HBCU is not a minority service organization (letter)

To the editors:

In “Forgotten Mainly Black Institutions of Higher Aid”, Kurt Smoke and Jalwainaka Scott, presidents of the University of Baltimore and the State of Chicago, respectively, have applied for the position of “PBIs”, the nominee’s predominantly black institution (PBIs). Front, ā€¯including HBCUs.

In doing so, the authors mistakenly define HBCU as a minority service organization (MSIs) and present a comparison between congressional investment in HBCUs and PBIs, which they want to do, comparing the proverbial apple to an orange.

The misleading comparison between HBCU and PBI is at the root of the authors’ failure, like many, to understand that the PBI, the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the Asian American, the Native American and the Pacific Islander Institution (AANAPISI) are doing it. NASNTIs, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNHSIs), all of which are not by definition defined as Minority Service Institutions (MSIs), HBCUs or Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

HBCU and TCU are mission-oriented organizations born out of the positive inequality of the federal government. HBCU and TCU were established to remedy the effects of ongoing investigations into discrimination and discrimination against African Americans and American Indians, respectively. There is no race or ethnicity requirement for HBCU or TCU.

Despite the flaws in the arguments raised by our esteemed colleagues, we share their conclusion that the PBI needs strong federal support. There is an error in the allocation formula used by Congress to determine PBI shares in the federal dollar.

PBIs are less funded than others in their MSI cohorts (PBIs, HSIs, AANAPISIs, NASNTIs, and ANNHSIs) because well-intentioned congressional proprietors are fighting to increase equitable investment in low-resource, diversified MSI subsets. . In separate fund streams, our champion proprietors strive to raise funds to meet their growing needs and proven results, mission-based HBCUs and TCUs, which were established by the federal government to address positive inequalities.

PBIs should not be fed into the myth that PBIs and HBCUs are virtually identical with different histories, or that PBIs and HBCUs are not competitive entities. History, missions, targeted student cohorts or desired outcomes are not the same.

At the request of Congressmen Danny Davis (ill), Major Owens (NY), Ed Towns (NY), Donald Payne Sr. (NJ) and Senator Ted Kennedy, our organization, NAFEO, led the formulation of PBI provisions in the 2008 HEA Amendment. (Mass.), A vehicle for Congress to create a program to provide for members of Congress whose pockets are low-income, first-generation African Americans in their state, who have joined government and private nonprofit organizations that enroll a significant percentage of these students. Invest in strengthening these institutions as a way to bridge the education gap.

We, along with Congressman Danny Davis, the original author of the 2007 PBI Act and a staunch champion of the PBI, and chairs and members of the Congressional Education Authorization and Appropriations Committee, President Smoke, Scott, the day the day the day the day the day the day the day the day the day the day the day Looking forward to continuing to work with the Appropriations Committee. We believe that CEOs of the other 78 organizations qualify as PBIs and the HBCU community, so that PBIs receive comparable funding with their MSI counterparts and we have a common agenda and strong collaborative voice for PBIs.

–Jon Pierre
Chancellor, Southern University Law Center
Chairman of the NAFEO Presidents Working Group on Policy, Advocacy and Law

– Leslie Bakerville
President and CEO
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

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