.”

    • JackKrak


      The sons and daughters of Africa have only one “talent” – ruining everything they touch.

      • Blackfish

        Be fair now! Dribbling a basketball, gospel singing, tap dancing, twerking. . .


        • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

          Don’t forget (c)rapping and running real fast!

          • TCA


      • InAFreeCountry

        The Sadim touch? (Midas spelled backwards.)

  • Tarczan

    Whoever this Peter Jacobs guy is, his journalism degree should be immediately recalled. He did a terrible job of blaming whitey; he hardly even tried.

  • SeaMonkey Browser

    Another unfortunate problem is, top schools around the country are determined to have as many black students as possible. Black students will receive acceptance even if they are not even close to white students when it comes to qualifications. And most schools now offer scholarships available only to black students.

    Look at advertisements of colleges around the country. They always contain a black male student which makes me want to puke.

    Colleges think it is such a beautiful sight when a black male student basically attends the schol for free, and gets into a relationship with a white co-ed.

    • Race Heretic

      Look at Harvard – 11% of their students are black. That is almost parity in the population. But all the other Ivies are about half that or less. Harvard gets all the best black students leaving many fewer for the rest of the Ivy League. The effect probably goes down all the way.

      • LexiconD1

        They, and other colleges, may get the black students, but how many of them actually graduate?

        • ekwaykway

          None, next question.

          • Blackfish

            Actually once admitted, it’s hard to flunk out of most top tier private schools.

          • LexiconD1

            That’s a flippant answer. I’d like a honest one. Only then will a real honest debate ensue.

          • ekwaykway

            It was a joke, my weak attempt at humor. Sorry…..

          • LexiconD1

            Ah, thanks. No biggie. Guess it didn’t translate. Happens to all of us.

          • ekwaykway

            I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. My type of sarcasm often flies over peoples heads like MH370!

          • TCA


          • LexiconD1


        • Alden

          Harvard and the rest if the top 50s are as anti White as Noel Ignatiev Tim Wise and Morris Dees
          They shove them through so they can place them in the EEOC DOJ dept of education and other anti White organizations

      • Raymond Kidwell

        That’s the problem. The best black students go to a real college and the leftovers usually attend historically black colleges. Harvard classes aren’t that hard. It’s just really hard to get accepted into the place.

        • dukem1

          It would seem that the racial non-realists should be celebrating the demise of so many HBCU’s…Aren’t these institutions brick and mortar monuments to Jim Crow?…Why else did YT create them?

      • Fathercoughlin

        “Best” black students? I know of one,a guy named David Otunga. (Yes that’s his name) He graduated from Hahvad and Hahvad law. He married Jennifer Hudson and today he is a …professional wrestler. LOLOL!!!

        • dukem1

          BTW…Love your screen name, padre.

      • listenupbub

        The best blacks students are still almost always not that good, at least not in natural intelligence.

        Educationrealist calculated the numbers out. About 1500 blacks broke 700 on either math or reading SAT. There are more blacks than this at the ivy’s. That means the ivy’s are getting about 1800 blacks who are sub 2100, and many who are probably sub 2000. I think that this means that the majority of ivy-league blacks have lower SAT scores than the inter-quartile range at- wait for it- Georgia Tech. About 300 blacks broke 700 on both. That is pretty much a minimum requirement for a white or Asian.

        At Berkeley, they accepted an enthusiastic black boy named Kashawn Cambell. It seems he had real mental problems. Like, he was autistic or something. UC school frequently dip into the 500’s for black students. That is a score that makes some white students hang their heads in shame, and give up on going to college at all. The UC schools are supposed to be darned good.

        • superlloyd

          In a race-neutral competition for the approximately 50,000 places for first-year students at the nation’s 25 top-ranked universities, high-scoring blacks would be buried by a huge mountain of high-scoring non-black students. Today, under prevailing affirmative action admissions policies, there are about 3,000 black first-year students matriculating at these 25 high-ranking universities, about 6 percent of all first-year students at these institutions. But if these schools operated under a strict race-neutral admissions policy where SAT scores were the most important qualifying yardstick, these universities could fill their freshman classes almost exclusively with students who score at the very top of the SAT scoring scale. As shown previously, black students make up less than 1 percent of these high-scoring groups or 244 out of 50,000 or 0.49%. So 2,756 are not there on merit. Those 244 are surely not pureblooded blacks.

          • Alden

            Look at Eric Holder,BB barely black

          • listenupbub

            Huh. One-half of one percent.

            How about among the top 3000 scores? It very well could be that you could count the number of blacks in the freshman class at the top ten schools on your hands. And the blacks who belong in the “elite” are probably either mutants or part white/Asian.

            I am starting to think that the old racist days of segregation actually ended up being more fair than year 2015. There were successful blacks and black intellectuals back in those days, but they were very rare. About as rare as the IQ’s should predict.

            Erectus Walks Among Us.

        • Alden

          There was some study that the average IQ if Harvard black undergrads is 110.

          • listenupbub

            That matches with my experience with black students from Duke.

            I do not know their exact IQ score, but I am judging that they were not that smart based on the fact that they were Pentecostals.

            A 110 IQ black would be truly exceptional, assuming that IQ is distributed normally, and we are talking about pure blacks.

      • 3G4Me

        Harvard may get the “best” blacks, but perhaps 2% of those would have been admitted without affirmative action. The basic IQ distribution curve of blacks means that at an IQ of 130 (traditional cutoff for “gifted” programs) the ratio of Whites to blacks is about 300 to 1. Again, without affirmative action, and with traditional college standards from even 30 years ago, about half of Whites in college today wouldn’t be there (and shouldn’t be there) and about 95% of blacks. College now is nothing more than 13-16th grade.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      Not only this they have entire departments devoted to minority development. They will basically fill out the paper work for you if you are black, cut you a check, help you with your homework, pressure the teacher not to fail you etc. and still very few blacks and hispanics graduate. I go into these schools they treat me like I’m slime because I’m not rich or not floating on some bill gates scholarship. They don’t answer my questions, won’t help me with anything, even lie about things, throwing up all sorts of unnecessary obstacles. A white man with a high I.Q. is about as interesting to them as a grain of sand at the beach even though I hear all this blabbering about merit.

      • Alden

        UCLA even has individual mentors for the blacks These are grad students who accompany them to class and escort them to their tutoring sessions library and black student activities
        BY the way the mentors are absolutely forbidden to write papers for the blacks, They can only “edit and suggest”

        • Blackfish

          Billie Don Jackson spent 3 years at UCLA (playing football) and left as a self-proclaimed “functional illiterate. You can google his story, which I presume is only one of many

      • Alden

        Have you tried checking the black box ?

        • Raymond Kidwell

          Yes I will be checking black or hispanic in boxes from now on. I have checked hispanic on a lot of online applications and never got any call backs, much to my surprise. Maybe my name doesn’t match or something. When I go back to college I’m going to change my ethnicity and apply for grants.

    • dukem1

      When your kid is a junior in high school you get totally bombarded with flyers from colleges…Everyone one has a group picture on the cover which includes some dream-like caricature of a scholastic-looking Negro…
      I think there was a bit of a scandal a few years ago when the same Erkel-like dude showed up on the covers of two different schools brochures.

      • Strider73

        IIRC that was the University of Wisconsin several years ago. They just had to have a black guy in a football game crowd shot, but hundreds of file photos turned up exactly zero blacks. So they Photoshopped one in.

        As for the “magic Erkel” in multiple brochures, I’m sure the administrators justified it with “Since they all look alike . . .”

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Somebody spoke of “Eraser Universities” at another blog. He says there is such an effort to falsify the minority perform-ances that some colleges have a history of erasing wrong answers for people who rate high in the diversity caste system. These black colleges must be “Eraser Universities” to some extent? It goes without saying.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Start issuing diplomas posthumously for all the brothers who were ‘gonna be starting college’ before they met their demise.

    • ekwaykway

      Lol! Good one. He was turning his life around, 360 degrees!

    • carriewhite64

      Why not? They were all good boys who were turning their lives around, starting college next week. You win the internet today.

  • Race Heretic

    These schools were started by mulattos and quadroons for the best and brightest of mulattos and quadroons. Now the best and brightest mulattos and quadroons go to prestigious colleges on full scholarship as affirmative actions blacks, and only the dregs are left for HBC’s. The terrible myth that everyone must receive the panacea of a college degree has pernicious effects.

  • JustSayin

    Dem skoo’s aint whare duh White women at.

  • Jason Lewis

    Perhaps the leaders in East Cleveland are running their books?

    • John Smith

      Check the staff parking lot to see how many luxury vehicles there are – it’s the same with black-run entities everywhere.

  • John Smith

    I’m ambivalent – failures should be allowed to fail, but this will then mean more negroes at institutions where white students attend, which is always a bad thing. Too bad there are no all-white colleges allowed.

    • Sick of it

      A person or organization can run a white only college, but it cannot be explicitly stated and they cannot get government money. There are private colleges all over the country. Cash or carry keeps the rabble out.

  • Avner Lipschitz, DDS

    “HBCUs struggle often struggle because they have fewer resources than other colleges.”

    “Resources”… like intelligence for starters.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      And the capacity for discipline/impulse control.

  • Pa Guy in NJ

    “These schools, she said, are “doing the work a lot of institutions aren’t willing to do.””

    You guys just had to include that last line, LOL. No further comment needed.

    • ThatWhiteGuy

      That and the “empowerment” part…LOL. Empowered by attending a failing institution? Hah, ok.

    • Douglas Quaid

      Right. The original intent was something like they are on the front-lines in the battle against oppression and lifting up those who are being suppressed. Realists all took it as meaning that they are on the front-lines of fudging grades, accepting mediocrity and incompetence, and dressing up criminality in robes of righteousness.

  • Sick of it

    Grambling, both the city and the university, is widely known for having crooks in office (one gets fired or imprisoned and another one takes their place). It’s a joke college to boot.

  • Of course there is a crises facing black colleges. Why would any black man want to go to them. “I kin gets me sum wite wimenz at da wite collagez!”

    • Fathercoughlin

      I really enjoy the Ebonoics. I laugh every time. Goss ta git me sum o dem white wimmenz!!!

      • Fathercoughlin

        Den ah gossa git me sum o dat weed a git ma smoke awn! Whea ma aid check,dat sh*t come yet?

      • ekwaykway

        Git all up out my grill! Naw mean? Translation: Get out of my face. Do you know what I mean? Always fun to hear them murder the English language.

        • MBlanc46

          English? You mean that has anything to do with English?

          • ekwaykway

            You know what I mean. Naw mean? Let me ax you? Lol

      • Nonhumans

        It grates my nerves to hear most of them talk. They have a pathologic use of “gnomesain” every breath. It effectively replaces the period of nearly every one of their (poorly formed) sentences. Probably a weak and ingrained attempt at manipulation.

        • My pet theory is “gnome sayin’?” is actually an honest question on their own part, because they don’t understand Ebonics any more than the rest of us do.

        • Strider73

          It’s the Ebonics equivalent of “you know?”, which all too many whites spew with equal regularity.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    So, according to the article, HBCUs contain 11% of all blacks enrolled in an American college, yet HBCUs also contain 20% of all blacks who graduate from an American college. That’s quite the graduation rate disparity. This means one of two things: It could mean that HBCU curricula and grading are easier than at other colleges thus the far higher black graduation rate; or it could mean that blacks do better and feel more comfortable among their own at HBCUs and thus stick around to graduate. I think the former plays a greater role in HBCUs having a higher black graduation rate than other colleges, but if it’s the latter I urge all black students at non-HBCU colleges to take notice and immediately transfer to an HBCU.

    • LHathaway

      You’re probably right. It could just mean every college (as well as employer – offering a good job) is recruiting for diversity.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I’d think that the credibility of from those HBCUs would be in question.

  • listenupbub

    Marybeth Gasman–who heads the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

    Why is this even a thing? What is the point of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Instititions?

    What a dumb way for a dindu to make way too much money by whacking it all day in an office.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Last name alert! GASMAN. Every single time.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      The name says it all. Every single time. You know why.

      • listenupbub

        Oh, you can bet your arse I know why

  • ekwaykway

    Can’t even get them to say, would you like fries with that?

  • evilsandmich

    Specializing in black college students is probably a doomed effort since so many of the blacks who might succeed have been cherry picked by other institutions. Wasn’t there a story not too long ago of black colleges trying to get whites (and other races) to attend so as to save their bottom line? I may be remembering that only as a wishful (on their part) recommendation.

    • John Smith

      Did you see the Alabama A&M (HBCU) student who shot seven of his “people” down in FL last week? Maybe they cherry-picked him from the chain gang.

      • evilsandmich

        Yeah if that’s the cream, the “whey” must be nothing but recycled grape protein powder.

    • Blackfish

      They can start recruiting in India. The skin color isn’t that far off.

      They they can have dindus and Hindus!

      • evilsandmich

        Too late. I know someone who went to the “welcome foreigners” thing at a local public college and East Indians formed the biggest block. Maybe Canadian Eskimos or something…

  • RacialRay

    Are whites now supposed to feel guilty about Section 8 colleges going under through fiscal mismanagement and insufficient alumni giving rates? Blacks, as a rule, don’t tip well, and they don’t seem to be any more generous with their alma maters.

    Having added a couple of new acronyms to my repertoire today via this article, I can state unequivocally that I care about HBCUs as much as blacks care about PWIs.

  • Evette Coutier

    Trying to successfully sell college educations to Blacks is like trying to sell bicycles to fish.

    • MBlanc46

      Thank you Gloria, uh, Evette.

      • Evette Coutier

        ; ))) You remember.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Yeah, it must be like being a Yugo salesmen.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      An education is a terrible thing to waste.

  • MBlanc46

    “Poor management” and “poor graduation rates” at colleges run by and attended by blacks? Well, I’ll be danged.

    • Evette Coutier

      I lectured at a college with a black president, and moved into administration under him. I worked directly with him even serving on the Presidential Strategic Planning Committee. My experiences quickly cured me of ever trusting blacks in positions of power.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        I did field service (automation) at a prominent technology company recently. Some of the employees spoke of black women there, who is the diversity czar. They call her “the government minder”.

        Mean as a snake, they say; forever conniving backroom deals, fudging credentials for “her people”, trumping-up charges, throwing race cards. She’s like an anti-white terrorist. I’m glad I’m just a visitor at those cultural Marxist hell-holes.

        It does not bode well for Western Civilization.

        • Evette Coutier

          Blacks destroy everything they touch. They are only self-interested, and have no fondness for creating great things or achievements. It’s all about ego and social status. No greater awareness, no sense of deeper meaning or beauty.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Nuance also escapes them.
            It’s all “gibsmedat”.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            IQ map

    • ekwaykway

      Who would have ever thunk it?

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    Wait! Color me surprised!!! Negroes can’t run a college or university??? I mean, WTF?? They’ve done such a good job with Camden and Newark!

    • Deacon Blue

      I wonder if there is a HBUC in East Cleveland, OH?

    • They also did a stellar job transforming Detroit from “the Paris of the Midwest” into something closely resembling Stalingrad. Unlike Stalingrad, which was rebuilt postwar by white Russians, there can be no recovery for Detoilet.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Historically white colleges could solve this problem.

    • Blackfish


      • BYU is apparently a good school, and from what I understand isn’t cripplingly expensive. One of the gals I had working for me at Subway went off there in 2004.

    • They would still feel the need to recruit brain-dead “afawetes”.

  • daddio

    All colleges need to go the way of the dinosaur. They are hopelessly corrupted.

    • Douglas Quaid

      Yep, brick and mortar schools are an inefficient holdover that refuses to go away…kinda like blockbuster video.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Unprecedented Crisis Facing America’s Historically Black Colleges

    I’m old enough to have been fed that same story for at least three decades.

    • John Smith

      Yeah, I’ve heard it before too. Except, the way blacks run things, I believe it’s been true every time.

  • rentslave

    Why didn’t Brown v BORED of Education ban these places somehow?

  • rentslave

    You mean that Sandra Fluke didn’t do pre-law there?

  • drattastic

    These institutions survived for 150 years and presumably with more than their fair share of poor students in the past. So the question is what changed ? I’d argue that progressive socialism and the destruction of the Black family and good old fashioned morals / values by the White liberals who have destroyed Black initiative with the true racism of low expectations and steady drumbeat of taught victimization ,embraced by blacks themselves.

  • Deacon Blue

    I am blessed in that for both undergrad and grad school I went to Historically Non-Black
    Universities {back in the 1980’s}. Both institutions of higher learning still exist. Imagine that?

    • John Smith

      Wake Forest was one, obviously.

      • Deacon Blue

        Maybe I just like the Steely Dan song?

      • Deacon Blue

        The Bowman-Gray Campus is/was pretty nice in the 1980’s. I did my
        undergrad there in a program that unfortunately has “changed” too
        much since then {the days of the 5 year BS degrees are gone now
        and I think that its too difficult to stuff all of the info into 4 years}. The
        faculty was stellar – I was in a STEM program – and I spent a lot of time
        as an undergrad over at the medical school but the program I did
        has closed now unfortunately. There are not a lot of people these
        days who want to get a BS degree and then rotate a year in the
        clinical pathology department to change their degree into a Clinical or
        Medical Laboratory Science Degree and sit for the ASCP exams.

        There are AAS programs at two year schools that end up making you
        more money for the most part compared to being a CLS(NCA) or
        MT(ASCP). Most of the folks I graduated with elected to go to medical
        school, dental school or ended up in the {then} newly minted Pharm.D.

        You have to love working in the laboratory to run the 12 month
        post-bacc certificate program. I loved the science aspect of it,
        and its really technical. However, the knowledge we gained was
        underutilized for sure in a hospital or even a commercial laboratory.

        I ended up in grad school after working in clinical microbiology and
        clinical chemistry for a year. Grad school {non technical} was
        far easier than undergrad. I got a job working for a company that
        made these very cutting edge, portable clinical chemistry analyzers
        in the technical education department. Basically, I would go out
        in the field and teach other lab people how to validate, QC, use and
        maintain these portable chem machines and they were really good
        machines. I had to do a presentation in house on day with a team
        and the Technical Manager {my boss} was totally unprepared so
        I ad libbed a lot and the VP of Ops {in the audience} saw I could think
        on my feet. He offered me a position in Ops in Material Management
        sourcing all sorts of analytical chemistry parts that went into our
        machines. It was a great gig an it paid well at the time.

        One day, one of our “trusted USA vendors” could not supply a critical
        part so my new boss told me to solve the problem. I did. In six weeks
        I found a suitable replacement element in Korea. So we started
        to import a lot of the pieces that went into making these analyzers.
        For Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Israel, Italy, etc. I think first year even with
        travel and shipping I saved our department 18% and then the second
        year it was closer to 30% as I found places in mainland China to
        supply these elements or at least make them to our spec.

        I met my 2nd wife in Korea at this time. She worked in inside sales
        at one of the vendors.

        Anyhow, it took me about 2-3 years to realize I could probably start
        my own business sourcing these type of parts across the world,
        importing them into the USA and reselling them either as OEM or
        after-market to the analytical chemistry industries.

        The rest is history. We don’t “build” any devices that are for end
        users. We do sometimes “kit out” multiple parts that device manufacturers can use to assemble in-house. So we don’t perform
        any real manufacturing in that sense.

        But business is pretty good and I handle most operational issues
        inside and materials management. I have two partners, one who
        was a sales/marketing guy who worked with me at the original
        medical device company I started with in the 1990’s and another
        who became our CFO later when we realized that we needed one.

        Life’s been good to me so far for the most part. And Wake Forest is
        a heck of a place to learn…or it was.

  • Hammerheart

    Africa has been perpetually on the verge of some kind of collapse, crisis, or mass periods of uncivilization since recorded history, with the notable exception of the period of European colonialism.

    In the US, wherever blacks mass, property declined causing phenomenons known as ‘white flight’ and the ‘black hand of economics’

    Is it any surprise a black run university is barely being propped up with God knows how much assistance from the fed government?

  • Magnum Opus

    At best, these are an extension of the fifth or sixth grade where the attendees “pretend-to-school”. Once a fake degree is obtained, placement in a public sector make-work scheme job is frequently possible where the individual can then “pretend-to-job”.

    • Douglas Quaid

      You make an interesting point, it’s all pretend. I’ve noticed that as well, the blacks at my job don’t actually do real work, in fact, when faced with it they seem wholly incapable of even grasping what it is they are supposed to do. It’s kind of sad actually.

  • Douglas Quaid

    The school here in SC from what I understand is 23 million in the red. I wonder if they are giving out accounting degrees.

  • bubo

    A few years ago there was a story here on Amren written by a black professor about his time teaching at a HBCU in Alabama. It was pretty revealing. He didn’t last long if I remember. Students rarely came to class and flatly refused to do any work.

    Honestly is sounds like monkey emulating humans. We have colleges, so they have colleges, but they don’t really know why.

  • rightrightright

    These schools, she said, are “doing the work a lot of institutions aren’t willing to do.”


  • Light from the East

    How do you expect to those universities to receive funds without showing constructive results?

    How do you expect to those colleges to receive funds without showing their alumni end up elsewhere but in jails?

  • blight14

    Hands up, don’t loot……………..

  • Uncle Wardle

    They weren’t meant for schools; they weren’t meant to manage, govern, preside, solve, design, build or seriously study anything at all. I must admit that I feel sorry for them to a certain extent, but I feel sorrier for all of us other folk that have to keep hearing about this and similar, tiring, worn-out tripe. I do not feel sorry for the boneheads that cannot see the truth of the situation and keep trying to cram a square peg into a round hole. They need to be taken out of positions of authority and influence quickly and permanently.

    • InAFreeCountry

      I feel sorry for us having to pay for the whole sham.

  • Alexandra1973

    I bet embezzlement plays a huge part.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I got to this thread late, but I wanted to point out a few things.

    HBCUs struggle often struggle because they have fewer resources than other colleges–typically due to lower endowments and less money coming in from alumni giving, according to Gasman.

    Note that they struggle in part because black alumni are less likely to donate to their alma maters. They will find a way to blame this on whites, probably by saying that white racism causes blacks to earn less after graduation, which makes them unable to donate to their colleges.

    State-level funding for public colleges used to be based on enrollment criteria, not outcome–which is tied to factors such as graduate rate, Gasman explained. Since public HBCUs tend to enroll a greater number of low-income underprepared students, who are less likely to graduate from college, their funding has taken a hit in many states across the country.

    Their funding is also suffering because their black students don’t graduate. This is all to be expected when you understand the reality of racial differences, but I guarantee that this will be blamed on evil racist whites who want to cheat young black geniuses out of an education.

  • MooTieFighter

    Worked at a hospital in the past that had a residency program for a black medical school program. There were so many errors that during their tenure they had to have 2 nurses sign off all their orders before given. Several nurses actually kept notes of the errors and tried to get the program stopped because they had to work twice as hard, when they were there. Many left out of fear. It was something that was treaded on so lightly in conference, but we all knew was a legit problem. I later moved on, it was truly a sad situation.

  • Realist.44

    What alarms me are the “graduates” of said negro universities, especially in the health field, whom are picked up by liberal moronic feel-good employers. So you end up having a low IQ moron dispensing life or death treatments. A scary thought to be sure. I don’t patronize such socially engineered hires as my self-preservation instinct is too highly tuned to go along with such suicide.

  • USN Veteran

    I was in the Navy with a black guy that had graduated from Grambling. A black Lt. made
    it his life’s crusade to get this guy into OCS. After about a year of studying, tutors, practice
    tests, & help from every officer in the department, they all had to admit that this guy was
    so unbelievably stupid that even with a college degree & hundreds of hours of help, he
    couldn’t get into OCS, which isn’t very difficult.

    • Lexonaut

      They can be trained but not educated. A year ago I happened to be reading a 1917 article about a system developed by a large machine shop for storing and retrieving engineering drawings. The author claimed that it was so easy to use that the system could “be run by two negroes”. (His words as best I recall them.)

  • ElComadreja

    What are they talking about? They have hundreds of colleges campuses available to them nationwide. Tuition is free. Average time to graduate is about 10-15 years.

  • Ultimate187

    Black students by and large don’t succeed regardless of whether they have black teachers or not. Needing black professors is just another excuse in a long line of excuses for gross underachievement. Unless the black community manages a wholesale cultural change, nothing for them will get better, and the blame game will continue.

  • Herman

    How can a black not graduate from a HBCU?

    Just show up. Plus they probably aren’t paying their own tuition.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    On the same theme, this should make Jared’s list tomorrow.


  • InAFreeCountry

    Maybe teaching their propagandized version of Black History.

  • InAFreeCountry

    I accidentally clicked the “Old School Mob-1975 Olds” after the vid was over. I need a translator for their Ebonics.

  • stonepillow

    One may consider Dr. Thomas Sowell’s experience in teaching at Howard. Endemic cheating, terrible scholarship and so on. These schools had a choice to make, indeed still have because it doesn’t take huge financial resources or government help to become better in all ways than the White schools it only takes hard work over a log period. Paper is cheap, books are cheap, kids have their own laptops, a blackboard is cheap, chalk cheap. There are schools operating under a tree in Africa which would put these American HBCUs to shame. So let them go belly up if they won’t get with the program.