Historically black colleges and universities face declining enrollment, with expenses rising and the historic culture changing.
Only 13 percent of African Americans pursuing higher education are enrolled at a historically black college, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Mark Gamble, an African American who attends Georgia State University, where the population is 60 percent Caucasian, told the newspaper: “I like being around whites, blacks, Asians and all other minorities.”
Indeed, students from some higher-income families are opting for a more diverse environment at schools such as Harvard, Vanderbilt and elsewhere.
Those who choose historically black institutions find that they are getting a good education, but also a debt burden.
While more and more prospective students are looking for financial aid, historically black colleges do not always have the economic resources to serve them all.
“Black colleges fight erosion of their niche”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 15, 2009
If the Black colleges are good enough academically for Blacks, why don’t they try to recruit White and other minority students. I think that is happening already, but it may even be something that will enhance the schools, say an very good physics department, or a pre-MBA program, a pre-Med program that can claim acceptance to the best Medical schools in the States.
With those facts on the ground, the Black colleges may not be as Black and become “American colleges”. What’s wrong with that?