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ERIC Number: ED176651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Some Characteristics of the Historically Black Colleges.
Clayton, Robert
The role of historically Black colleges is discussed in relation to their ability to offer educational alternatives and options. Some characteristics of the Black colleges are that 42 percent are located in cities with less than 50,000 people, while fewer than 20 percent are located in cities with populations in excess of 500,000. Black colleges offer relatively few advanced degrees, especially at the PhD. level. The majority of Black colleges have religious affiliation with one of the branches of Methodism and 84 percent of all accredited Black colleges are in the southern association (as compared to 24 percent of all colleges). The student population of these colleges is basically Afro-American/Black. Open admissions policies are generally the rule and the majority of entrants do complete their baccalaureate at historically Black institutions. Nearly 6 out of 10 students are enrolled in education, business, or social science majors. The average cost for tuition and room and board compares with that of other colleges, and financial need is judged by similar criteria. The author advocates the continuation of the historically Black college as it provides a multi-ethnic/racial context for education and a laboratory for developing nations and peoples whose life styles are more like the environments of students at Black colleges. (PHR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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