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Posts Tagged ‘united states’

Why Historically Black Colleges Are in Serious Trouble

Posted by Levine Communications Office on June 8, 2013

By: Suzi Parker

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Historically black colleges and universities are about to have a mess on their hands. Because of a sharp change to a student loan policy, enrollment has dramatically dropped. This is not good for the schools—or hopeful high school graduates.

Founded primarily after the Civil War, these higher institutions served the black community when white colleges didn’t allow them to attend.

Currently, there are 105 historically black colleges and universities in the United States, and these include public and private, two-year and four-year institutions, medical schools and community colleges. They educate about 374,000 students, including white students.

The enrollment is declining at these schools because in 2011, the PLUS loans disqualified borrowers with unpaid debts that had been referred to collection agencies over the past five years.

PLUS loans have long been popular because, unlike many student loans, they have no limit and can cover an array of needs, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Parents apply for the loans, some upwards of $50,000, to cover the amount of money needed to bridge financial gaps for their children’s education.

“Historically, loans, fellowships, and scholarships have been critical for students at these colleges,” said Rolonda Watts, a radio personality and alumna of Spelman University in Atlanta. “I got through there [college] with work studies, scholarships and loans.”

Watts’ great, great grandfather was a founder of Bennett College in North Carolina.

Nathan Ober, a student at Villanova University, has done extensive research on the student debt crisis and notes that black students “are the most likely among all racial or ethnic groups to graduate with high debt.”

According to the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, an umbrella organization for black colleges known as NAFEO, 15,000 parents were denied loans in the fall of 2011. Many students were not aware of the denials until they reached campus. Parents can appeal, and many are.

Still, that doesn’t solve the alarming crisis.

A group led by William R. Harvey, president of Hampton University and chairman of the president’s Board of Advisors on HBCU, sent a letter last fall to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The group wrote:

This is having a devastating impact on enrollment at our institutions and our institutions’ ability to serve their students. It is having an even more devastating impact on the students who have worked hard to get to college and have had to cut short their college careers, as well as on their families who have dreamed of and sacrificed for their sons and daughters going to college. And, it is in direct opposition to President Obama’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

Fewer students mean higher tuition costs as HBCUs try to make up the financial disparities that, in turn, make it harder for poorer students to attend.

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Iconic KISS frontman, Paul Stanley paints the pages of Star

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 9, 2012

Starchild Paul Stanley is featured in the March 19 edition of Star Magazine on newstands now. Star’s Senior Editor Liz Crokin paid a visit to Stanley’s Los Angeles art studio recently and was wowed by the legendary rocker’s artistic prowess. In addition to eagerly awaiting the next Paul Stanley-produced KISS album, a worldwide legion of fans are equally awaiting Stanley’s next artistic endeavor.

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Glo Magazine’s Latest Obession, Neil Strauss’ Who’s Got Game?

Posted by Levine Communications Office on March 1, 2012

Neil Strauss' Who's Got Game?

We were naturally suspicious of anything based on the pickup artist bible The Game, but Who’s Got Game? won us over. The just-released game for grown-ups is part seduction tutorial, part charades and part truth-or-dare. After all, there’s nothing like “dirty” thumb wrestling to get everyone in the mood to party.

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Allstar Interns Cecilia Martin & Shavonna White

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 10, 2012

Allstar Interns Cecilia Martin & Shavonna White

For more information about LCO’s Internship program please contact us at mlasst@LCOonline.com

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Why LBN?

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 15, 2011

Why LBN?

The LBN Elert has a vital tool for dealing with the “data smog” in our own time.

Consider that some facts of life are just plain counterintuitive. It can be too cold to snow. Heavy things float. Martinis have calories.

Heres another one with significantly greater import: Electronic information is tangible. The apps we use, the games on our phones, the messages we incessantly tap – all of it may seem to fly through the air and live in some cloud, but in truth, most of it lands with a thump in the earthly domain.

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