Why More HBCUs Need to Consider Merging
For those who love historically black colleges and universities, the narrative of our own resilience has always seemed to guarantee our survival. Many of us believe that our particular institution and others like it will always be around because they’ve always been around, even through difficult financial times. But this is a different era of choice, access and resources. Our colleges are no longer buoyed by institutionalized racism that helped to direct students and money to our campuses. Certain data suggests that HBCUs are no longer the top choice of most African-American students, faculty or administrators -- despite the relevance, impact and opportunity that our institutions afford to students who have the talent and drive to achieve.
Originally published: July 5, 2018
Author: Harry L. Williams
Position: President Emeritus
Institution: Delaware State University
Published by: Inside Higher Ed