Last Monday, President Trump met with 64 representatives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and even though the Liberal media seemed more focused on how senior adviser Kellyanne Conway sat on the couch, this meeting in the Oval Office reflects President Trump’s desire to make those institutions a priority.
Vice President Mike Pence stated to the HBCU:
“You deserve far more credit than you get, and know that beginning today, this administration is committed to making sure that our historically black colleges and universities get the credit and the attention they deserve,”
President Trump’s executive orders will shift the handling of the federal program that helps HBCU to the White House. This will promote a direct partnership between the HBCU and government agencies which in turn will favor the creation of jobs.
Hopefully, this will help to strengthen the relationship between the HBCU and the White House which was weakened by the previous administration since it had a “low regard” for those institutions.
During the Obama’s presidency:
Total grants from the Department of Education dropped from more than $742 million in 2010 to $680 million in 2012.
Grants and research awards from federal agencies to HBCUs for S.T.E.M. development decreased from $661 million in 2010 to $573 million in 2011.
This decrease in federal grant funding and:
changes in the Parent PLUS Loan Program have cost black colleges more than $300 million in the last two years, one of the worst stretches in history for public HBCU support.
It is shameful most people only know that at this meeting Kellyanne Conway was kneeling on the couch, instead of the positive outcomes from the meeting and the benefits to HBCU’s.
Many people criticize the Trump Administration for not supporting minorities, but it is finally answering the requests made to the Obama Administration in 2013 by Earl S. Richardson, President Emeritus of Morgan State University, and other black college experts:
“…For the White House Initiative on HBCUs to have a direct report to the president, either by the director of the occupying a deputy secretary position or by requiring federal agencies to report on their engagement and grant awarding to black colleges to that position…”