Yesterday in Washington D.C., Historically Black Colleges and Universities gathered to kick off the 2014 HBCU Week Conference: Innovators for Future Success. President Barack Obama proclaims September 21 through September 27 as National Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week and the week highlights the legacies, missions and need to support HBCUs . This conference could not come at a more crucial time for our HBCU’s within the last few years there has more than 5 new Presidents have been put in office at HBCU’s, institutions have lost their accreditation or closed down and there has been an overall generational shift among the students. This years conference came at a time that HBCU presidents, chancellors and supporters can get together to find strategies to keep our HBCU’s alive.
The conference was opened by the Chairman of the President’s Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Dr. William R. Harvey. He began with thanking “President Obama for his appreciation of the unique mission of HBCUs, their history of achievement against the odds, and their critical role in the future of our country.”
Dr. William R. Harvey is President of Hampton University and 100% owner of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Michigan. Since 1978, he has served with distinction as President of Hampton University.
Dr. Harvey also expresses in his opening message to the attendees of the Innovators for Future Success conference some of the issues that are surrounding Black colleges and funding with this statement:
[[Watch]] President Obama Speaks at Hampton University :
over the last several years, all of the major Title IV programs had modifications and adjustments which make it much harder for HBCUs to get funding. We all know of the Parent PLUS debacle as these loans to our students are down. Pell grants to Black students are down. Direct loans to our students are down. Graduate subsidies were eliminated. In addition to student support, overall support to Black colleges is down
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