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Marybeth Gasman co-authors an article in The Hill about increasing HBCU enrollment

August 31, 2016

"Earlier this summer, an EdWeek article cited that many of Louisiana's historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) reported an increase in student enrollment between fall semesters 2013 and 2014. This trend is not unique to Louisiana. Recent data from the National Center for Educational Statistics show that nearly 38 percent of HBCUs reported a 10 percent increase in undergraduate student enrollment between fall semesters 2013 and 2014.

 

This sharp increase comes as little surprise considering, in just this year alone, the many challenges that black students and black communities have encountered, from students protesting against racial inequity across American colleges and universities to police killings. Stories highlighting racial tension and the continued oppression of black people both inside and out of higher education spaces flood national news. With a desire to obtain an excellent education, black students are choosing to attend HBCUs because these institutions often provide safe spaces for learning."

 

The full article can be read here