Historically black colleges succeed because they don’t let in ‘racist’ people, president says

Nov 1, 2019 by

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Dr.Walter Kimbrough

HBCUs praised for strong core curriculum, but Walter Kimbrough thinks campus climate is more important.

‘At an HBCU students can just be students’

Historically black colleges and universities perform better on core curriculum requirements than other institutions of higher education, according to a survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

But the president of one HBCU told The College Fix he thinks another factor is more important in student success at HBCUs: They don’t enroll “racist” students.

Dillard University’s Walter Kimbrough emphasized the campus climate over the curriculum in an interview, saying that his students don’t have to deal with the same issues as black students at non-HBCU institutions.

“I think now many black high school students are experiencing more overt racism, so they are looking for places where race is not a day to day issue to be navigated,” he wrote in an email. “At an HBCU students can just be students and not worry about the politics of race.”

When asked what other schools could do to emulate the curricular success of HBCUs, Kimbrough suggested they need to be more selective.

Source: Historically black colleges succeed because they don’t let in ‘racist’ people, president says | The College Fix

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