HBCUs in rural locales lose their best talent and brain trust to metropolitan areas. Save for the few who can be recruited back in later years to serve as staff and faculty members, the HBCU brain trust produced in rural and remote regions often takes talent, treasure and attention to new cities and lives which await them.
A more favorable position for institutions is to secure healthy endowment gifts in order to provide more competitive scholarships to students who choose us so that financial disruptions are less likely to derail their progress.
But in the end, we still are looking for people to “get it.” We still are looking for alumni to give back to HBCUs, and to help enlighten people about black culture and value. Does her advocacy work now have an asterisk beside it? Is she any less of a graduate of Howard University?
National Alliance of Learning President/CEO Boyce Williams discusses accreditation, relationship building and partnership strategies for HBCUs.