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Morris Brown President Speaks Out on Battle for HBCUs

Some historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have struggled in this economic downturn. So, is this causing African-American students to consider other colleges and universities?  According to Grio, at one point HBCUs were responsible for awarding 90 percent of the degrees earned by blacks.  However, today HBCUs only attract an estimate 15 percent of African-American college students.  Consider Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Its enrollment declined to fewer than 150 students and it lost its accreditation. Dr. Stanley Pritchett, Morris Brown’s president, said HBCUs still graduate 20 percent to 30 percent of those in the engineering and technology fields.  Nevertheless, he said Morris Brown has experienced financial challenges.

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