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HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities are still relevant and vital to the educational and economic development of the United States of America.

Even though the majority of HBCU’s were
established to educate Freed slaves the educational
models and curriculums have developed to where
non-minority and international students are
increasingly applying for admission. There
is the value of small class sizes, the opportunity
to engage one to one with instructors, not being
seen as just a student ID, and developing life long
relationships that have the deepest bonding of an
extended family.

As a graduate of South Carolina State University
(1985) and Professor at Edward Waters College
(2004 to present) the existence of these historical
and post slavery institutions has allowed students,
many older than the age of traditional students
the unique opportunities to earn their degrees.
Still faced with scrutiny by other institutions,
challenging their merits, HBCU’s graduate leaders
in many diverse and dynamic careers. Graduates
from HBCU’s are many times the first generation
higher education students that are turned away by
predominately non minority schools. The facts can
be seen in graduation statistics, demographic studies
and other data analysis that HBCU’s do make a
difference in the economic, educational and sociological
advancement of minority and a growing number of
non minority students. 

Written in “Still a Need for HBCU’s in the 21st Century”:
Part 1 and Part 2; “HBCU’s although have lower entrance
standards this can be justified because young adults and
adults are given opportunities to earn their degrees
and provided support in a nurturing and culturally/
ethnically familiar environment.”  Many higher
educational institutions of America are fast becoming
institutions where numbers matter more than students
and financial aid packets are seen as a way to fund
schools, pay salaries and supplement financial challenges

of colleges and universities. Yes, HBCU’s do struggle
with financial resources and accreditation, but when looking
at the past histories of  other traditional colleges they to
have skimmed / skirted and guidelines, policies and procedures
of federal, state and local educational policies.

Sometimes non traditional higher education institutions
creates an atmosphere that can be intimidating,
threatening, seemingly unsupportive to cultural and
ethic diversity and impersonal. The academic year
of 2012/2013 will see increases in tuition, room and
board, but lowering of support services. Services that
would help students of color and cultural diversity. Just
look at the conditions of homelessness, hunger, poverty
and other human challenges in large colleges and universities
as students struggle to earn degrees being hungry, homeless
and financially challenged.

A quote that has Islamic origins can be applied to
the vision in the importance of education at HBCU’s ,
“Whoever will not endure the affliction of being taught,
will stay forever in the debasement of ignorance.”  

HBCU Connect is offering students attending or who
will attend to share their writing, blogging and journalistic
talents. Several of my writings have been featured on the
web site and social media sites for HBCU Connect.
Students planning on attending an HBCU in the fall
or currently attending should take advantage of this
great opportunity to share their writing talents.

This works to Branding, Marketing and Promote
skills as a:
Writer / Blogger / Content Creator / Journalist

I encourage all students that attend an HBCU to submit
Your COLLEGE Tips, Articles, & Interviews for the
"Back To School" Student Magazine Issue of HBCU Connect.

This is a time to earn some exposure on
HBCUConnect.com promoting importance and value
of HBCU institutions. Requesting and accepting article
submissions to formulate the 2012
"Back To School" Student Magazine Issue!

Content should cover College related Tips, Articles, Stories,
Interviews, Photos, etc. This is a great opportunity to promote
your expertise, books that target the College audience, and
activities and opportunities HBCU Students need to know about!
The opportunity to reach every HBCU campus, and reach
unlimited readers online.

The magazine content submission deadline is:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Send your content and questions to:

Still A Need for HBCU’s Part 1

Still A Need for HBCU’s Part 2


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