Imagining the Future

Historically Black Colleges and Universities - A Matter of Survival

Edited by:
Gary B. Crosby, Saint Elizabeth University
Khalid A. White, San Jose City College
Marcus A. Chanay, B1 Ventures and Holdings, Inc.
Adriel A. Hilton, Southern University at New Orleans

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement. Editor(s): Chance W. Lewis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Published 2022

The Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are more culturally revered today than ever. As public health and socioeconomic inequity gaps continue to widen between the African American community and other racial groups, the HBCUs embody a shared support system. Since the 1800s, this body of prestigious higher education institutions have represented trusted pathways for the advancement of our community.

With these historical accomplishments in mind, it is crucial for HBCUs and their leadership to create a vision for generations to come. Visionary leadership is a must for our storied institutions to advance beyond just surviving into fully thriving. As such, our book project, Imagining the Future: Historically Black Colleges and Universities - A Matter of Survival, offers cutting edge ideas, suggestions and advice from HBCU alumni, proponents, faculty leaders, and researchers for HBCU leadership to cultivate success today and into the foreseeable future.

Imagining the Future: Historically Black Colleges and Universities - A Matter of Survival promises timely, relevant and emergent scholarship as well as perspectives for HBCU leadership, HBCU scholars and HBCU supporters.

Embracing the Online Model: A Model for Continued HBCU Success, Carlos J. Minor, Jr. Fueling and Tracking Student Success: Changing the Approach to Student Success for the Future of HBCU Funding, Kayla C. Elliott, DeShawn Preston, Tiffany Jones, and Lawrence Haynes. HBCU By the Numbers: Defining Value-Added Evidence Through Student Retention and Completion in the Era of Accountability, Karen Bussey. A Competitive Edge: Leveraging Research-Practice Partnerships for Impact and Scale, Latara O. Lampkin, Chris Gilmer, Donzell Lee, Ivan Banks, and Tamara Bertrand Jones. The FUTURE Act: How HBCU Leaders Can Engage Federal Policymakers to Ensure Their Success, Larry J. Walker. Organization-Environment Relations and Adaptation: The Future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Eugene T. Parker, III. Transformative Leadership: A Strategic Plan for Student Success, Lenetta R. Lee. Financial Issues for HBCUs in 2020 and Beyond, R. Wayne Woodson. HBCUs and Policy Implications: Moving to Anti-Deficit Policy Frameworks, Elizabeth Gilliam and Cameron C. Beatty. Innovation in the 21st Century: Developing an HBCU Strategy for Survival! Edward Summers. Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Original Social Justice Movement, Santarvis Brown. The HBCUs Are Wakanda, Khalid A. White. Biographies.

"In summary, Imagining the Future is an exceptional work of literature that offers a comprehensive and engaging presentation of a course and community of learners. It is a thoughtful and informative piece that explains the importance of HBCUs. It has the power to captivate and guide its readers in a new direction, keeping their focus engaged throughout. The book’s authors have highlighted the significant role of HBCUs in supporting Black students and provided examples of how HBCUs can improve funding and strategic planning. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of HBCUs." Diane Courington and James G. Archibald in Teachers College Record (Read full review)