President Obama is calling on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to do less talk and more action.
Over the weekend White House executives met with six HBCU presidents to discuss the president’s initiative to obtain around eight million more graduates with around two million of them being African-American and about 200,000 coming from HBCUs.
“That is a big challenge,” John S. Wilson, Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities told the presidents at the recent Southern Education Fund conference. “That means we have to go from around 36,000 a year of graduates from HBCUs to somewhere north of 50,000 a year by 2020.”
The president’s goal is an effort to regain a global leadership position in higher education in the United States. Wilson says that HBCUs will need to play a “major role” in helping to accomplish this mission.