- White enrollment grows at historic- black colleges Date: Friday, December 10, 2004 By: SHERRELMessage 1 of 2 , Feb 21, 2007View SourceWhite enrollment grows at
Date: Friday, December 10, 2004
By: SHERREL WHEELER STEWART,
Historically-"black" colleges and universities
aren't all that "black" anymore, according to data
from National Center on Education Statistics.
White enrollment at HIBMCUs jumped significantly, by
more than 10,000 between 1980 and 1990, and the
numbers have increased incrementally in recent years.
The enrollment of Whites peaked in 1995 with 35,963 at
the nation's historically "black" colleges and universities.
Then after a few years of decline, White enrollment
at these schools rose back to 34,908 in 2001,
the last year analyzed by NCES for the report.
Since 1976, the enrollment of Whites at
HIBMCUs increased by 65 percent, according
to the government agency's data.
Enrollment of "blacks" at HIBMCUs increased
25 percent during the same period from
1976 to 2001, according to the report.
"Most of the increase in White enrollment has
been at public colleges and universities under
court order to increase diversity," Tazewell
Hurst, a researcher with the UNCF.
"Whites often are attracted to the programs and
the atmosphere at historically "black" colleges
and universities," said William Harvey
of the American Council on Education.
"They are discovering what "blacks" have known
all along HIBMCUs have strong programs and a
student-friendly environment that inspires achievement."
At Kentucky State University , a school with a
35-percent White student population, people
are drawn by programs such as aquaculture ...,
said David Shabazz, the school's spokesman.
Harvey said that graduate and professional school
programs at HIBMCUs also attract large numbers
of Whites because of the quality of the programs.
Schools like Kentucky State , as well as Tennessee
State University , North Carolina A&T, Alabama State
and Alabama A&M were included in federal lawsuits
[like] their state's historically-White institutions.
As a result, the schools were required
to try to recruit and attract White students.
During the 1970s and 1980s "black" students welcomed
the improvements on their campuses, --- but questioned
whether school officials were forced to make incentives
available for Whites that were not offered to "blacks".
Fifteen historically-"black" colleges and universities listed
by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in
Higher Education as having a White student population
of 16 percent or more are public institutions.
Both Kentucky State in Frankfort , Ky. and Lincoln
University in Jefferson City , Mo. have high
White enrollment and are in regions where the
communities that surround them are majority White.
Officials at those schools say the demographics of
their regions are reflected in their student body.
Lincoln University , founded mostly by "black"
soldiers in 1866, is now 59 percent White,
according to data from the National Association
for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
The White enrollment at Kentucky State is 35 percent.
Mandy Mankin, who is White and a 26-year-old
junior majoring in journalism at Lincoln , said
that university was "a natural fit" for her.
"I knew Lincoln had good programs,
and it was convenient," she said.
Though a majority of students at the school
are White, everything from sports to other
special events continues to have the cultural
flavor of an HIBMCUs, and Mankin said she enjoys it.
"I go to parties and other events, but the
general composition of the student body is
notreflected in a lot of the activities," she said.
"It's usually the same Whites who attend events."
Mankin writes for the school newspaper and said she
has had opportunities to transfer and go elsewhere.
"But I wouldn't want to do that," she said.
"I am learning a lot and my best friends are here."
Historically-"black" colleges and universities
with the highest White enrollments:
Bluefield State University, W. Va. 88.8 percent;
West Virginia State University 83.2 percent;
Shelton State Community College 64.6 percent;
Lincoln University , Mo. 59 percent;
Drake State Technical College 46.8 percent;
Kentucky State University 35 percent;
Bishop State Community College 32.8 percent;
Saint Phillips College, Texas 31.3 percent;
Langston University , Okla. 22.6 percent;
Elizabeth City State University , N.C. 22.2 percent;
Tennessee State University 21 percent;
Fayetteville State University , N.C. 20 percent;
Trenholm State Technical College 19.6 percent;
Winston Salem State University , N.C. 17 percent;
Harris-Stowe State College 16.7 percent;
Delaware State University 16.2 percent.
- I, too, attended a predominantly black community college and LOVED IT! Not only was it the only college I ve come across that offered the programs I wasMessage 2 of 2 , Feb 25, 2007View SourceI, too, attended a predominantly "black" color
community college and LOVED IT!
Not only was it the only college I've come across that
offered the programs I was looking for (mainly, professional
writing degree), but the teachers were great (and friendly)
and the students I went to school with were just as "cool."
I wouldn't have traded it for any, other college.
It just happens to be a great college
with great programs and nice people.
Isn't that what everyone who attends college
looks for when scouting schools? I know, I did.
Interesting statistics concerning enrollment, though.
Times definitely do change (whether for the better or worse).
In my opinion, this is for the better.