Cuts at Spelman and Other HBCUs.

On “Tell Me More” today, a discussion about the precarious positions of HBCUs.

7 thoughts on “Cuts at Spelman and Other HBCUs.

  1. shani-o March 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm Reply

    I reject the notion that HBCUs as a whole are in a more ‘precarious’ position than their PWI counterparts. I think these kinds of stories are rather Chicken Little-like, in that they become a “HBCUs are dying!” thing. I suspect the real reason we keep seeing and hearing these stories is because people have strong opinions about the existence of HBCUs; that is, it’s terrible if any black school closes.

    Obviously with smaller endowments, more are at-risk, but HBCUs aren’t an unalloyed good–if a small, poor school isn’t viable, it should prepare to close. And as Gasman said, some of these schools have been on the bubble for decades.

    Side note: I think it’s disingenuous for people to bring up Morris Brown as an example in this conversation. That school has been in hot water for years and that has little to do with the economy or the fact that it’s an HBCU — its plight is due to mismanagement.

    Also (and sorry this is getting so long), I commend Spelman for tightening its belt and being fiscally responsible. Schools across the country (including the one I work at) are being forced to do the same thing, and I think that’s a story that should be told.

  2. Winslowalrob March 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm Reply

    I know I probably should not say this (on multiple levels) but Spelman has some pretty good looking students. Save Spelman!

    • shani-o March 3, 2009 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Spelman girls are pretty,
      Hampton girls are smart,
      yet it takes a HOWARD girl to win a fella’s heart.
      Clark-Atlanta girls can dance,
      Bennett girls got flow,
      but when you want the best looking girl
      HOWARD is where you go!


      Gah, sorry, couldn’t help myself.

      • Winslowalrob March 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm Reply

        Haha, I wonder if I went to a HBCU that WASN’T Howard how I would feel about them always taking our shine?

      • geo March 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm Reply

        as a howard grad student, i must say…hell yeah!

        • shani-o March 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm Reply

          LOL, HU in the house!

  3. Grump March 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I feel more worried for the public HBCUs that rely on public funds from the state. With proposed legislation from state officials like the GA State Senator that called for merging Savannah State with another nearby PWI, threats like that are cause for concern.

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