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Tag: Dr. Walter Kimbrough
Opinions Still Split on Police Academies at HBCUs
A merger of these two seemingly disparate institutions— policing and HBCUs— has raised the ire of some Black activists and academics, particularly in the wake of the string of killings of unarmed Black men and women and calls to defund the police.
July 23, 2021
Six Months Later, MacKenzie Scott’s Gifts Are Already Making an Impact
With the freedom of no-strings attached, HBCUs are planning to use MacKenzie Scott’s philanthropic gifts in a variety of ways including helping their students financially, doubling their institutional endowments, and investing in faculty development. With a new school year slated to begin next month, many of these institutions have already started to put the funds to use.
July 12, 2021
Will Free Community College Hurt HBCU Enrollment?
Some conservatives have been quick to point to the price tag of Biden’s American Families Plan, arguing that making the first two years of higher education free ultimately limits student choice and could be potentially damaging for HBCU enrollment.
July 2, 2021
Who’s Next to Lead the White House Initiative on HBCUs?
Now that Dr. Miguel Cardona has been nominated as the next U.S. Secretary of Education, speculation has turned to who will become the next executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
January 11, 2021
Two New Orleans HBCU Presidents Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
NBC News reported that two presidents of historically Black colleges and universities, Drs. Walter M. Kimbrough of Dillard University and Dr. C. Reynold Verret of Xavier University of Louisiana, “stunned their campuses when they announced in a joint message that they had participated in a vaccine trial for COVID-19 and then encouraged students to do […]
September 17, 2020
The Road to HBCU Self-Sustainability
Having been in the trenches of HBCUs for most of my life as a student, administrator and instructor, I know first-hand the difficulties our institutions face. I believe, however, that HBCUs have the capacity to turn around their fortunes.
October 23, 2019
Leadership & Policy
Report: HBCUs Produce More Upwardly Mobile Graduates than PWIs
A new report presents data indicating that more students experience upward economic mobility at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) than at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).
October 1, 2019
Is the Trump Administration Really “Bigger and Better” for HBCUs?
When President Donald J. Trump addressed the 2019 HBCU Conference in Washington D.C. last week, he told the crowd of historically Black college and university leaders that his administration’s commitment to HBCUs is “bigger and better and stronger than any previous administration, by far.”
September 18, 2019
Chance the Rapper to Address Dillard University’s 2018 Grads
Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper will deliver this year’s commencement address to graduates of Dillard University in New Orleans. The school’s 82nd Commencement ceremonies for more than 200 graduates will be held Saturday, May 12, at 8 a.m. on the campus’ historic Avenue of the Oaks. Dillard President Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough says Chance […]
April 9, 2018
Selecting Commencement Speakers: A Political Minefield
In this hyper-polarized environment, students in the class of 2018 may find themselves without a commencement speaker who has strong views on political or social issues. Many administrators are struggling to identify orators who will be welcomed by the campus community without provoking protests.
March 6, 2018
Thriving Dillard Program Teaches Quality Filmmaking
When Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough became president of Dillard University in 2012, Professor Keith Morris invited him to visit one of the classes in the film program. Kimbrough did not walk into a lecture hall full of seated students, but onto a dynamic film set filled with students working with cameras, editing footage and engaging with famous movie stars.
February 1, 2018
Georgia State Backed Up Analytics With Support System
Georgia State University’s academic achievement success story can be traced to the university’s decision to hire 42 academic advisors to act on the information gleaned from its use of predictive analytics.
October 2, 2017
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