Washington, DC – As part of its ongoing effort to promote access, student success and degree completion, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) hosted and convened the 2016 HBCU Summit in Atlanta, Georgia on June 15 – 17. The theme for this year’s meeting was I3 Matters: (De) coding Student Success using Non-cognitive Factors in Institutional, Inter-relational, and Individual Affairs. APLU’s Office for Access & Success and the APLU Council of 1890 Universities led the planning of the meeting.
“Student success and degree completion efforts at HBCUs require informative, innovative, and inspirational approaches,” said RoSusan D. Bartee, APLU Interim Vice President for Access and Success. “We must ask ourselves, ‘what approaches remain untapped or unimaginable beyond test scores and GPAs?’ The more we know and come to understand different, yet relevant, ways to address student success and degree completion the more we expand our toolkit to address these complex issues.”
The 2016 HBCU Summit showcased conversations with current and former HBCU presidents, plenary discussions with education scholars and vested stakeholders, and individual concurrent session presentations that provided summit attendees with insight into degree completion efforts at HBCUs.
Featured keynote speakers for the 2016 Summit included Nick Nelson (Liquid Soul), Terrell Strayhorn (The Ohio State University), Charlie Nelms (former president of North Carolina Central University), Dorothy Cowser Yancy (former president of Shaw University, and Johnson C. Smith University), Ross Markle (Educational Testing Service) , Tania Davis (NASA), Frederick S. Humphries (former president of Tennessee State University and president emeritus of Florida A&M University), Glenda Baskin Glover (president of Tennessee State University), and Brian L. Johnson (president of Tuskegee University).
Highlights sessions from the 2016 HBCU Summit includes:
“We were pleased to have the plenary and concurrent sessions at the 2016 HBCU Summit to engage in dialogue about strengthening our concerted and individual capacities,” said Juliette B. Bell, president of University of Maryland Eastern Shore and chair of the Council of 1890 Universities. “With increased knowledge and understanding, we will continue to forge ahead in our efforts to enhance student recruitment, retention, graduation, and post-graduation success.”
Two professional development activities preceded the Summit and a first receipt of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to support an APLU-OAS initiative.
The HBCU Summer Engineering Faculty and Student Seminar also targeted undergraduate engineering majors, specifically rising juniors with a 3.0 or above GPA who were interested in pursuing academic careers in engineering. Student attendees engaged in dialogue sessions and participated in interactive activities designed to have students graduate school ready.
The 2016 HBCU Summit was generously supported by 11 organizations. The platinum-level sponsors are: the Educational Testing Service (ETS); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and USA Funds. The gold-level sponsors are: EAB Royall & Company; IBM; and the Lumina Foundation. At the silver level, intellADAPT concludes the list of 2016 sponsors.
Companies and organizations were also invited to showcase their work as exhibitors. The exhibitors were: AmeriCorps; College Board; National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); and Peace Corps. The partners for this year’s summit included the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Southern Education Foundation.
Interim Vice President RoSusan D. Bartee with HBCU engineering faculty during The HBCU Summer Engineering Faculty and Student Seminar. Tenured HBCU associate professors were provided with professional development experiences needed to progress toward the rank of professor during the one day seminar.