Julius H. Cromwell: HBCU challenge

February 2, 2014 

The Jan. 26 news article “Proud history, uncertain future” described the dire situation that most HBCUs are facing. Even though the article focused on the state’s five historically black universities, private institutions such as Shaw University and Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh have confronted these issues throughout most of their history. Shaw will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015. Saint Augustine’s will celebrate 150 years in 2017.

Both schools are accredited institutions. The longevity of these institutions is attributed to their ability not only to survive but to thrive, especially during periods of severe financial challenges. However, today’s challenge is to remain relevant by continuing to be innovative and creative in preparing students for leadership roles and responsibilities in a complex, diverse global society.

Julius H. Cromwell

Raleigh

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