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General Discussion Forum / Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« on: March 17, 2021, 01:20:17 PM »
HBCU Digest claims that the BCU president left for another job:

Bethune-Cookman University President E. LaBrent Chrite resigned his post this morning, and tomorrow is expected to be announced as the new president of a predominantly white institution.

Sources say Chrite, who was hired at BCU in July 2019, will leave behind a record of success and respect from the campus community, but a great deal of tension with the university’s board of trustees. It isn’t the first time that the university’s executive body has faced allegations of tampering, lack of support, infighting, or incompetence, and it probably won’t be the last.

But Chrite’s defection is the latest and among the highest-profile of a quiet trend among the HBCU presidential ranks; PWIs looking to lure Black leadership away from Black colleges.

Last month, Old Dominion University named Brian Hemphill its first African American president, five years after he was hired away from West Virginia State University by Radford University.

Privately over the last two years, several high-profile HBCU presidents, particularly among the private institutions, have been courted by public and private PWIs in searches. Their reasons for staying are simple; they love the students and the community more than they hate the fight for resources and cooperation from the board.

But several things are beginning to change the calculus. The windfall of philanthropy from wealthy companies and benefactors is winding down to half-life nearly a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd. Pandemic-related government support has probably seen its last action in Congress. Millions remain without jobs and industries remain without a plan for recovery from losses.

This is particularly true in higher education, where downward trends in enrollment and rising costs in tuition will create a sudden and potentially catastrophic reality for HBCU campuses already facing significant debt.

Before the ship begins sinking, many talented presidents in their early and golden years alike will head for the exits before rent comes due and fingers start pointing in blame.

Where will they go? Several presidents could make it big as administrators in big money sectors of business, consulting, or healthcare. Some could become political advisors, liaisons, or bundlers with the keenest of insight on the all-important African American voting bloc.

And some will go to lead predominantly white institutions which can offer more money, more stability, and a political culture that in many ways is more tolerable than that of an HBCU. Working with and for people brings anxiety, intrigue, and treachery no matter where you are. But when it happens amongst your own people and there’s no money to insulate institutional systems from its effects, and the check you receive every two weeks makes it feel less than worthwhile, the allure of serving in the name of ‘the cause’ grows dimmer by months, days, and sometimes even hours.

HBCUs are the subject of the nation’s affection right now, but there will be an end to the love affair. The catalysts for this support are tethered to unspeakable tragedies that swept unprecedented racial reckoning and economic infusion well beyond our campus and community borders, and when the days get warmer, the affection will grow colder.

Presidents are paid to be the smartest among us, and they clearly see the writing on the wall. They are talking about it privately in growing numbers and in rising volume to folks who can read between lines and those who are fluent in understanding the language of a body of work within a campus community.

Are we listening? Or will we continue to drown them out with interference, pettiness, and a lack of support until there’s no one left to lead?

According to her Wikipedia Page, Lisa Jackson (Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives) is black, a Delta (honorary) and from New Orleans.  (She graduated from Tulane, but oh well.)

JSU's president sent out the following message about the water situation:

Our capital city, the city with soul, the city known for its culture, food and people, is now struggling to provide the most basic necessity – water – to its residents.
It’s not an unfamiliar story to those of us who live here. I grew up in West Jackson not far from Jackson State University – the school I would attend and now lead as president.
And while our water challenges are not unique, three weeks without water is a bit of a novelty. Our infrastructure problem predates any one mayor or administration. Whether due to deferred maintenance or a lack of significant funding, we are now here.
It is here where, like a majority of metro Jackson, one of the largest HBCUs in the nation also has little to no water pressure. While several of our buildings have full water function, the residence halls where our student body lives and studies have been most impacted.
This is my main concern. It is the concern for all my administration, faculty and staff.
We are a place of higher education tasked with producing global leaders to solve the world’s problems – like infrastructure issues and a water crisis. Our students — many being first-generation — are here to do more than survive but thrive in conditions suitable for learning, so they can use their education to make the world a more rich and remarkable place.
Yes, we expect them to overcome and push through adversity, while we guide them through their college experiences, but a water crisis in a pandemic is stretching the limit. As a city, state and institution we have all had to persevere despite these unfortunate circumstances.
At Jackson State, we have taken many steps to help our students meet this challenge. We have installed portable showers and restrooms near our residence halls to offset the lack of working showers and bathrooms.
We’ve had to alternate our dining hours and food options due to the inclement weather, which all but halted deliveries from our food vendors who had to prioritize service to hospitals and nursing homes. Once the weather subsided, these services resumed.
Still, many of our employees, along with our students, were left without power and water. As an institution of higher learning, the well-being and education of our students is always the priority. So we made adjustments to our academic calendar, supplied laptops as we pivoted to an all-virtual learning format and granted extensions on classroom assignments and projects.
Auxiliary services such as our bookstore, dining options, and postal services have also been affected. The hair and nail salons and barbershops – small business that rent space on our campus – have experienced the negative economic impact of not being able to operate at full capacity. While these areas have not closed, their hours are abbreviated because our staff, which work in these departments, have had to address their water, power and childcare challenges at home.
We know these are not ideal circumstances for our students – for anyone. Through it all, we are determined to help our students – many of who will graduate in May – achieve their goals.
There are employers and graduate programs waiting for them. Others have internships and next chapters in store. There are contact hours, certifications and licensure requirements that must be met. The world has not stopped because of our infrastructure and water issues. Therefore, we must always move forward.
For us at JSU, moving forward means looking at securing an alternative water supply, so when this happens again, and it will, we can continue to function at our normal capacity.
As an economic driver for the city and Hinds County, JSU has 1,200 employees, 7,000 students, and produces over $100 million in annual expenditures. We are invested in the city of Jackson. We are invested in solutions that derive from integrated thought, decision-making and large-scale backing.
This isn't about a mayor, city council or governor. This is about shedding light on a critical issue that is affecting cities, towns and states throughout the country. We can’t patch or quick fix our way through this. Other countries double or triple the investment that our nation makes in infrastructure, and it’s time we match the pace.
The mission of Jackson State University is to produce global leaders who think critically and can address societal problems. Nowhere is this truer than right now, right here in our capital city. We are committed to being a part of the long-term solution to make this city – the city of the future.

I live next door to Jackson State.  I never lost power, but did lose water for six days. I don't know why I've had water since then and the campus has not.

Some mostly white areas (e.g. Fondren and parts of Belhaven) of the city lost water for almost as long as Jackson State.  Also due to population shifts over time, many formerly mostly or all-white sections of town in the 1960s and 1970s like South Jackson, are bearing the brunt of the water problem now.  They are now overwhelmingly black areas of town.  So, I don't think this issue is so much about the legacies of discrimination.  Rather, it's a case of having a very old water and piping system, that has been patched, but has never been properly fixed.  That problem spans white and black mayors.

Most of the suburbs surrounding Jackson (except for a few like parts of Byram that depend on the City of Jackson) maintained water throughout.  Most of these areas have far newer systems built in the 1960s to 1990s, not the 1900s like Jackson's system.

Jackson State University's main campus has been without water for this time period.  They told students to go home if they could.  Otherwise, they have to make do with Porta-Potties and Porta-Showers.   >:(

General Discussion Forum / Re: Please pray for my sister
« on: August 02, 2020, 10:15:31 PM »
Please accept my condolences on your loss for you and your family.

Dominion Energy has agreed in principal to donate $25 million to be divided among 11 HBCUs:
Central State
Norfolk State
North Carolina A&T
South Carolina State
Virginia Union
Virginia State

That gift will be supplemented with a $10 million scholarship available to African-American and other underrepresented minority students in Dominion Energy’s service area.

Mackenzie Scott donated to TMCF, UNCF and the following HBCUs:

Seventy-five percent of funding is based on the proportion of Pell Grant-eligible undergraduate students at the institution and twenty-five percent is based on the number of students overall.  Funding is separated into two classes: the amount that must be spent directly on students and the amount that can be retained by the university for institutional purposes (but not to pay high-salaried administrators.

Inside Higher Ed has a searchable database that provides the total allocation number and the amount that must be set aside for student grants.

General Discussion Forum / Re: CAU Refunds for Spring Semester
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:46:34 AM »
What about the tuition  credits and student based loans for tuition?

The university need only refund monies for services it is no longer offering.  Unless it ended the semester prematurely as Berea College did, then students would still be on the hook for tuition.  In some places, they would still be charged for information technology and library services (if that is a distinct fee) because they would continue to be used as classes go online-only.

BTW, the US Department of Education sent out an advisory explaining how universities may provide the remainder of students' work-study funds for the semester to them. 

They need to postpone the competition.  :tiptoe:

I don't think they can.  This is a million+ dollar event.  This is the best alternative presented thus far.  Several schools are at a severe disadvantage so they may very well cancel it.  I hope not, unlike the NCAA, there are no eligibility waivers for HCASC players.  Seniors deserve the chance to play for the championship for which they've worked so hard.

Thanks WileECoyote for the information!  As I understand it, HCASC/College Bowl makes its own eligibility rules.  (It's not subject to a sanctioning body like the NCAA or NAIA.)  So it could grandfather in an additional year of eligibility for each student on a team that qualified for the 2020 NCT.  The question would be whether graduating seniors would forego a year of employment/graduate or professional school for the chance to play next year.

Again, thank you.

How will that work?  Will team members need to all be in the same, presumably remote, location?  I don't even want to think about what happens with network connection issues. 

I'd appreciate any more information that you have.

On Thursday Mississippi's IHL announced that its public universities will transition to online course delivery in the next week.  Three of those universities are HBCUs:  Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State. 

JSU extended its Spring Break from this week through next week.  Online course delivery at JSU will begin on March 23.  Students can return, but are encouraged to remain at home or retrieve their belongings and move home if possible.

Over the last two days, Dillard, Southern, SUNO and Xavier all announced that they will transition to online course delivery.

The Board of Trustees of Bennett College has named education innovator Suzanne Walsh as president of the College as it charts a new path forward in producing phenomenal women scholars and global leaders. Walsh’s experience includes leadership roles with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

It's certainly a choice that has a lot of potential to connect Bennett to potential donors/supporters with deep pockets and to position Bennett as at the vanguard of educational innovation generally and among HBCUs, specifically.  I hope her COO and other staff can handle managing and organizing the college so those sorts of problems don't trip her up.

That's what I'm wondering also. Can they go on to grad school at a SACs accredited school?

Yes,  tracs accreditation will allow the school to receive federal funding, but I'm not sure  how much weight, if any, a diploma from one of those schools carry.  You're talking small bible colleges as your peer institutions. Honesty there are several of them in my area, and I did not know they existed until I saw the location on the list.

It depends.  Most colleges/universities that are accredited by one of the six regional accreditors like SACS will not accept transfer credits from a college/university accredited by a "national accreditor" like TRACS.  This also applies to recognition of degrees if one were applying for graduate school. 

Obviously, TRACS accreditation isn't the preferred option, but it can be the difference between being open in some capacity and not open at all.

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