HBCUs Can Help Reverse the Black College Enrollment Recession
Over the past decade, Black college and university enrollment has been dropping at alarming rates, declining 22% from 2010 and 2020. We can expect this recession of Black enrollment to continue in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision removing race as a consideration in college admissions. However, those who seek to create equal opportunity for everyone in America have overcome far greater obstacles before. Though the arch of the moral universe may bend toward justice, it has never been a simple straight-line trajectory. Instead of succumbing to despair, leaders who value diversity and view it as a strength in our higher education institutions and corporations must step up. Words of solidarity aren’t enough. We need action to help those who may be now left behind.
Originally published: January 11, 2024
Author: Harry L. Williams
Institution: Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education