Thursday, April 25, 2013

American Baptist College = HBCU 106

This morning's (4/25/13) online edition of Diverse Issues carries an article by Ronald Roach, one of the most reliable reporter/editors covering issues related to HBCUs, that asserted that the U.S. Department of Education designated American Baptist College (ABC) in Nashville, TN, as HBCU number 106 last month (March 20, 2013). When I read the first few paragraphs, I was skeptical.

Nevertheless, I immediately searched the U.S. Department of Ed Website for an official announcement using its own internal search engine and via Google's external search engine. Both searches returned no references to any announcement confirming Mr. Roach's assertion. Nor did I find any announcement on the official Website of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. But I trust Ron Roach because I have never known him to get a story wrong. Here's the link to his article:

http://diverseeducation.com/article/52890/#

So I am puzzled ... and teetering on the edge of feeling highly offended. Why didn't the U.S. Department of Education issue a formal announcement, a press release, that officially welcomed American Baptist College into the community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)??? This is a BIG STORY about a major policy decision. Why is it being announced in just one publication, more than a month after the decision was made?