The Changing Face of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Dr. Marybeth Gasman

Marybeth Gasman is one of the country's leading authorities on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). A dynamic and prolific historian of higher education, Gasman is launching the Center for Minority Serving Insitutions at the Penn Graduate School of Education this fall.

Few Americans are familiar with the storied history and modern challenges of HBCUs, and even fewer are aware of the critical role they play in providing higher education opportunities to the nation's underserved students. In a recently released report on the changing face of HBCUs, Gasman sets the record straight.

"HBCUs are really doing the lion's share of the work when it comes to low-income students in general, and especially low-income students of color."

-Marybeth Gasman on NPR's Tell Me More

Press Release

For more information on The Changing Face of HBCUs, please refer to the press release.


View and download a copy of The Changing Face of HBCUs here.

View and download individual report infographics here.

Press Coverage

NPR Code Switch Story
Are HBCUs in Trouble? An Evergreen Question, June 26, 2013
"I always like to say that HBCUs are just as diverse as the rest of institutions of higher education," Gasman said. "The thing they have at their core is a dedication to low income students. It's a noble, noble goal that a lot of [mainstream] institutions don't want to have anything to do with."

Diverse Education Story
Reflections on 'The Changing Face of Historically Black Colleges and Universities', June 2, 2013
"This report is much needed and timely. It is needed because it fills a void by presenting empirical research that informs our understanding of Black colleges rather than relying on anecdotes and assertions." writes Alvin J. Schexnider.

Interview on NPR's Tell Me More
All Races Attracted To HBCU Campuses, May 13, 2013
"According to a new report, historically black colleges and universities are attracting more Asian and Latino students than ever before. Host Michel Martin discusses that and other findings with the report's author, Marybeth Gasman, and Morgan State University President, David Wilson."

Philadelphia Inquirer Story
Penn professor issues report on historically black universities, May 17,2013
“I’ve seen a number of people issuing statements about HBCUs and having absolutely no data,” Gasman said in an interview. “So I thought why don’t we actually look at that data. And if we can’t find something on a national scale, let’s go after that information ourselves.”

The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
President Obama's commencement speech at Morehouse College to shine spotlight on HBCUs, May 18, 2013
“It’s been difficult but I do think that HBCUs tend to be fairly resilient,” she (Marybeth Gasman) said. “They tend to be creative about how to do things they know how to do on a small budget.”

This article was also published by The Washington Post, ABCNews, as well as seven other news sources.