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Inaugural Report from Center for the Study of HBCUs: Biden/Harris Education Agenda Must Support Funding Equity for HBCUs

January 25, 2021 GMT

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Center for the Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at Virginia Union University released, “A Pledge of Allegiance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Key Priorities of the Biden/Harris Administration.” The first of its kind, this new report is designed to synthesize the new administration’s education priorities that will most directly impact HBCUs, and provide a vehicle for tracking accountability to the HBCU community as the policy agendas for these institutions evolve.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities play a critical role in evolving a diverse society. Research shows that HBCUs graduate more black professionals than primarily white institutions” said Dr. Hakim Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union University. “There are many promising proposals in the new administration’s agenda—but, there’s a long history of broken promises and inequitable treatment when it comes to HBCUs.”

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Revealing the reality that HBCUs receive less than 1% of federal funding, the report identifies and addresses several policy gaps that President Biden aims to correct that could most immediately address inequities in funding for HBCUs. They are:

The Center is committed to ensuring the sustainability of HBCUs in the United States. It uses research and programming to regularly assess the federal government’s progress toward delivering on the promises made to Black colleges.

“These 101 national treasures punch above their weight, in terms of providing access to first-generation, low-income, and vulnerable populations, as well as cultural advancement, economic development, and student success,” said Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University and director of the center. “HBCUs are powerful economic and cultural engines in American society, and the center’s research focus was designed to ensure their sustainability.”

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To read the full report, click here

About Virginia Union University
Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advance liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit https://www.vuu.edu/ for more information.

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