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In an article titled, "The Case for Consolidation of HBCUs" by Charles J. Evans at BlackCommentator.com, he offers the following observation:
"I am suggesting that some HBCUs consolidate under their own volition. Schools that realize they are having problems recruiting students, making payments on critical bills, developing multiple majors under disciplines etc. may consider consolidation as a way to keep both schools active and ultimately, help the mission of HBCUs to continue. This may also be a way to combine endowments and offer more aid to attending students."

I agree with the recommendation of the author. However, I would recommend that the underlying premise should be to "strengthen the surviving institution." That is what happens in the business world when mergers and acquistions are considered. When cultures are blended, naturally, there will be a dominant set of values that prevail. However, troubled businesses look for merger or acquistion partners that will help ensure survival.

What comes to my mind is that Morris Brown College should be "looking for a more stable suitor to which it can "add value." It is clear that this institution does not have a long term future. Their ongoing struggles will only prolong the inevitable, and do a disservice to its students primarily in the process.

This is an idea whose time has come. Read the article and let me know what you think.

Roger Madison
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Posted By: Roger E Madison Jr
Friday, November 20th 2009 at 12:48AM
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Friday, November 20th 2009 at 6:48AM
The problem will be alumni. The schools that consolidate will have to have one name; the ones to be absorbed will henceforth be known by the name of the school that absorbed them. In some respects the absorbed school; its history and culture “ends” on the date of absorption. Few alumni would be willing to go along with that.

I would suggest one way to do this would be to keep the schools intact, name and all, but consolidate at the operating level. Various schools could create a holding company or some other operating entity – HBCUs Inc – under which the budgets of the consolidating schools could be combined. In the case of three consolidating schools, instead of having three engineering departments, have one, at one school. Combine the budgets of the three departments into one, and students seeking engineering degrees are directed to that school. Others who may be seeking business degrees would attend which ever combined school has that department.

This way, each school can maintain their original name and campus; alumni will still have that historical/legacy component intact. The difference being course offerings might be consolidated across schools.


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