Poring over the data. Looks like the target numbers needed for the HBCUs to meet the 2020 goals of degrees awarded will be next to impossible to meet, as the gap between the numbers awarded presently and the yearly rate of growth identified as of 2009-2010 would still leave an incredible gap. However, it is exciting to see that there may be an increased effort made to identify sources of funding and to improve the level and type of press and communication about what the HBCU group of schools offer.
Money undoubtedly will help, but HBCUs have a history of doing other things to produce excellent graduates. The undergraduate business major at Florida A&M typically had the big banks and financial firms making the pilgrimage to campus to recruit FAMU kids. The STEM at North Carolina A&T is very good, despite being in the shadow of NC State just down the highway. The core curriculum at NC Central University has been called by some academicians as the best in the UNC system. Let’s emulate programs like these.