How Black Colleges Empower Black Students
Lessons for Higher Education

Foreword by Karen A. Holbrook
Paper: 978 1 57922 145 4 / $31.95
Published: June 2006  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
288 pp., 6" x 9"
To their disadvantage, few Americans--and few in higher education--know much about the successes of historically Black colleges and universities.

How is it that historically Black colleges graduate so many low-income and academically poorly prepared students? How do they manage to do so well with students "as they are", even when adopting open admissions policies?

In this volume, contributors from a wide spectrum of Black colleges offer insights and examples of the policies and practice--such as retention strategies, co-curricular activities and approaches to mentoring--which underpin their disproportionate success with populations that too often fail in other institutions.

This book also challenges the myth that these colleges are segregated institutions and that teachers of color are essential to minority student success. HBCUs employ large numbers of non-Black faculty who demonstrate the ability to facilitate the success of African American students.

This book offers valuable lessons for faculty, faculty developers, student affairs personnel and administrators in the wider higher education community–lessons that are all the more urgent as they face a growing racially diverse student population.

While, for HBCUs themselves, this book reaffirms the importance of their mission today, it also raises issues they must address to maintain the edge they have achieved.

Contributors: Pamela G. Arrington; Delbert Baker; Susan Baker; Stanley F. Battle; T. J. Bryan; Terrolyn P. Carter; Ronnie L. Collins; Samuel DuBois Cook; Elaine Johnson Copeland; Marcela A. Copes; Quiester Craig; Lawrence A. Davis, Jr.; Frances C. Gordon; Frank W. Hale, Jr.; B. Denise Hawkins; Karen A. Holbrook; James E. Hunter; Frank L. Matthews; Henry Ponder; Anne S. Pruitt-Logan; Talbert O. Shaw; Orlando L. Taylor ; W. Eric Thomas; M. Rick Turner; Mervyn A. Warren; Charles V. Willie; James G. Wingate.

Table of Contents:
Foreword--Karen Holbrook; Foreword--Frank W. Hale, Jr.; Introduction--Frank W. Hale Jr.; 1 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Hbcus) in The Old South and The New South: Change and Continuity--Samuel Dubois Cook; 2 Black Colleges: Still Making an Indelible Impact With Less--Frank L. Matthews and B. Denise Hawkins; 3 Success Against The Odds: The HBCU Experience--Lawrence A. Davis Jr.; 4 Creating a Pathway: The Role of Historically Black Institutions in Enhancing Access, Retention, and Graduation--Elaine Johnson Copeland; 5 A Tradition Of Access and Academic Excellence: Stanley F. Battle, Pamela G. Arrington, Ronnie L. Collins, Marcella A. Copes, and Frances C. Gordon; 6 A Contribution to Higher Education: Mentoring Methods and Techniques Developed By Historically Black Colleges and Universities--Charles V. Willie; 7 Character Education: The Raison D’être of Historically Black Colleges and Universities--Talbert O. Shaw; 8 Factors That Influence Success for African American Students--Quiester Craig; 9 The Role of Black Colleges in Promoting Self-Concept and Student Centeredness Among Students--James G. Wingate; 10 What Makes African American Students Successful at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The First-Year Program--Henry Ponder; 11 Future Faculty for The Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Challenges and a Model for Intervention--Orlando L. Taylor and Terrolyn P. Carter; 12 Pathways to Success: Recruitment and Retention Methods at Oakwood College--Delbert and Susan Baker; 13 Recreating the Extended Family for African American University Students: A Formula for Success--M. Rick Turner; 14 Personal Reflections of Faculty Members At Virginia State University--James E. Hunter and W. Eric Thomas; 15 Pathways to Student Success at Fayetteville State University--T. J. Bryan; 16 What Makes African American Students Successful in Other Universities: Inclusiveness Rules of Engagement--Anne S. Pruitt-Logan; 17 Old Wine in New Bottles: Visioning Values in Higher Education--Mervyn A. Warren; Epilogue--Frank Hale Jr.

Reviews & Endorsements:
"In this book, contributors from How Black Colleges Empower Black Students detail strategies that help them attract, retain and graduate students who often come from low-income households and are not always fully prepared for college work. The book also underscores the relevance and necessity of having colleges that focus on this vulnerable population of students and produce successful graduates. At the same time, this volume addresses challenges How Black Colleges Empower Black Students must confront to continue to be a force in the education of tomorrow’s students."
- Diverse
"How does the Black student experience at HBCUs differ from the experience at traditionally White institutions, and what can be learned? This work should convince any skeptic. Higher education students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and policy makers alike should find interest in and benefit from this book."
- Journal of College Student Development