Black Colleges See a Need to Improve Their Image

Lissa Gotwals for The Chronicle

Experts in the education of minority students -- including (standing, from left) Everett Ward, director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Historically Black Colleges and University and Minority Serving Institutes program; Willie J. Gilchrist, chancellor of Elizabeth City State U., and Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., president of Livingstone College -- discussed the urgent need to improve the quality of historically black colleges at the HBCU Symposium in Durham, N.C.
June 27, 2010

The nation's historically black colleges are being challenged from within to overhaul their operations and image as they face outside pressures for more accountability.

Once the only higher-education option for black students, historically black…

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