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Back in the day, I was recruited to be one of the first doctoral students at old Atlanta university. It was based on the minimal level that had been set for a GRE score.When my first subsistence check was short, I went to the office to inquire as to why. The clerk in the office who already knew who I was, told me this is for your room and board. Living on campus was not a requirement of the stipend. One person lived in a hotel. I said I live with my parents. Her reply was "we don't care where you sleep". I went to her boss, the Registrar to complain. I may have been their youngest doctoral student, but I had left a job like everyone else. The Registrar asked me "where does your dad work? I said my dad is a postman. He replied, your dad works at the post office, "your dad has plenty of money". End of meeting. I struggled for a year to give my parents subsistence money for my expenses. But I did not go back. Five years later, I entered a doctoral program at The University of Michigan with full financial support. I said thank you Atlanta University for "f...g" over me.
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More HBCUs should adopt the personal success coach model. For profit colleges have been doing it for years, and HBCU staff have been doing it in a less formalized way. Hence the perception of a 'nurturing/family environment' that has long-been a HBCU selling point. HBCUs usually take care of select pockets of students (athletes, honor students, scholarship recipients, ROTC, high-demand majors, researchers, children of alumni), because they assign staff to service those groups. This raises the question; how to inspire and advise 'regular' students? At HBCUs it's often the interaction with faculty that saves the college's reputation in the minds of students. Our faculty are gems and we should sing their praises more often. However, student success begins from the time they press submit to create a profile in the admissions portal. This is where for-profit colleges have shined and regional publics are raising the bar. Although, It may be costly to implement a personal success coach program; but it may be necessary to a small colleges survival. In dealing with my quiz bowl team. I have a personal mantra "My role is to create and inspire good alumni." Once you join our club, we fight for you, we alert you to opportunities for personal and professional growth, we make sure that you're making academic progress by monitoring grades and occasionally involving parents and senior faculty. I wish every HBCU employee would take on that mantra. It's often reflected by executives but downline workers sometimes miss the message. Finally, we should recognize that as a 'black business' we are often subject to more scrutiny from black people and bear that in mind during our interactions. The same student will willingly pay more and have the some of the same facility and infrastructure issues at PWIs as long as their service is top notch. PWIs have power and water outages, crime (violent and petty) issues, technology issues, etc. . .
Exceptional Post, I expect all organizations to treat me the way my family and MetLife Property & Casualty treated me when I graduated and took my 1st job. As if I am important and I matter - period!!!