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The True Strength of Black Colleges and Universities
THE FACTS: Less then 1% of all Black CEO's are from HBCU's, but on the other end of the spectrum, 75% of all Black PhD's, 46% of Black business executives, 50% of Black engineers, 80% of Black federal judges, 85% of all Black doctors, 50% of Black attorneys, 75% of Black military officers, 40% of Black dentists, 50% of Black pharmacists, 75% of Black Veterinarians and finally, almost 40% of this country's Black graduates were educated at HBCU's.
THE ISSUE: Although Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU's) are not producing large numbers of CEO's in corporate America, we are obviously producing an entrepreneurial spirit. Is it more important for our HBCU's to produce Blacks to work for others or to work for self? And, exactly what is it about HBCU's that foster a culture of independence which produces the kinds of professionals in mass numbers as shown in the facts?
THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF BLACK COLLEGES
Our history is rooted in innovation born from necessity; therefore it is no wonder many would rather strive to own their businesses instead of heading those which belong to others. As a result of not being allowed to attend White institutions of higher learning the HBCU was born. And it continues to be a very important part of our tapestry in this country for various reasons.
The age-old debate is whether to send your child to a Black college or a White college. We often hear the rhetoric that HBCU's do not provide the level of academic excellence and competitiveness that White institutions provide.
And therefore, many parents struggle with the choice as to where they send their child to college. Tell the truth, even the most afro centric among us have lost sleep over whether they should be a catalyst for change in a White institution or gain bragging rights as one of the many proud alumni of our various HBCU's.
Generally, at HBCU's, there is an overall vested interest from the faculty to provide life skills as well as academic challenge to the students. That is evident by the sited statistics reflecting all those who went on to professional school and excelled. We know that many of the graduates will bring that knowledge right back to the community, thus creating a cycle of re-growth and pride.
Yes, HBCU's have some of the brightest Black minds in this country instructing the students, and these institutions do provide the necessary tools to compete in both the private and public sector. The determining factors should be the needs of the individual student and their long-term goals. Not to mention the pressure to attend the "family school".
Admittedly, those who attend HBCU's will be quickly initiated in the evils of lost paperwork and registration nightmares, but that is considered a badge of honor once you cross that stage. The obvious strengths of these schools are the pride, motivation and survival skills they instill. They all have a rich history and legacy.
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