May 2021

Top Story


Mandatory Vaccines
The higher education community is anxious to return to normal this fall. They are encouraged by the latest recommendations from the CDC and reports that infections have slowed. However, they realize that cooler weather and virulent variants could fuel a resurgence in the fall. Although mandatory vaccination may not be a magic bullet, administrators at many institutions view it as essential. There are several factors to weigh before instituting such a policy:
Impact of any rule on enrollment, equitable treatment, and privacy
Administrative burden associated with enforcement and record keeping
Local, state, and federal laws and compliance requirements
The possibility of legal challenges


To minimize the threat of legal challenges, some institutions are strongly urging students get vaccinated before returning to campus, rather than requiring them to do so. Others are offering incentives. Like the sector at large, HBCUs are not uniform in their approach and have adopted various tactics. Although some are restrained by state law, others were among the first to require vaccination. The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times have been keeping track of the higher education vaccine mandates. The American Council on Education published a brief on the issue. Read more.

In Other News


Settlement Approved
U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has approved an agreement that settles a suit brought against the state of Maryland by its HBCUs. The suit accused the state of undermining the HBCUs. Between 2023 and 2033, Maryland will provide an additional $555,000,000 in funding to Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. An additional $22,000,000 will be awarded to the HBCUs to cover legal costs. Read more.


Department of Education Disburses Stimulus Funds
The Department of Education has begun distributing HEERF allocations mandated by the latest coronavirus stimulus legislation. Institutions must use half the funds to provide emergency grants to students impacted by the pandemic. All students will be eligible for assistance, including those who have not filed a FAFSA form, so-called Dreamers, and those classified as international or undocumented. This expanded eligibility is retroactive. The Department of Education has published a HEERF III allocation table that lists the award amounts. Additional funding for Minority Serving Institutions, including HBCUs, will be distributed through a separate process. Read more.


Travel Restrictions Eased for Students
Some international students may be exempt from federal restrictions that block travelers from regions experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. National interest exceptions announced by the US Secretary of State expand exemptions to include persons seeking to provide vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs Read more.


Flexibilities Extended for International Students
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement updated the FAQ outlining flexibilities pertaining to the permissibility of enrolling in on-line only courses for the 2021-2022 academic year. Read more.


Tuition Discounting
An annual survey conducted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) on tuition discounting shows institutions have increased reductions as they try to improve recruitment and retention outcomes worsened by the pandemic. Read more.


Borrower Defense Revisited
The Department of Education approached the process of negotiated rulemaking to revise regulations governing borrower defense to repayment, gainful employment and other programs. Public hearings will be held in June. Read more.


Access to Student Data Expanded
The Department of Education has added the Department of Labor, the Federal Communication Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services to the list of federal agencies permitted to access Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data. Read more.


Court Will Not Delay Executive Order
District Judge Roseann Ketchmark denied a request from the College of the Ozarks for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction while its law suit against the federal government moves forward. At issue is a federal directive that asserts transgender students have a protected right to stay in the dormitory of the gender with which they identify. The college, a private Christian institution, said it was disappointed in the ruling and will appeal. Read more.


HBCUs Other Teams Withdraw from National Tournament
Morehouse College and Spelman College withdrew from the United States Universities Debating Championship after complaints of racial taunting and misconduct were not addressed in a timely manner. Vanderbilt University, Clemson University, and other institutions followed suit. The Tournament's equity team issued an apology for mishandling the complaints. The tournament organizers canceled the competition and held a forum on racism in the debate community. Read more.


Initiative Targets Stop Outs
A partnership between the UNCF and InsideTrack will help students who left college before attaining a degree resume their studies at participating HBCUs. Nine HBCUs are participating in the program which will target over 4,000 former students. Read more.


Tenure Denial Sparks Protests
When Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalist was appointed the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media she was not awarded tenure. Her predecessors received tenure upon appointment. The denial of tenure sparked protests amid speculation that it was politically motivated by opposition to her work with the 1619 Project. Students and news media were not satisfied by the explanation provided by the university's chancellor and board chair. Read more.


HBCU Leaders Collaborate
The UNCF and the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (HELF) have launched the first Presidential Leadership Institute for presidents of HBCUs and Predominately Black Institutions. The inaugural cohort of eight will engage with mentors, and senior HELF fellows over the year. Read more.




Deadlines and Information




Annual DUNS Number Registration Renewal
Student Financial Aid published a reminder that institutions must register their grantee and payee DUNS numbers in the SAM website. Read more.


Tax Guidance
The IRS has provided guidance on deferred payroll tax obligations under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The Act extends the period that the deferred taxes are withheld and paid ratably. Read more.


Addendum to the 2020 Compliance Supplement 
The Office of Management and Budget's Addendum to the 2020 Compliance Supplement provides additional audit guidance for programs with expenditures of COVID-19 awards. Information provided includes advice on the treatment of donated personal protective equipment and guidance on special reporting requirements mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Read more.


Lease Concessions
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) provided guidance regarding compliance with the updated lease accounting rules during the pandemic. Read more.


Tax Guidance
The IRS has provided guidance on deferred payroll tax obligations under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The Act extends the period that the deferred taxes are withheld and paid ratably. Read more.


Verification Reporting Reminders
Federal Student Aid published a reminder on verification reporting requirements and the 2020-2021 award year deadlines (FAFSA, ISIR, SAR, and Verification) Read more.


Privacy Issues
Institutions of higher education are exempt from the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act recently signed by Governor Northam. However, other states are considering legislation and violations could be costly. Keep track of state privacy laws and ensure third party servicers and adopted technologies are in compliance. Read more.


Payment Process Compliance
An update by Nacha to its Automated Clearing House (ACH) rules may impact institutions of higher education. Under the updated account validation rule, institutions will be required to verify checking accounts before they can be used for web payments. Enforcement will begin March 19, 2022. Additional rules for data protection require data to be secure when it is at rest. Those rules go into effect June 30, 2021. Enforcement will begin June 30, 2022. Read more.






Direct Loan Closeout
The Direct Loan closeout deadline for the 2019–2020 program year is July 30, 2021. This is the last processing day of the program year. All school data must be received and accepted by this date. Allow ample time for processing, which can take several days. Read more.


Coronavirus Indicator
The Department of Education extended the deadline for adding the Coronavirus Indicator for disbursements of Title IV funds for the 2020-21 Award Year to September 30, 2021. The Coronavirus Indicator should be set only after confirming no further changes to a disbursement will be necessary. Read more.


Return of Title IV Reporting
The deadline for reporting funds not returned under the Return of Title IV (R2T4) requirements due to CARES Act relief is September 30, 2021, for all award years. Read more.


Campus-Based Deadline Dates for the 2021-22 Award Year
The Department of Education released the deadlines for campus-based programs for the 2021-2022 award year.







Cohort Default Rate Challenge and Appeal
Federal Student Aid has updated the Cohort Default Rate Guide (2020). Appeals and incorrect data challenges must be made through the eCDR Appeals System. Guides and simulations for using the eCDR Appeals System are also available. For more information consult theFAQ


Expected Family Contributions
Federal Student Aid published explanations and formulae for calculating Expected Family Contributions for 2021-2022. Read more.


Pell Grant Administrative Cost Allowance
The first Administrative Cost Allowance Payments for the 2020-2021 Award Year is posted in the G5 system as an available balance. Read more.


Pell Grant Schedules
The 2021-2022 Award Year Federal Pell Grant Program Payment and Disbursement Schedules are available in PDF and Excel formats. Read more.


Explanation Of Final Funding Level Worksheets
Federal Student Aid provided an explanation of the calculations used to determine the actual funding for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS) programs for 2021–2022. Read more


Interest Rates for Direct Loans
Federal Student Aid announced interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. Read more


HEAL Program Interest Rates
The maximum interest rates for HEAL Program Loans for quarter ending June 30, 2021, were posted on the Department of Education website. View Chart.


FFEL Program Interest Rates
The maximum interest rates for announced for FFEL Program Loans will expire June 30, 2021. View Chart.


Sequester-Required Changes to Title IV Programs
The Department of Education published information regarding the sequester-required increases to Direct Loan fees and sequester-required reductions in Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and TEACH Grant award amounts. Read more


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a warning regarding a scam aimed at educational institutions, students, and staff. Victims receive fraudulent emails that display the IRS logo and use various subject lines, such as "Tax Refund Payment" or "Recalculation of your tax refund payment." Do not open the email. If you have opened it, DO NOT CLICK on any of the links. Report the incident as outlined in the alert. Read more.







Title III or Title V Non-Federal Share Requirement Waiver
HBCUs automatically qualify for the waiver of the campus-based non-federal share requirement. However, this does not include the 50% federal share limitation for FWS wages paid to students employed by a private, for-profit organization, or the 80% federal share limitation for the administration of the Job Location and Development (JLD) Program. Read more.


Heightened Cash Monitoring
The Heightened Cash Monitoring lists have been updated. Institutions participating in Federal Student Aid on a HCM1 basis are permitted to pay student credit balances after drawing down Title IV funds. This permission expires at the end of the payment period that begins after the COVID-19 national emergency ends. Read more


Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement
The requirement for the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement--Borrower Completion is waived for the 2021-2022 award year. The process will continue to be available on the updated studentaid.gov website. However, completion of the acknowledgement is not required. View Announcement.


Underuse Penalties
An automatic waiver of the underuse penalty applies to 2020–2021 allocations. Institutions are permitted to continue paying FWS wages to students whose employment was interrupted by a COVID-19 related event until the end of the payment period that includes the last date that the COVID-19 national emergency is in effect. View Chart of Waivers.


Natural Disaster Policy
In light of the severe winter storms, the National Institutions of Health published a reminder that it considers late applications in cases of natural disasters or emergencies. Applicants must submit a cover letter providing details about the delay with the application, which should be submitted as soon as possible after the institution has reopened. Read more


Early Implementation
Institutions may implement the regulation permitting use of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning in the delivery of clock-hour programs by distance learning, if the relevant licensure body will accept distance learning hours to meet licensure requirements. (The regulation goes into effect on July 1, 2021.) Read more.






HEERF III FAQ has been updated. (Note questions 7, 11, 28, 30, 31, and 35)


Student Aid Portion
General Info  |   Student Eligibility Rule  |   Supplement  |   Allocation Table  |   Reference


Institutional Portion
General Info  |   Supplement   |  Allocation Table   |  Reference


Reporting Requirement  |   Audit Requirement   |   Additional Audit Information
Updated FAQ for Calculating, Reimbursing, and Reporting Lost Revenue
Revision to allowable time period
Additional Info


Information regarding additional funds set aside for HBCUs, TCCUs, and Supplemental Support has not been posted.



PPP Forgiveness Application REMINDER


A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. A borrower can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If a borrower does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and the borrower will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.


Eligible borrowers qualify for full forgiveness for First Draw PPP loans if during the 8-24-week covered period following loan disbursement:
Employee and compensation levels are maintained
The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses 
At least 60% of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs.

Eligible borrowers qualify for full forgiveness for Second Draw PPP loans if during the 8-24-week covered period following loan disbursement:
Employee and compensation levels are maintained in the same manner as required for the First Draw PPP loan
The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses 
At least 60% of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs

Loan forgiveness applications can be downloaded from the SBA website or obtained from your PPP lender. Check the SBA website to ensure you have the latest information. Versions in use at the time of publication are listed below. 
Version 9 of the PPP 3508 Loan Forgiveness Application
Version 7 of the PPP 3508S Loan Forgiveness Application
PPP EZ Loan Forgiveness Application


(Please note: Recent legislation eliminated the requirement to deduct the amount of any EIDL Advance you may have received from your PPP loan forgiveness.) Read more.





Grants, Awards, Gifts

Howard University School of Law was awarded $10,000,000 from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation to create the Greene Public Service Scholars Program. The program will support students committed to careers in public service law. Read more.

South Carolina State University College of Business announced that Dr. Barbara Adams has been awarded a $581,863 capacity grant from the US Department of Agriculture to conduct research and develop a sustainable  agricultural and entrepreneurial leadership model for small farmers in South Carolina. Read more.

Philander Smith College President Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., made a surprise announcement during a dual commencement ceremony honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021. He told the graduates that the college had used a $54,000 grant from the Jack and Jill Foundation’s College GAP Fund, private gifts, and alumni donations to wipe out nearly $80,000 of outstanding debt that could have prevented some students from receiving their diplomas. Read more.

The UNCF and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation have collaborated to provide emergency degree completion awards to HBCU students whose graduation was jeopardized by outstanding academic debt. Awards of up to $2,500 were made available to eligible students attending UNCF-member institutions. Read more.

Synchrony announced it will invest $50,000,000 to expand higher education access. Several other organizations and institutions, including North Carolina A&T State University and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff will participate in the initiative. Read more.

Dillard University received $1,000,000 from the Ray Charles Foundation to support the Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture. The program focuses on researching, documenting, and preserving African American literature, food, art, film, music, clothing, and other expressions of culture. Read more.

North Carolina A&T State University announced a record $181,400,000 was raised from 21,300 donors during its recently completed eight-year capital campaign. Read more.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff was awarded a $469,420 two-year grant from the Windgate Foundation to support its Educator Preparation Program. Read more.

Fisk University announced a $500,000 two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funds will support conservation and capacity building for the Fisk University Galleries. Read more.

Philander Smith College announced it has received a $2,500,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce to assist in building a HBCU Center of Excellence in Digital Education and Rural Workforce Development. The fund will be used, in part, to renovate space to house the center and create a learning lab. Read more.

Clark Atlanta University received $5,000,000 in gifts and donations during its 2021 commencement ceremonies. Large donations include $3,000,000 from the House of Cheatham to support the Robert H. “Bob“ Bell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development, $1,000,000 from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support the Executive Leadership Institute, and $1,000,000 from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation to establish the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Southern Civic Engagement, Leadership & Social Justice Institute and Southern Regional Office. Read more.

Humanities Scholars who graduated from or are affiliated with a Virginia HBCU will be eligible for fellowships made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. There are no residency requirements. The fellowships will cover research periods of six to nine months. Application information will be made available on the Virginia Humanities web site. The fellowships are expected to be awarded in the fall. Read more.

Fort Valley State University received a commitment of $50,000 from National Geographic in honor of Dr. Terrance Ferguson and Dr. Vernard Hodges. They are Fort Valley State University alumni who currently star on the Nat Geo Wild's Critter Fixers: Country Vets show. The donation will fund a full-time undergraduate student majoring in veterinary technology. Read more.

Fisk University announced it has received a $2,500,000 gift from Amy and Frank Garrison to establish an endowed chair for the director of the John Lewis Center and an endowed scholarship. Both endowments are named for Diane Nash, an alumna who played a prominent role in the Nashville Lunch counter sit-ins. Read more.


Appointments and Changes

The Lincoln University Board of Curators has named Dr. John Moseley interim president. Dr. Moseley has been with the university several years. He most recently served as director of athletics. He takes the reins from Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk who has resigned. Read more

Bennett College named Dr. Laura Colson vice president for academic affairs. Prior to the appointment, Dr. Colson served as associate vice president for academic affairs at Johnson C. Smith University. Read more

Bethune-Cookman University named Dr. Hiram Powell interim president. The appointment went into effect May 16, 2021. Dr. Powell takes the helm from Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite. Read more

Fayetteville State University named Dr. Monica Terrell Leach provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. She comes to the university from North Carolina Central University where she served as senior associate vice chancellor for enrollment management and academic affairs. Read more

Central State University named Blake K. Gaines band director for the Invincible Marching Marauders. Mr. Gaines is a musician, with experience arranging, writing, and producing music. He is a graduate of Jackson State University and is currently working on his doctorate. The marching band will perform on August 28, 2021, at the HBCU Classic for Columbus. Read more

North Carolina A&T University Board of Trustees has named Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten a member. She is an alumna who currently is serving a president of Simmons University. The appointment is for four-years. Read more

Dr. Mordecai Brownlee, vice president for student success at St. Philip's College, has been named president of the Community College of Aurora, effective July 15, 2021. Read more

Howard University College of Fine Arts named alumna Phylicia Rashad as dean. Ms. Rashad, a distinguished actor and stage director, will report to the Provost Anthony K. Wutoh. She takes the helm of the College of Fine Arts, which will be comprised of the current departments of Art, Theatre and Music, on July 1, 2021. Read more

Alcorn State University announced the retirement of Joanna Williams, director of the J.D. Boyd Library. An alumna of the university, Ms. Williams served as the library’s reference/archivist librarian/public service director for 25 years. Read more

Xavier University of Louisiana announced the resignation of Jason Horn, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of athletics and recreation. He helped establish the university as a contender in intercollegiate athletics. His resignation is effective immediately. Curtis Wright, vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim director of athletics until a national search is completed.Read more

Grambling State University named Dr. Rudolph Ellis interim vice president of student affairs. He takes the reins from Dr. Guorjoine, who was also serving on an interim basis. Dr. Ellis is an experienced educator and leader.Read more

Alabama State University director of athletics has resigned. Ms. Jennifer Lynne Williams announced she will step down. She has been named chief development officer of the USA Basketball Foundation. Alabama State University President Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., offered thanks and congratulations. Read more

Bethune-Cookman University announced that after 30 years with the athletics department, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lynn W. Thompson will not renew his contract, which expires June 30, 2021. Mr. Thompson, an alumnus of the university, is also a television and radio producer and has been active in his church. Read more



Honors and Acknowledgements

St. Philip's College President, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, was awarded the 2021 UNCF Excellence in Education Award for her work in support of making quality education accessible to all students. Read More.

Alcorn State University awarded its first doctoral degrees. Six family nurse practitioners were awarded Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the Cora S. Balmat School of Nursing. All six of the graduates had also earned their master’s degrees in nursing from the university. Read More.

Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders The Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named 20 HBCUs as this year's annual Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders in recognition of their engagement with the program..Read more.

Dillard University awarded the University's Presidential Medal to retiring board trustee Frank Mason. An alumnus who began his career in the financial sector, Mr. Mason is retiring after 25 years of service. Read More.

Kentucky State University chair of social work, Dr. Mindy Brooks-Eaves, published an article in The New Social Worker: The Social Work Careers Magazine. The article, Self-Care A-Z: Self-Care as Sociopolitical Liberation for Black Women focused on the importance of self-care. Read More.

Central State University President Dr. Jack Thomas was featured in an article in the Education Magazine. The article profiled visionary education leaders of 2021. Read More.

Johnson C. Smith University partnered with the Lupus Foundation of North Carolina. The partnership was created to address disparities for people of color who have lupus. Read More.

North Carolina A&T State University professor of computer and electrical engineering, Dr. Numan Dogan was awarded a patent for his Differential Constructive-Wave Oscillator. His former student, Dr. Göker Ariyak, is named co-inventor. The patent brings together two technologies—constructive wave oscillators and rotary traveling-wave oscillators, to create a unique circuit. Tiny but powerful, the invention is poised to revolutionize communication devices. Read More.

Cheyney University alumnus Robert W. Bogle's nomination to the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors was confirmed by State Senate. Mr. Bogle is president of the Philadelphia Tribune. Founded in 1884, it is the nation's oldest newspaper serving the African-American community. He also serves in a number of leadership roles in the Philadelphia area. Read More.

Kentucky State University announced the release of a book honoring its history. Publication of The Pursuit of Excellence: Kentucky State University, 1886-2020, by Dr. John A. Hardin garnered favorable reviews as the university celebrated its 135th anniversary. Read More.

LeMoyne-Owen College President Bennett-Fairs hosted Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. Secretary Hargett, the president, and her cabinet discussed the college’s successes and challenges and toured the historic campus. Read More.

Allen University partnered with Academy Sports+Outdoors and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association to provide a $500 gift card to Adrean Sanders, a team mom who works with local youth. The gift will help her continue her work with the Columbia Knights Sports Organization. Read More.



Howard University and Delaware State University will house centers of excellence established by the US Department of Defense under its research and education program. The center at Howard University will focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning and the center at Delaware State will focus on quantum sensing. The centers are the latest to be established under the Department of Defense's HBCU Minority Serving Institution Program, bringing the total to nine. Read more.

Howard University and Amazon Web Services are collaborating to develop data science curriculum for programs including a master's degree in data science. The partnership will also seek to integrate cloud concepts into other areas of study. Read more.

Albany State University School of Education is participating in the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship program. The program sponsors graduate education, providing participants with funding in exchange for a commitment to teach in a high-need public school for a minimum of 4 years. Funding includes tuition, fees, room and board and a $50,000 salary supplement during the first four years of qualifying teaching service. Read more.

Battelle Program's HBCU Consortium began its first phase. Students from Bowie and Morgan State Universities began working with Battelle scientists and engineers and within the government programs that Battelle supports. Read more.

Tennessee State University's football program received a a donation of $300,000 from former Tennessee State University Trustee Bill Freeman. Mr. Freeman, chairman of Freeman Webb Company said he is excited about the university bringing former Tennessee Titan, Eddie George, on board to coach the football team. Read more.

Grambling State University has partnered with Northshore Technical Community College to facilitate attainment of baccalaureate degrees. The agreement establishes a Business Pathway for eligible students seeking degrees in accounting, computer information systems, management, and marketing. Read more.

Albany State University is collaborating with community organizations to find local employment and internship opportunities for students. The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau are working with the university to make the initiative a success. Read more.

Prairie View A&M University will launch the Broadening Global Learning Opportunities, Building Academic Leaders (B-GLOBAL) this fall. the B-GLOBAL initiative is a two-year learning community designed to enhance student ability to communicate and interact appropriately with people from different cultures. Read more.

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics released a report that examines the inequities that have plagued intercollegiate sports and makes several recommendations to address the problems. Read more.

Tennessee State University and the African Methodist Episcopal Church formed a partnership that provides students in West and South Africa with access to STEM courses. Under the agreement, eligible high school students will be able to earn credits that count both toward their high school diploma and their college degrees. Read more.

Talladega College Board of Trustees has approved President Dr. Billy C. Hawkin's plan to develop a stadium-sized, multipurpose facility on the campus The facility will be enclosed and suitable for use for band practice, sports events and other student activities. Earlier this month, Dr. Hawkins said the board will a conduct a study to determine the feasibility of re-establishing a football program after an 80 year hiatus. Read more.

Tennessee State University is conducting a study to examine the feasibility of establishing varsity men's and women's ice hockey teams. In addition to being the first such program in the state, it would be the first such program at an HBCU. The university's' relationships with the National Hockey League, the Nashville Predators, and College Hockey, Inc. could facilitate the process. Read more.

Event:African American Board Leadership Institute Board Talks

Date:On Demand

Event:National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable Summit
Date:June 3-5, 2021

Event:Workshop for Department and Division Chairs
Date:June 7-8, 2021
Location:Virtual Conference

Event:American Association of University Administrators Leadership Seminar
Date:June 7-10, 2021

Event:Higher Education Compliance Conference
Date:June 14-16, 2021
Location:Virtual Conference

Event:Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
Date:June 22-25, 2021
Location:Virtual Conference

Event:Institute on Open Educational Resources
Date:July 26-27, 2021
Location:Virtual Conference

Event:Leadership in Higher Education Conference
Date/Location:October 7-9, 2021 Baltimore, Maryland
Date/Location:October 11-December 31, 2021 Virtual

Event:The 2021 Federal Student Aid Training Conference
Date:November 30-December 3, 2021



We express gratitude and  admiration  for the HBCU administrators, trustees,  faculty, and staff who helped their students and communities  navigate the additional challenges posed by the pandemic. Together, with the Grace and Mercy, you made this year's graduation possible. Congratulations!
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