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Investing in HBCU Leadership

Southern Education Foundation

  • Program Exploratory and Special Projects
  • Program Area Historically and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities
  • Grant Amount $1,200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–June 30, 2007
  • Location Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

About this grant

During the past 18 months, the Southern Education Foundation completed the planning phase of a project that included surveying the range of unmet professional development needs of the presidents and other executives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), reviewing appropriate literature, commissioning research, convening HBCU financial officers and women presidents, and mining the experiences and perspectives of an expert advisory committee.Multiyear funding will support the next phase of the project by providing technical assistance to HBCUs affected by the new Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Activities will include organizing virtual and in-person meetings of accreditation liaisons, financial officers and other HBCU executives to exchange information, ideas and best practices; providing technical assistance to schools in special need; disseminating information and literature via the Web and print publications; enabling HBCUs to participate in accreditation activities on campus; and assisting HBCU representatives to attend annual meetings of SACS and other professional development events. In addition, accreditation-related research will be conducted in four areas.