Texas' Inequitable Investment in Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities
As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s important to focus on inequities in state support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
For more Texans to become skilled members of the workforce and sustainable earners for their families, students of all backgrounds need equitable access to an affordable education after high school. State lawmakers should prioritize higher education and ensure college affordability.
Ashley Williams CPPP Policy Analyst
While there has been insufficient state investment in higher education generally, there are significant disparities in state investment in certain types of public institutions. The disparities are especially stark when comparing state funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCUs) to that of flagship state universities.
Why do public HBCUs – which educate more underrepresented and lower-income students – receive significantly less state funding than the big flagship universities?
Texas lawmakers should show their dedication to equity in higher education by increasing their funding to public HBCUs to a level that matches or exceeds their investments in public flagships, given the important and growing populations served at HBCUs.
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