Paul Quinn College, a private, religiously affiliated and historically black school will announce its effort to support the work college model. Beginning with the 2015-16 academic school year, students will be working in offices and departments on campus or with local businesses.
Students are to work their entire enrollment and in exchange, they will pay less tuition. President Sorrell recently spoke to HBCU Buzz on this next chapter of Paul Quinn College:
[pull_quote_center]”Our students drove this decision. We listened to what they said and what they could not say. We also heard the stress in their voices and saw the fear in their eyes. Every single dollar mattered to them. Hopefully, by adopting this system, they understand how they attend a college that loves them.”[/pull_quote_center]
Joining this effort will make Paul Quinn the 8th school in the nation but the first in a city the size of Dallas. The school is making strides to grow enrollment and to be more affordable. A few years ago, the school was in the media for successfully converting its football field into a farm.
“What we were trying to accomplish has always been very clear. We think there is a place in higher education for an institution that commits itself to the needs of the population and the communities they serve.” Sorrell told the Texas Tribune.
To attend the institution, tuition is $14,275 per year. With work credits and other assistance, on average that student wouldn’t pay more than $2,300 a year. Sorrell also told the Texas Tribune that “We have made a decision to function leanly in order to pass our savings onto our students, that’s just the right thing to do. It’s who we are, and that’s taking care of our family.”