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Value Colleges Releases Top 50 Best Value Historically Black Colleges and Universities for 2018

 Value Colleges (, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education, is pleased to share their Top 50 Best Value Historically Black Colleges and Universities for 2018.

Historically black colleges and universities are institutions like no other. They are living memorials to America's troubled past, and inspiring visions of America's diverse future. Though HBCUs began in reaction to the exclusion of African-Americans from higher education, they remain as testaments to black excellence and opportunity. Today's HBCUs are redefining their relevance with outreach to minority students from a variety of backgrounds, from first-generation and non-traditional students, to refugees and Dreamers. Renewed dedication to professional education and STEM has helped HBCUs increase the number of minorities in areas like medicine and business. Value Colleges' ranking of the 50 Best Value HBCUs focuses on the qualities that make HBCUs a smart investment for a diverse population of students: academic excellence, student job market success, and return on investment (ROI).

Value Colleges uses four data points to determine ranking:

  • Reputation (U.S. News ranking)
  • Cost (IPEDS public data)
  • ROI (College Scorecard salary potential)
  • Graduation Rate (Department of Education data)

Without further ado, the top three Best Value HBCUs for 2017 are: 1) Florida A&M University inTallahassee, Florida; 2) Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas; and 3) Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. Value Colleges congratulates the top three, as well as all the top fifty in this ranking.

The full list, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Alabama A&M University - Normal, AL

Alabama State University - Montgomery, AL

Albany State University - Albany, GA

Alcorn State University - Lorman, MS

Bennett College - Greensboro, NC

Bethune-Cookman University - Daytona Beach, FL

Bluefield State College - Bluefield, WV

Bowie State University - Bowie, MD

Central State University - Wilberforce, OH

Claflin University - Orangeburg, SC

Clark Atlanta University - Atlanta, GA

Coppin State University - Baltimore, MD

Delaware State University - Dover, DE

Dillard University - New Orleans, LA

Elizabeth City State University - Elizabeth City, NC

Fayetteville State University - Fayetteville, NC

Fisk University - Nashville, TN

Florida A&M University - Tallahassee, FL

Florida Memorial University - Miami, FL

Grambling State University - Grambling, LA

Hampton University - Hampton, VA

Howard University - Washington, DC

Jackson State University - Jackson, MS

Johnson C. Smith University - Charlotte, NC

Lincoln University - Jefferson City, MO

Lincoln University - Lincoln University, PA

Mississippi Valley State University - Itta Bena, MS

Morehouse College - Atlanta, GA

Morgan State University - Baltimore, MD

Norfolk State University - Norfolk, VA

North Carolina A&T State University - Greensboro, NC

North Carolina Central University - Durham, NC

Oakwood University - Huntsville, AL

Philander Smith College - Little Rock, AR

Prairie View A&M University - Prairie View, TX

Savannah State University - Savannah, GA

Southern University and A&M College - Baton Rouge, LA

Spelman College - Atlanta, GA

Tennessee State University - Nashville, TN

Tougaloo College - Tougaloo, MS

Tuskegee University - Tuskegee, AL

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - Pine Bluff, AR

University of Maryland Eastern Shore - Princess Anne, MD

University of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

Virginia State University - Petersburg, VA

Virginia Union University - Richmond, VA

West Virginia State University - Institute, WV

Wilberforce University - Wilberforce, OH

Winston-Salem State University - Winston-Salem, NC

Xavier University of Louisiana - New Orleans, LA

Carrie Sealey-Morris
Lead Editor, Value Colleges 

SOURCE Value Colleges
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -

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Without disrespecting the history of HBCUs in providing job training to Blacks, We should not overlook the fact that their birth was due to racism.  That same racism permeates the fabric of american society to this day and HBCUs could be a sanctuary and ammunition in our weapon of mass construction.

To be that, HBCUs MUST open their hearts and resources to the New Afrikan Communities and their door to New Afrikan Thinkers.  Traditionally, HBCUs have resisted the racism resistance movement.  Too many of them have opted to protect the status-quo as opposed to offer their students Higher Learning.

It appears that NOW IS THE TIME for all New Afrikans and "Black" institutes to #stand-upagainstracism, even when it is in a positions of power (the white house and/or the "anglo-american sheriff's department).  According to Dr. M. L. King, Jr. - "It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in
society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become
more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.
Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and
to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by
legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not
education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not
think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in
many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of
propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one
to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the
facts from the fiction.
The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most
dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals." 

We need HBCUs to caught-up.  We need HBCUs to create critical thinkers.  We need HBCUs to be Black.

Just my opinion.


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