ERIC Number: ED170408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Debate and Understanding--Symposium No. 4, 1978: Myths and Realities About Historically Black Colleges in Higher Education.
Carter, Donald L., Ed.
Debate and Understanding: A Journal for the Study of Minority Americans' Economic, Political and Social Development, 1978
This journal contains articles reporting on different aspects of black higher education in the United States. A survey of myths about black colleges reveals that black colleges range from the strong to the weak, just as do white colleges, and that they are no more segregated than white colleges. An examination of the history of black education and the present situation of black colleges shows that graduates of black colleges were trained to serve the black community exclusively. Black colleges have continued to take academically unprepared students and turn out graduates able to compete successfully with graduates from white institutions. All this has been without much Federal aid until recently. No significant national commitment to the higher education of blacks existed prior to 1968. The role of black colleges is compensatory in terms of the continuing default of American higher education to be more responsive to the needs of black students. There is a special need to aid blacks so that they can take advantage of opportunities for study in science and engineering, since secondary schools are failing to prepare blacks for this kind of college work. (MC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Academic Services and Minority Affairs.
Note: For related documents, see UD 019 360-362; Not available in hard copy due to print size of the original document