In recent testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Investment, Angela Sailor, vice president of Heritage’s Feulner Institute, discussed the significance and contributions of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
“Make no mistake,” said Sailor in her testimony, “the contributions of historically black colleges and universities to America are invaluable. According to the United Negro College Fund, our historic institutions serve more than 300,000 students each year. Graduates hold fully a quarter of all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees earned by African Americans. I am proud to say I am one of them.”
Sailor also stated how important it was for HBCUs to rethink how higher education is financed and delivered. She highlighted a Heritage Foundation report that focuses on how HBCUs could adapt for the future.
“The report highlights ways HBCUs could attract new and additional private investment by connecting state and national priorities (such as competitiveness, career preparation, and economic development) with the people and communities they serve,” said Sailor.
Sailor said programs like income share agreements and accreditation reform could lower costs and increase flexibility for students.
“Today’s 101 HBCUs have overcome tremendous obstacles just to come into existence. They are adversity-hardened and time-tested,” said Sailor in conclusion to her testimony. “Working together, and working with willing partners in both public and private sectors, our historic institutions are destined to prevail over the challenges presented by the coronavirus, recessions, or even worse.”
Sailor’s full testimony, delivered during the Oct. 6 subcommittee hearing, “The Historical Roots and Continued Contributions of HBCUs,” can be found here.