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What are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)?
HBCUs are institutions founded primarily for the education of African-Americans, although their charters were not exclusionary. Most HBCUs are 50 to 100 years old; the oldest HBCU dates back to 1837. Of the 105 HBCUs, 17 HBCUs have land-grant status. About 214,000 or 16 percent of all African-American higher education students in the nation are enrolled at HBCUs, which comprise 3 percent of all colleges and universities nation-wide. The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) is a professional association that represents the nation's HBCUs.
The mission of The White House Initiative Office on Historically Black Colleges and Universities , located at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE , is to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide excellence in education.
Related Web Sites
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation's oldest and most successful African American higher education assistance organization.
Publications that Serve the HBCU Community
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between DOI and NAFEO
On May 18, 1999, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop DOI programs and coordinate Bureau/Office involvement and activities to increase employment, educational, and contracting opportunities in DOI for students and faculty of NAFEO member institutions, and to target DOI resources for strengthening NAFEO and its member institutions. The MOU guides the parties in pursuit of the objectives below:
DOI/NAFEO Leadership Group
The MOU established a DOI/NAFEO Leadership Group to serve as a
governing body for all MOU initiatives. The Leadership Group will implement
this MOU by providing guidance, direction, and coordination to ensure that
mutual benefits and interests are served. The Leadership Group consists of
four NAFEO member institution Presidents and four senior DOI officials.