WPG HBCU News

June 2021
  

A Note to Presidents

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Many colleges and universities provide a residence for their presidents. When the residence is provided under proper circumstances, its value can be excluded from the president’s gross income.

 

The tax law specifically excludes from gross income the value of housing furnished to a president if the following requirements are satisfied:
(a)the housing is furnished for the convenience of the college or university;
(b)the president is required to accept such housing as a condition of his or her employment; and
(c)the housing is located on the business premises of the college or university. Failure to meet any one of these conditions will render this exclusion inapplicable, thereby causing the value of the housing to be included in the president’s income.

 

See page 8 of the 2020 IRS Publication 525.

 

Presidents are invited to call (404) 874-0555 to schedule a consultation on personal tax filing and planning.


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Pandemic Updates

  • The Department of Education released Volume 3 of its ED COVID-19 Handbook: Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff.
  • The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) updated its FAQ to reflect a change in policy. Adverse reactions to the vaccine no longer have to be recorded.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its guidance to address employer required vaccinations. When crafting their policies employers are urged to consider instituting procedures for maintaining confidentiality, compliance with state, local, tribal, and federal laws (the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act), and mitigating the possibility of legal challenges.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Published the following updates:
  • Institutions may need to set policies for foreign students who received vaccines sanctioned in their home countries but not approved by the World Health Organization.
  • The federal government launched the COVID-19 College Challenge. Participating institutions commit to providing vaccine access and information.
  • Manufacturers of two of the COVID vaccines applied for full FDA approval. The approval process usually takes months and may not end before the start of the fall semester. This could impact institutions whose vaccination policies are contingent upon full FDA approval.
  • Industry experts advise institutions to verify their vaccine exemption policies comply with current regulations governing privacy, data collection and retention, and federal and state statutes.


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In Other News

 

Federal Policy Rescinded
Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray released a memo revoking a Trump administration policy criticized for impeding state oversight of student loan servicers. Read more.

 

Funding for Campus Facilities
The Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus introduced a bill to fund renovation, repair, preservation, and construction on HBCU campuses. The bill, “Institutional Grants for New Infrastructure, Technology, and Education (IGNITE) for HBCU Excellence Act,” would also allocate funding for equipment and technology to support research and instruction Read more.

 

Return to Negotiated Rulemaking
The Department of Education began the negotiated rulemaking process to reconsider changes made under the Trump administration to Title IX, gainful-employment, borrower defense, loan cancellation programs, and other higher education regulations. The American Council on Education submitted comments regarding Title IX concerns on behalf of several higher education groups. Individuals who want to observe or participate in the public hearings on the rulemaking agenda can register online. The meetings will be held virtually. Read more.

 

Senate Passes Innovation and Competition Act  
The bill, formerly introduced as the Endless Frontiers Act, includes allocations to the National Science Foundation to:
Establish university technology centers
Provide scholarships, fellowships, and grants at institutions of higher education
Facilitate technology transfer and commercialization at universities
This version of the bill, which was well received by higher education stakeholders, does not include clauses criticized for creating privacy and administrative challenges. A proposal to make shorter training programs Pell-Grant eligible was also removed. Read more.

 

Surcharge for the Unvaccinated
Rhodes College is strongly advising students, faculty, and staff to get the vaccine. Pending full FDA approval, after which vaccination will be required, the college has added a $1500 health and safety fee for non-vaccinated students. Read more.

 

Faculty Attempt to Block Transfer of Assets
A group of Wesley College faculty members have sued the college in an attempt to halt the completion of its acquisition by Delaware State University. The transfer of assets will occur on July 1, 2021. The law suit alleges the college breached its contracts by not providing tenured faculty advance notice that their positions would be eliminated. Approximately 83% of Wesley College employees who were offered positions at Delaware State University accepted them. Read more.

 

Institutions Resume Benefit Programs
Many institutions have resumed retirement benefit contributions that they trimmed or cut during the COVID emergency Read more.

 

Final Report on Transfer Declines for Spring
Data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that enrollment declines continued during the spring semester. Of all institutional types, community colleges were hit hardest, with the steepest declines seen in the reverse and lateral transfer categories. There was a slight increase in enrollment in upward transfers between two-year and four-year institutions. Read more.

 

Older Adult Enrollment Drops
A survey of adults who had been enrolled in higher education programs prior to the pandemic shows that many of them have shelved their plans and a significant percentage does not plan to resume their studies. Data indicates that older adults and white Americans are least likely to return this fall. 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.

 

Venture Capital Firm Woos HBCUs
Investment firm, Base10 Partners, is offering HBCUs the opportunity to participate in lucrative startup investments. The firm specifically targets HBCUs. Its mission is to create scholarships and boost endowment funds. It facilitates participation by waiving fees and allowing the institutions to invest smaller amounts than is customary. In addition to their own share of the profits, the HBCUs would receive a portion of Base 10's share as well. Read more.

 

White House Finalizes Budget
President Biden released his detailed budget proposal for 2022. It includes additional funding for HBCUs and other Minority-Serving institutions and increases support for the National Endowment for the Humanities, an agency former President Trump proposed to eliminate. Read more.

 

State Funding Up
Information released by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association indicates that despite a year over year increase, education appropriations per full-time equivalent student were lower during 2020 than most years prior to the Great Recession. Federal stimulus funds helped states maintain funding levels. Read more.

 



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Deadlines and Information

COMPLIANCE

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Effective Date Drawing Close for New Regulations
The final rule changes the Clock-to-Credit Hour Conversion method and impacts Satisfactory Academic Progress, Return to Title IV Funds, Distance Education, Institutional Eligibility, and Subscription-Based Programs. The Department of Education published a compliance guide that summarizes the rule which goes into effect July 1, 2021. Read more.

 

IRS FAQ Update
The IRS updated questions regarding reporting obligations (Form 1099-MISC and Form 1098-T) related to HEERF grants. Read more.

 

401(k) Contributions Reminder
Contributions must be recurring and substantial. When an employer fails to make contributions in three of the past five consecutive years, the plan incurs a complete discontinuance of contributions and may be treated as terminated. 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.

 

Expansion of Collections Pause to Include Defaulted FFEL Program Loans
The Department of Education has announced an expansion of the pause on federal student loan interest and collections to include defaulted loans in the FFEL program managed by guaranty agencies. The pause is effective through September 30, 2021. 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.



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DEADLINES

 

Campus-Based Programs Update
The Department of Education released the Fiscal Operations Report for award year July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, and Application to Participate for award year July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. (FISAP), instructions for filling out the form and a desk reference. The report and application form must be mailed or hand delivered by October 1, 2021, deadline. The Department of Education will make the FISAP available online on the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) website by Aug. 1, 2021. First time participants should follow the procedure outlined in the instruction booklet. Read more.

 

Award Year Deadline Dates
A reminder that a chart listing the 2021-2022 award year deadlines for the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs was published in the federal register. Read more.

 

Spending Deadline Extended
Institutions have one year from the date that their most recent grant was processed to spend all (I, II, and III) of their HEERF funds (See Section E Question 39.) Read more.

 

HEERF II Reporting Deadline
The deadline for submitting retroactive reports for HEERF II for the first quarter of 2021 to the end of the second calendar quarter has been extended to July 10, 2021. (See Section E Question 38.) Read more.

 

HEERF III Quarterly Reporting Deadline
The next deadline for posting the required quarterly reports for both institutional share and the student share of HEERF III is July 10, 2021. The reports must be prominently posted on the institution's main website. Note that the information required for the student share of HEERF was published in the federal register (See Items 1-7.) 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.



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GENERAL

 

Phased Implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act
Federal Student Aid updates planned for the 2021-2022 award year include repeal of the Subsidized Usage Limit Applies (SULA) requirements, elimination of drug conviction consequences, and removal of the Selective Service registration requirement for male students. Federal Student Aid will update its systems, web and software products, technical documents, training materials, and publications to reflect these updates. Institutions are strongly encouraged to disburse new Direct Subsidized Loans on or after July 1, 2021, to ensure borrowers receive the maximum benefit of the regulatory changes. Institutions should update the materials they produce including letters, entrance and exit counseling materials, websites, and internal procedure checklists. Although the Selective Service and drug conviction questions are still on the current FAFSA, institutions must ignore the Comment Codes and the resolution-required messages. Instead, they should proceed to award and disburse aid to students, provided they are otherwise eligible. Read more

 

Expected Family Contributions
Federal Student Aid published explanations and formulae for calculating Expected Family Contributions for 2021-2022. Note that the EFC will not be replaced by the Student Aid Index (SAI) this year. Read more.

 

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. See the FAQ

 

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 the quarter ending June 30, 2021, were posted on the Department of Education website. View Chart.

 

FFEL Program Interest Rates
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate federal student loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, were posted in the federal register. 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

 

COD System Update
June 26-27, 2021 the COD system will be down for maintenance. All actual disbursements with a disbursement date from June 26–27, 2021 must be received, and subsequently accepted, by the COD System no later than 9 a.m. ET on Friday, June 25, 2021, in order to generate the appropriate funding level increase prior to the outage. Read more.

 

Federal Student Aid Training for New Staff
The Department of Education is hosting an online training course on the administration of federal student aid programs. Read more.

 

Distance Education and Innovation Regulatory Webinars
The Department of Education's webinars related to the Distance Education and Innovation regulations are available online. Read more.

 

Warning
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.



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Flexibilities

 

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 latest Heightened Cash Monitoring list is the one posted in March. However, the FSA website should be updated with the June 1, 2021, list soon. 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

 

 

 

HEERF 

 

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

 

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

 

HEERF III Spending Requirement
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 requires all HEERF recipients that have not spent all of the institutional share to provide emergency financial grants to students, to spend a portion (See Section D Question 33) to implement evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress the coronavirus (See Section D Question 28) and to provide direct outreach to financial aid applicants regarding eligibility to receive a financial aid adjustment due to changes in their family's financial situation (See Section D Question 30 in FAQ updated May 24, 2021.) Read more.

 

HEERF III Eligibility Expansion
The Department of Education clarified that all students enrolled in an institution of higher education during the COVID-19 national emergency are eligible for HEERF. This includes students who have or have not completed a FAFSA, those who are eligible or ineligible for Title IV, citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented students, international students, students studying abroad, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients. The guidance also stipulates that institutions must prioritize students who have exceptional need, domestic students, and undergraduates. (See Section B Question 7 in FAQ updated May 24, 2021.) Read more .

 

HEERF Lost Revenue Reminder
The Department of Education clarified that the institutional share of HEERF can NOT be used to reimburse the institution for revenue lost or reduced during the COVID-19 national emergency from the following sources: capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics (including fees assessed for capital athletic facility construction), acquisition of real property (including bond revenue), contributions or donations to the institution, marketing or recruitment activities, revenue related to sectarian instruction or religious worship, alcohol sales, and investment income (including endowment and quasi-endowment revenue). Read more.

 

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



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PPP Forgiveness Application REMINDER

 

Note: 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.



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Grants, Awards, Gifts

 

Grambling State University announced Diageo North America has added two endowed professorships to its previously announced $250,000 commitment. The addition will provide two $60,000 endowed STEM professorships. Read more

 

Morris Brown College announced Chick-fil-A pledged $500,000 to support its leadership development program. The two-year program will prepare participants for careers in hospitality and organizational leadership. Read more.

 

Livingstone College announced it received a $200,000 donation from broadcast legend William "Bill" Reid Rollins to support the establishment of a communications program. Read more.

 

Bowie State University announced it will use support from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund to establish an endowed chair in cybersecurity. Read more.

 

Steve and Renee Bisciotti, owners of the Baltimore Ravensestablished the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program scholarship to encourage Baltimore high school students to attend Maryland's HBCUs.  Read more.

 

North Carolina A&T State University announced the National Science Foundation awarded a $1,740,000 grant to Dr. Elimelda Moige Ongeri to study diabetic kidney disease. Read more.

 

Jackson State University announced the National Science Foundation awarded $150,000 to Dr. Jian-Ge Zhou to develop methods for using bioluminescence and artificial intelligence in cancer therapy. Read more.

 

Southern University College of Business announced it received a $1,000,000 gift to establish an endowed scholarship from alumni Mark and Dawn Malveaux. The Master of Business program will be named in their honor. Read more.

 

Delaware State University announced it received a three-year $1,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund doctoral research fellowships and establish an interdisciplinary research program to investigate bio-imaging and bio-photonics. Read more.

 

Alabama State University announced the it received a $300,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to support cybersecurity research and training for Reserve Officer Training Corps students. 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.

 

Cisco announced it will provide $100,000,000 in hardware, software, and services upgrade IT infrastructure and compliance protocols at HBCUs. The company said it will also contribute $50,000,000 to Student Freedom Initiative's Access to Education endowment. The endowment will be available to students at Claflin, Clark Atlanta, Florida A&M, Hampton, Prairie View, Tuskegee, and Xavier Universities and Morehouse and Tougaloo Colleges. Read more.

 

Jarvis Christian College received the PricewaterhouseCoopers 2021 Digital Enablement Award. The award will be used to establish a Microsoft Office training and certification center. Read more.

 

South Carolina State University received $1,200,000 from the estate of retired Chief Warrant Officer Lamar W. Powell. The gift will be used to support student success and retention. Read more.

 

Moorehouse College received $1,000,000 from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to support students pursuing studies in journalism and sports-related fields. Read more.

 

Grambling State University announced it will participate in the Rockefeller Foundation’s pandemic prevention institute. The institute will establish a regional surveillance hub for sharing SARSCoV-2 genomic data. Read more.

 

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff was awarded a $308,052.00 grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to support internships in investing, philanthropy, and information technology. Read more.



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Appointments
Leadership



Appointments and Changes



Talladega College announced that President Dr. Billy C.Hawkins will retire at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. Dr. Hawkins has led the institution since 2008. He renewed interest in the Talladega College's Amistad Murals and is credited with stabilizing finances and increasing enrollment. Read more

Harris-Stowe State University has named Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith interim president. Dr. Smith, who was serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs, has over 20 years leadership experience. She takes the reins from Dr. Corey Bradford who has resigned. The University also announced Jeffery L. Shaw has been appointed vice president of institutional advancement. Read more

Savannah State University Board of Regents named Kimberly Ballard-Washington, J.D., president of Savannah State University. She served on an interim basis during the presidential search. The former president, Dr. Cheryl Dozier, retired in 2019. Read more

Texas Southern University Board of Regents selected Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young as the sole finalist in its presidential search. Dr. Crumpton-Young is currently Morgan State University's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer. She will take the reins from Dr. Huewitt, who has served as interim president since April 2020. Read more

Delaware State University named Yconda “EC” Hill head coach for woman's basketball and Stan Waterman as head coach for men's basketball. Hill, currently the assistant women’s basketball coach at Towson University, is a former award-winning WNBA and US Women's National Basketball Team player. Waterman, currently assistant athletic director, dean of students, and head basketball coach, holds several state records. Read more

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff announced that Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander has been selected as a member of the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum. Dr. Alexander is the vice chair of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Council of Presidents and Chancellors.  Read more

Jackson State University Division of Institutional Advancement and the Jackson State University National Alumni Association have appointed Mr. David Christopher Howard director of alumni and constituency relations. He had been serving in that capacity on an interim basis since January. Read more

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff announced Chris Robinson will serve as director athletics. Robinson served as interim director during the executive search process. He is an alumnus, former member of the football team, and a former coach. Read more

Johnny C. Taylor, J.D., has resigned his position as chair of the White House Presidential Advisory Board on HBCUs. Dr. Taylor led the Thurgood Marshall College Fund from 2010 through 2017 and is currently CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management. Read more.

The Wesley Peachtree Group joins Saint Augustine's University in mourning the passing of the legendary Lawrence 'Peaches" Coleman. A Saint Augustine's alumnus, Coleman helped the university capture several golfing championships and a White House invitation during his 37 year career. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, his alma mater, and the entire HBCU community. Read more.

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Kudos
Kudos


Honors and Acknowledgements


Several HBCUs announced debt forgiveness initiatives during graduation ceremonies including Wilberforce, Shaw, Delaware State, and Hampton Universities, and Philander Smith College. Institutions used HEERF funds, alumni donations, grants, and gifts to pay off student balances and other debts. Read More.

North Carolina A&T State University Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics MBA program is a top performing program. About 90% of graduates of the program find employment within three months of graduation—better than both Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Read More.

Jackson State University alumnus and Development Foundation board member, Howard Catchings, will host the grand opening of his youth golf range during Jackson State University's Juneteenth celebration. Read More.

Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs designated twenty HBCUs as Fulbright Institutional Leaders. Read More.

South Carolina State University's Industrial Engineering program awarded its first bachelor degrees. The program was established to address a shortage of industrial and manufacturing engineers. Read More.

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics published Achieving Racial Equity In College Sports. Read More.

Last spring, Paul Quinn College published Poisoned By Zip Code, a look at the disproportionate amount of air polluting actives permitted near communities of color. Through its Urban Research Initiative, the college continues to fight environmental racism in Dallas, Texas. Read More.

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Programs
Programs

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.

Rust College announced a partnership with the University of Mississippi to provide a dual-degree STEM program. Eligible students will study mathematics for three years at Rust College and then spend study engineering for two years at the University of Mississippi. Successful students will graduate with two degrees. 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 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. Hawkins' plan to develop a stadium-sized, multipurpose facility on the campus. The institution is also examining 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. It would be the such program in the state and the first 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.

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Events


Event:African American Board Leadership Institute Board Talks

Date:On Demand
Location:Virtual
Information:Details


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


Event:New Presidents Academy
Date:July 12, 2021-October 18, 2021
Location:Hybrid Virtual and In Person
Information:Details


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


Event:African American Board Leadership Institute
Date:August 5-12, 2021span>
Location:Virtual
Information:Details


Event:Navigating Your Career Growth: A Bootcamp for Advanced Women Leaders in Higher Ed
Date:August 2-September 3, 2021
Location:Virtual
Information:Details


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


Event:The 2021 Federal Student Aid Training Conference
Date:November 30-December 3, 2021
Location:Virtual
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WPG HBCU News is a monthly email published by the Wesley Peachtree Group, CPAs (WPG) as a service to the sector. It provides short summaries of news articles, government regulations, and announcements found online.

WPG HBCU News is available at no cost to HBCU administrators, trustees, and senior stakeholders. It is not intended as legal or financial advice. WPG's staff, writers, editors,  publishers, web hosts, e-mail distributors, and others involved with the production and presentation of this newsletter are not liable for errors, omissions, losses, injuries, or damages arising directly or indirectly from use of this newsletter or any information presented therein.

WPG is a full-service accounting firm with clients in the private business, education, government, faith-based, and not-for-profit sectors. We specialize in higher-education with a particular emphasis on minority-serving institutions. Our support for HBCUs includes the WPG HBCU News (this publication) and the Annual WPG HBCU Forum. We welcome your feedback.
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