In 2017, the General Assembly approved Public Chapter 464 to focus on Tennessee’s seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), both public and private.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission works with state departments, agencies, offices, the private sector, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide the highest quality education to a greater number of students, and to take advanced of these institutions’ capabilities in serving the state’s needs through five core tasks:
- Strengthening the capacity of HBCUs to participate in state programs;
- Fostering enduring private-sector initiatives and public-private partnerships while promoting specific areas and centers of academic research and programmatic excellence throughout all HBCUs;
- Improving the availability, dissemination, and quality of information concerning HBCUs to inform public policy and practice;
- Sharing administrative and programmatic practices within the consortium for the benefit of all; and
- Exploring new ways of improving the relationship between the state and HBCUs.
For more information on Tennessee’s HBCUs, please contact the Director of HBCU Success, Brittany Mosby at Brittany.Mosby@tn.gov or 615-253-8874.