Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN: 2141-5161) Vol. 5(4), pp. 143-151, May 2014. DOI: http:/ Copyright © 2014 International Research Journals


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Financial aid in historically black Colleges and Universities: challenges and the way forward

1Brandon K. Dumas, 2Chanika Jones, 3Victior Mbarika and 4Geoffrey M. Kituyi

1Southern University

2Southern University

3Southern University

4Southern University

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities emerged after the Civil War and represented a unique chapter in the development of American higher education. These institutions were established to educate African American students who were prohibited from attending other institutions of higher learning. However, today these institutions are facing numerous challenges many of which are financial in nature and have been caused partly due to the prevailing leadership and decision-making approaches of their presidents. This study examines the decision-making styles of Historically Black Colleges and Universities presidents in the context of financial aid and general administration. A qualitative research design was used in the study in which 17 current and former presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States of America were interviewed. Although there are other challenges such as accreditation, ethics, the main challenges to Historically Black Colleges and Universities were identified as budgetary and financing constraints and leadership.  

Keywords: Financial Aid, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Challenges, College presidents

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