Smith, Committee Member Denis O. Gray, Committee Chair Pamela P. Martin, Committee Member Abstract: The creation of collaborative partnerships between historically black colleges and universities HBCUs and predominantly white institutions PWIs is regarded as a very promising mechanism for strengthening the educational pipeline for student populations that are underrepresented in research fields of study and for strengthening the research infrastructure of HBCUs.
Filed in Features on October 24, Richard F. There is still some debate about whether racially identified higher education is necessary or desirable. But schools exist, and the basic question is, can they compete? In recent decades, several of these schools have emerged as selective, modern, well governed, and sustainable.
They attract high quality applicants, produce well-educated and Hbcu and pwi partnerships prepared graduates, and have faculty teaching at high levels and creating published scholarship that is recognized widely. But most HBCUs still struggle, require ongoing subsidies, and seem unable to improve sufficiently to raise their competitive standing.
Is there an approach that can ensure more than basic viability, and can lead to HBCUs that can compete with all other institutions similarly situated? Can they rise in the rankings, rather than stagnate at low levels on the lowest tiers? If HBCUs change in the right way, they can succeed.
But they must want to change. As they change, they can attract corporate and alumni support and general public funding.
Strategic directors on Boards of Trustees and others can find new ways to think about their mission, and the basic function and positioning of HBCUs, in relation to similarly situated institutions.
Seek to rise in the rankings to the next highest tier by Understand their SWOT—strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Identify the SWOT of the aspiration schools. Select boards that have the same qualities as the boards of the aspiration schools.
Regularly review cluster and value chain relationships, and strengthen them. Select one department—economics, math, biology or chemistry would be good examples—and build a core of very strong faculty that can make it truly outstanding. Establish strong student organizations and extracurricular programs that produce mature, thoughtful, polished professional women and men.
Establish standards for sororities and fraternities, and similar groups, that create an academic and service ethos, and end the era of the rap and hip-hop mentality. These have been destructive and anti-intellectual forces on campuses.
Too few adequately address the central constraints of lack of compelling vision, failure to understand competitiveness threats, and lack of competitiveness. They tend to see the problem, overwhelmingly, as a lack of outside resources, rather than primarily poor strategic positioning and poor leadership.
The basic missions of the HBCUs are, first, addressing the educational needs of segments of the student market who need access to high quality education, often with some remedial attention, and, second, research and community and public service.
Benchmark and Emulate Many HBCUs lack quality strategic thinking at the board policy level and lack high quality strategic leadership from presidents. HBCUs should identify two schools in the rankings at the tier above where they stand and use them as a benchmark. Adopt their best practices.
Imitate their most successful policies and practices.
They have to adapt and change. They have to come to see themselves as competitors in markets in which they previously had something of a monopoly. But they also have to compete for students and faculty in markets from which they were previously excluded.
HBCUs are part of a value chain. Most HBCUs draw most students from high schools that prepared them inadequately. Some of these HBCUs then add value, and pass the graduates on to employers, who place a higher or lower value on them than on other available candidates.
If HBCUs can add greater recognized and actual value, and produce more mature, thoughtful, polished, and attractive graduates, they will come to enjoy advantages over other similarly situated competitors.
Likewise, most HBCUs are situated such that they could consciously operate as members of clusters. Obviously, they do not have the resources to do front rank technical research.
They are not top-ranked research universities. But there can be beneficial relationships that take advantage of their location and produce mutual gains. Some HBCUs are geographically isolated. But even they can use information technology to participate in clusters.A PWI refers to predominantly white institutions, basically any institution of higher learning that wasn't labeled an HBCU prior to These institutions usually have student bodies made up mostly of whites, with sprinkles of different races such as African American, Hispanic, Asian, and so on.
Raise your hand if you are tired of HBCU faculty and ADMINISTRATORS making excuses for running chicken bone operations in You knew the condition of the students you were preparing to teach when you took the job.
An Investigation of Research Partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly White Institutions. Show full item record. Title: An Investigation of Research Partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly White Institutions In spite of the growing popularity of HBCU-PWI.
I'm not sure why this hasn't been done before but here is our list of interracial friendly states, and cities. Bookmark this information and pass it along. It is a good exchange of cultures, providing broadening experiences for both types of students,” Smith said. As valuable as HBCU/PWI partnerships are as a contributor towards putting more African-Americans into the final stages of the educational pipeline, they are not without their pitfalls, administrators say.
Location: Files» ODA Workshops» HBCU/PWI Partnership Download File. File Description. Learn lessons from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that may help predominantly white institutions (PWIs) increase underrepresented minority in medicine enrollment and retention.