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Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Their Place in American Higher Education

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Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have served a population under severe legal, educational, economic, and political restrictions. They have maintained a close relationship with the struggle of blacks for survival, advancement, and equality in American society. By comparison with other colleges, they are poor in financial resources physical plant, and teaching facilities. They face opposition from the white power structure and must often deal with students inadequately prepared for college-level learning. However, they are a vital national resource and have served as the font of African American leadership. They are the custodians of the archives of black Americans and centers for the study of black culture. Roebuck and Murty's work is significant as the first comprehensive study of historically black colleges and universities.

HBCUs are defined in the first chapter. Chapter 2 gives the history of black higher education in the United States. Chapter 3 profiles 109 black institutions of learning. Chapter 4 provides a comparative overview of black higher education in terms of enrollment patterns, faculty composition, and staff composition. Chapter 5 reviews the literature on campus race relations. Chapter 6 provides an empirical account of race relations among black and white students and faculty on ten black and five white southeastern college campuses. The study concludes with a complete and up-to-date list of references on race relations and blacks in American higher education.

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Editorial Reviews

Addresses the questioned continuing role of traditionally black institutions of higher learning now that black students are increasingly enrolled in formerly all-white colleges. Finds that black colleges are still needed for educating black youth, for offering an archival source for black scholarship, and for providing unique teacher/student relationships and teaching methods. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275942670
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1993
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JULIAN B. ROEBUCK is Research Professor in the Criminal Justice Institute at Clark Atlanta University.

KOMANDURI S. MURTY is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at Clark Atlanta University and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters.

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Table of Contents

1 Study Objectives and the Case for Historically Black Colleges and Universities 1
2 The History of Black Higher Education in the United States 21
3 Profiles of Historically Black Colleges and Universities 53
4 Historically Black College and University Demographics, Academic Programs, Enrollment Patterns, Faculty, and Staff 97
5 Review of the Literature on Campus Race Relations 111
6 Race Relations on Five White and Ten Black Campuses 133
7 Summary and Conclusions 201
References 207
Index 217
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