President Donald Trump and “the current divisive racial and political climate” of his presidency maybe one reason more students are choosing to attend historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, according to Good Magazine.
Great news, right? Trump is a racist, bigot, sexist, and etc, right?
Black college enrollment has increased over the last three decades but the people over at Good Magazine says more students are going to these colleges for the need of “safe spaces.”
I think more students are choosing to attend HBCUs because these colleges are supposed to be a place where all ideas are discussed, not political correctness.
From Good Magazine:
Thurgood Marshall. Oprah Winfrey. Toni Morrison. Spike Lee. Martin Luther King Jr. These are just some of the notable graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), which are home to many of the nation’s most brilliant scholars. HBCU graduates have not only shaped the course of history, but today, these institutions produce 90% of the nation’s black science and technology graduates, half of the nation’s black teachers, and approximately 20% of black graduates.
While HBCUs play a vital role in educating the next generation of leaders (both black and non-black), historically black institutions have struggled over the years to receive necessary federal and private funding to help them compete with other universities. Still, enrollment has increased over the last three decades.
In 2016, Spelman College, the top ranked HBCU by U.S. News & World Report, received 7,868 new applications, a record for the 135-year-old institution, which has a total undergraduate population of just over 2000 students. Of course, Spelman is not the only HBCU to report significant increases. From 1976 to 2015, HBCU enrollment increased by 32%, from 223,000 students to 293,000…
“The racial unrest in this country probably has a huge impact on enrollment rates,” says Dr. Jacob Butler, chairperson of the division of social sciences at Morris College, a small HBCU located in South Carolina.”
Head over to Good Magazine and read more.