Morning Briefing - January 8, 2021


Digest After Dark - The Day After

We open the series for the new year with a live broadcast on Clubhouse, discussion on the attempted coup at the capitol, and expectations for HBCUs in 2021.

Saint Augustine’s University Launches First Graduate Program in its 154-Year History

One year after being approved by SACSCOC to offer online programs, Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) has officially launched their first graduate program in its 154-year history. Starting this year, SAU will offer a fully online practitioner-oriented Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program. (Courtesy:

Central State-Kentucky State Classic for Columbus Planned for Fall 2021

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission, which has worked to bring the group to the city, said an event of this size could be an important part of Columbus’ economic recovery from Covid-19. (Courtesy:

Jackson State receives $575K in GEER funds for student scholarships, VR learning experiences

Jackson State University was recently awarded $230,000 to assist students impacted by the pandemic and $345,000 to redesign the University’s STEM curriculum using virtual reality. Both amounts equate to over $500,000 for the University. (Courtesy:

South Carolina State joins consortium selected for $8 Billion Department of Energy contract

The Battelle Savannah River Alliance (BRSA) Team, which includes South Carolina State University, was selected by the Department of Energy to manage one of the country’s premier environmental, energy, and national security research facilities—the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). (Courtesy: