African American Veterans at Historically Black Colleges
Track: Higher Education Track (Sponsored by The College Board)
The presentation will explore the challenges and triumphs of African American veterans in higher education. When historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were the primary option for African American veterans, enrollment was not the problem that it is today on some campuses. Broader access at traditional colleges and the proliferation of for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) have led to a decline in the number of veterans enrolling at HBCUs. This presentation will answer the following questions: What are the social, political and economic factors that have impacted the college enrollment of African American military veterans at HBCUs? What support systems facilitate the success of student veterans at HBCUs? The study took place at an HBCU located in the Southeast region of the United States.