Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are actively admitting non-Black students to help declining admissions and budget cuts.
According to Huffington Post, Delaware State isn’t the only of the public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to reach beyond a tradition of educating primarily African-American students as a way of making ends meet in a time of tight state budgets and changing racial and ethnic demographics.
Other state-supported HBCUs, such as Tennessee State University and North Carolina A&T, are recruiting white, Asian and Latino students, who comprise a growing share of their student bodies.
In all, a quarter of HBCUs have at least a 20 percent non-black student population, according to a 2015 report by the University of Pennsylvania.
“People are surprised non-blacks are going to black colleges,” said Marybeth Gasman, author of the study and director of the university’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions.
Public HBCUs are perennially cash-strapped and have lower graduation rates. They don’t have the luxury of large endowments enjoyed by some major state universities like the $10 billion at the University of Michigan, academic analysts say. Part of their mission is to serve low-income students. And state budget crunches can imperil their future.
The nation’s 51 public HBCUs have seen their enrollment drop as traditionally white schools have increasingly and aggressively sought black students.
Source: Huffington Post