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Policy Brief: Funding for HBCUs

September 22, 2010 - Penn Graduate School of Education, in conjunction with North Carolina Central University, has published a policy brief written by GSE Associate Professor Marybeth Gasman.

Comprehensive Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities examines current HBCU funding sources, policies, and strategies. It makes recommendations for innovative ways to support these institutions, as well as actions HBCUs can undertake to strengthen themselves. Although HBCUs are addressed in general, particular attention is placed on public HBCUs.

Gasman incorporated many of the ideas in this brief into a presentation she and Nelson Bowman III, Director of Development at Prairie View A&M University, delivered at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities conference in Washington, D.C., during National HBCU Week, in September.

Recently awarded the 2010 Ozell Sutton Medallion of Justice by the president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., for her research on historically black colleges and universities, Gasman is an expert in African-American philanthropy and educational leadership. 

She’s the author of “Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund” and “Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions.”

To download a pdf of the policy brief, click here.

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