Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically black colleges and universities have recently started to expand their distance education programs and courses (Photo courtesy of HBCUUncensored on flickr).

Historically black colleges and universities have recently started to expand their distance education programs and courses (Photo courtesy of HBCUUncensored on flickr).

As the demand from students for online classes and access to learning when it is convenient for them increases, historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are looking to tap into the distance education boom. Currently, there are 105 public and private HBCUs in the United States. That being said, the following list of four growing and flourishing HBCUs with distance education courses and programs has been compiled in recognition of Black History Month.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Tallahassee, Florida

Founded: 1887

Type: Public

Accreditation: SACS (regional)

Current enrollment: 13,000+ (the largest HBCU in the United States by enrollment)

Online Programs:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Tuition: $650-$792 per credit hour (depending on program of study)

Course platform: Blackboard 9.1

Fun Fact: In August of 1992, Sports Illustrated declared FAMU’s band, The Marching 100, the “Best Marching Band in the Nation.” Five months later, by invitation of Bill Clinton, The Marching 100 performed in the 42nd Presidential Inauguration Parade.

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

Founded: 1912

Type: Public

Accreditation: SACS (regional)

Current enrollment: 10,000+

Online Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with concentration in Health Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with concentration in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with concentration in International Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with concentration in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies
  • Master of Science in Holistic Nursing
  • Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Science
  • Master of Education – Advanced Studies in Teaching & Learning
  • Master of Professional Studies with concentration in Strategic Leadership
  • Master of Professional Studies with concentration in Human Resource Leadership
  • Master of Professional Studies with concentration in Training & Development
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Tuition: $115-$185 per credit hour (depending on program, if approved for eRate)

Course platform: eLearn@Tnstate

Fun Fact: As of 2009, roughly 100 football players from Tennessee State University were drafted by the National Football League.

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana

Founded: 1901

Type: Public

Accreditation:

Current enrollment: 5,000+

Online Programs:

  • Grambling State University does not currently offer complete degree programs via distance education. Individual undergraduate and graduate courses, however, are available each semester.

Tuition: $846.25-$1,008.26 per credit hour (depending on degree level and residency)

Course platform: Moodle

Fun Fact: GSU’s Tiger Marching Band has performed at 3 of the last 4 Presidential Inauguration Parades (2001, 2009, and 2013).

Morris Brown College

Atlanta, Georgia

Founded: 1881

Type: Private

Accreditation: Currently in “Self Study” status and seeking accreditation with Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (National Faith-related)

Current enrollment: unknown

Online Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership

Tuition: $2220 per term (8 weeks) which includes the cost of books

Course platform: unknown

Fun Fact: According to Wikipedia, “The 2002 film Drumline and the 2007 film Stomp the Yard were partly filmed on the campus of Morris Brown. In 2006 Warner Brothers filmed We Are Marshall in the football stadium.”

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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