2o18 marked the year that 14 Alabama HBCU Presidents and their assigns came together at Miles College in Birmingham , Alabama to discuss the forming of a consortium to strengthen our collective efforts to plan for a brighter future.
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.
MISSION STATEMENT: The overall purpose of The Alabama HBCU Consortium is to finally create THE ALABAMA/HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES MULTI-YEAR MASTER PLAN INITIATIVE (aka THE AL/HBCU Multi-Year Master Plan Initiative. Most specifically we will comprehensively assess the past, present and future economic, academic, physical, technological and workforce development needs of 14 HBCUs, as profoundly unique, historic and educational resources throughout the State of Alabama and beyond.
INDEED: After this half day retreat, It was agreed that:
1. HBCUs have never been properly funded to satisfy realistic budgets, finance. infrastructure or academic needs;
2. Of the many promises made to HBCUs by federal and state funding promises made, not all were kept;
3. Thus, Alabama HBCUs must now organize, strategize and collaborate to identity, secure and appropriate needed funds to preserve, maintain and propel these legacy institutions to train and influence, vision and the prosperity of the next generation.