Bill Helping Black Colleges Signed Into Law

Bill Helping Black Colleges Signed Into Law

August 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


EDICAL RECORDS. THOSE DOCUMENTS WERE FOUND ON A ROADSIDE IN DEKALB COUNTY. A NEW LAW AIMED AT HELPING HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES THRIVE. JONQUIL NEWLAND IS AT LEGISLATIVE PLAZA. IT WAS A PRETTY BIG DAY FOR OFFICIALS.>>INDEED IT WAS. THIS BILL WAS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE HAROLD LOVE JR. THIS IS THE FIRST BILL OF IT’S KIND IN TENNESSEE AS WELL AS ACROSS THE NATION.>>TENNESSEE TOOK A BIG STEP FORWARD TODAY REGARDING HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE STATE.>>IT SHOWS THE PROGRESSIVE NATURE OF TENNESSEE AND GOVERNOR HASLAM.>>THE BILL WILL ASSIGN PERSONNEL FROM THE TENNESSEE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION TO ASSIST HBCUs WITH SEVERAL ISSUES MANY HAVE FACED OVER THE YEARS.>>THEY HAVE SUFFERED FROM LOW ENDOWMENT NUMBERS BECAUSE OF DOLLARS. THEY HAVE SUFFERED FROM LOW LEVELS OF PERSONNEL BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF INSTITUTIONS, WHEN YOU HAVE THAT GOING ON, IT IS HARD TO SEE, PARTICULARLY A CLIMATE WHERE STUDENTS NOW HAVE THE OPTIONS TO GO TO OTHERS. IT AIMS TO HELP WITH STUDENT RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES AND INCREASE ENROLLMENT.>>HERE IN NASHVILLE. SOME OF THE BIGGEST HBCUs INCLUDE FISK UNIVERSITY. TSU AND MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE. THERE ARE SEVEN ACROSS THE STATE, SIX OF WHICH ARE PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS. WITH THIS BILL, THEY WILL NOW RECEIVE THE FUNDING THEY NEED.>>INITIATIVES TO EXPAND OUR VARIOUS ACADEMIC EFFORTS, THAT’S MY DEPARTMENT. SO I’M VERY INTERESTED IN ALL OF THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP US TO SUPPORT AND TO EXPAND OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS.>>NOW, SCHOOL OFFICIALS ALSO BELIEVE THROUGH THIS BILL, HBCUs WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO GOVERNOR HASLAM’S DRIVE TO 55