Morning Briefing – April 9, 2021


Kentucky Governor signs bill authorizing stronger partnerships between Kentucky State, Simmons College, campus extension into Louisville

Kentucky Governor Andy Bashear today signed a bill granting state authorization for Kentucky State University and Simmons College to enact credit transfer partnerships, while also funding a pilot program between the two schools to address health disparities and food insecurity in West Louisville.

four people in masks seated at tables in front of sign at Fort Valley State University.
Grand Valley State, Fort Valley State announce STEM degree articulation agreement

Leaders at Grand Valley signed an agreement with an Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in Georgia that will support students in a master’s degree program in engineering/computing and help diversify the talent pipeline for West Michigan employers.

Representatives from GVSU and Fort Valley State University met April 8 to finalize the agreement that creates a pathway for FVSU students to earn a bachelor’s degree from FVSU combined with a master’s degree in engineering or computer science at GVSU in as little as five years. (Grand Valley State University)

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How HBCUs are responding to a flood of corporate diversity initiatives

Interest in HBCUs from the mainstream population is shifting in a new direction, while attempts to increase diversity have been direct. Quartz at Work recently reported that HBCUs are now dealing with an onslaught of interest from company recruiters in response to last year’s resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, following killings of Black Americans by police. (Black Enterprise)

MEAC sets record straight on post-season participation

The MEAC will once again be on the outside, looking in at the FCS playoffs.

After weeks of speculation and reports, some stating that the MEAC would get an automatic bid, the conference announced on Wednesday that it would withdraw its request for an automatic bid.

It wasn’t because the conference didn’t want one. Things just didn’t work out that way. (HBCU Gameday)