LISTEN: Century Foundation Fellow Denise Smith Discusses $53 Billion HBCU Endowment Deficit


The South Carolina State University alumna and current Howard University Ph.D. candidate discusses the historic and current-day implications of disparities between endowments at HBCUs and predominantly white institutions.



David Banner is getting tired of HBCU advocacy [Yahoo! Life]

The institutions that shaped Black researchers’ careers [Nature]

Adobe announces $1 million gift to HBCU, Hispanic institutions [Fortune]

Agriculture committee advances $190 million in scholarship funding for HBCU Land Grant institutions [Georgia Recorder]

Read & React

“The fact that U.S. News, a private commercial entity, has that much influence is incredibly disturbing.”

New America Editor Stephen Burd on the negative impact of the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings. 

React – Disturbing is that colleges and universities, particularly HBCUs, continuing to be co-conspirators in their own disenfranchisement as created by these rankings. While several presidents, including Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick and Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood Robinson have spoken out against the rankings, far too many institutions use them in their marketing and engagement campaigns. And then we wonder why “higher ranked” predominantly white institutions have better chances at recruiting Black students away from HBCUs.