There is a sense that, with HBCU athletics rising to prominence in recent weeks and HBCU philanthropy headlines continuing to gain attention, believing Black colleges to be in an uncharacteristically calm, but not quite good place is a worthwhile endeavor.
Vibes may be good, but policies are not. The White House ran out the 2021 calendar without appointing an executive director for its initiative on HBCUs. A board of advisors, at least publicly, has only a chair and vice-chair.
Much-needed federal support for Black colleges etched into the Build Back Better plan have been scrapped by a senator representing both of West Virginia's historically Black institutions.
This isn't where we want to be. And it is even more of a sunken place when evaluating some of the policies and trends in various HBCU states, which may prove harmful to a sizable number of the schools in the next few months. Here are just a few.