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New Blog on STEM Central: Some Thoughts About What Makes STEM Education and Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Unique

April 24, 2020

by Claudia Rankins

Pointing to a common element that distinguishes Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from other institutions of higher education (IHE) in terms of success for Black students, is difficult. HBCU institutions come in all types. Some HBCUs are large research intensive (more or less state supported) institutions, some are public or private liberal arts institutions with a focus on teaching, some are very small teaching institutions with no more than 200 students. Among the 101 accredited HBCUs are twelve community colleges, two stand-alone medical schools and several theological colleges. Most HBCUs are Predominantly Black Institutions, but some are now majority white, and one HBCU is also a Hispanic Serving Institution. Like all other IHEs, some HBCUs are struggling financially and others are doing well.[Read More]