HBCU Money™ Presents: The George W. Carver 2015’s Top 20 HBCU Research Institutions


HBCUs continue to go backwards in the research field according to the latest National Science Foundation data. In 2014, research expenditures for the top 20 HBCUs combined for $445.4 million, while 2015 combines for $425.7 million. This represents a 4.4 percent drop year over year and 5.5 percent drop from two years ago.

  • The top ranked HBCU is Howard University at 197 and the twentieth ranked Xavier University of Louisiana is listed at 326 in America’s college research landscape.
  • MEAC maintains the way with eight schools versus the SWAC dropping to three after Alcorn State University gave way to XUL.
  • Division II/III schools also comprise four schools on the list, an increase from two in 2014.
  • 1890 HBCUs, land-grant universities, make up for seven of the twenty top HBCU research universities.

Rank. HBCU. Previous Year In Parentheses.

  1. Howard University – $47.3 million ($40.7M)
  2. Florida A&M University – $46.5 million ($46.4M)
  3. North Carolina A&T State Univ. – $35.2 million ($35.0M)
  4. Morehouse School of Medicine – $33.4 million ($41.9M)
  5. Alabama A&M University – $29.2 million ($29.5M)
  6. Tuskegee University – $25.7 million ($24.9M)
  7. Jackson State University – $23.9 million ($26.6M)
  8. University of the Virgin Islands – $20.6 million ($20.4M)
  9. Tennessee State University – $20.0 million ($20.1M)
  10. Delaware State University – $16.0 million ($17.7M)
  11. Hampton University – $14.9 million ($11.2M)
  12. Charles Drew University of Medicine – $14.1 million ($20.7M)
  13. Meharry Medical College – $14.0 million ($19.0M)
  14. Fayetteville State University – $13.7 million ($14.7M)
  15. Morgan State University – $13.6 million ($15.7M)
  16. Prairie View A&M University – $13.1 million ($12.3M)
  17. South Carolina State University – $12.6 million ($12.7M)
  18. North Carolina Central University – $12.4 million ($11.5M)
  19. Clark Atlanta University – $9.9 million ($9.2M)
  20. Xavier University of LA. – $9.6 million ($9.3M)

TOP 20 COMBINED TOTAL: $425.7 million ($445.4 million)

Additional Notes

The HWCU-HBCU gap for research among top 20 research institutions is 50:1

Top 20 HWCUs Combined: $21.1 billion ($23.2 billion)

Top 20 Average HWCU – $1.1 billion vs. Top 20 Average HBCU – $21.3 million

Top 20 Median HWCUs – $990 million vs. Top 20 Median HBCU – $15.5 million

Source: National Science Foundation

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HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind


Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people:

Imaginative Play * Passion * Daydreaming * Solitude * Intuition * Openness to Experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently

With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives.

The Finance & Tech Week In Review – 8/12/17


Every Saturday the HBCU Money staff picks ten articles they were intrigued by and think you will enjoy for some weekend reading impacting finance and tech.

Iran has opened possibly the world’s biggest bookstore / WEF wef.ch/2vfXAUU

Stocks dominated by short-run fluctuations in volume have returns abnormally higher vs. similar stocks / NBER bit.ly/2vKAuGI

How to Help Colleges Teach Financial Literacy / WSJ ow.ly/JJG230emoTX

Welcome to China’s urban forest / WEF wef.ch/2ulBHVv

This is when a robot is going to take your job, according to Oxford University / WEF wef.ch/2wqaiPi

Not just a headache: How migraine changes your brain / New Scientist bit.ly/2uwYbik

A look at the infrastructure needs of the nation’s treasured sites / Pew Trusts ow.ly/BDUW30emoBt

Are German Automakers Facing Their iPhone Moment With Tesla? / Clean Technica ow.ly/agpA30emoz7

How the Infamous Kunlun Fishing Ship Met Its Demise / Pew Trust ow.ly/LhEF30emovI

A look at Rwanda’s genocide helps explain why ordinary people kill their neighbors / Science News ow.ly/gx6D30emotv

2016’s Million Dollar Donations Come Roaring Back For PWIs, But For HBCUs Not So Much


After a timid 2015 where colleges and universities only saw 482 donations and pledges over $1 million, this was the first time since 2012 that less than 500 such donations had been made, donors came roaring back in 2016 with the largest amount of $1 million or more donations ever with 567 such donations and pledges according to The Center of Philanthropy. However, a rising tide does not always lift all boats as HBCUs witnessed. After a banner year in 2014 of nine gifts of $1 million or more that totaled $20.5 million, HBCUs only saw four in 2015 for a total of $7 million. The 2016 numbers are a bit better than the prior year, but not by much.

HBCUs in 2016 received five donations of $1 million or more for a total of $10.5 million. The leading donation comes from Calvin and Tina Tyler (pictured above with Morgan president David Wilson), who gave $5 million to Morgan State University to endow a scholarship for incoming freshmen from the Baltimore area. A gift that should help increase Morgan State’s ability to compete and keep the talent in their backyard at home.

The arms race that is fundraising continues to be an uphill battle for HBCUs who are dealing with a significantly smaller alumni base due to desegregation’s impact a generation ago. African America’s abandonment of most of their own institutional ownership has seen a starvation of institutions that were built to serve African America’s interest almost to the point of extinction. Whether or not a new awakening is on the horizon is more hopeful than optimistic.

To note, Morgan State University becomes the first HBCU since we began tracking in 2013 to appear more than once.

1. Calvin & Tina Tyler – $5 Million
Recipient: Morgan State University
Source of Wealth: UPS

2. James & Marilyn Simons – $2.5 Million*
Recipient: Morehouse College
Source of Wealth: Finance

3. Leonard & Louise Riggio – $1 Million                                                        Recipient: Spelman College
Source of Wealth: Retail

4. Sean Combs – $1 Million*                                                                                    Recipient: Howard University
Source of Wealth: Entertainment

5. Joe Jr. & Kathy Sanderson – $1 Million
Recipient: Alcorn State University
Source of Wealth: Food & Beverage

*Pledge

Source: The Center for Philanthropy

 

Unemployment Rate By HBCU State – June 2017


STATES WITH RISING UNEMPLOYMENT: 7

STATES WITH DECLINING UNEMPLOYMENT: 12

STATES WITH UNCHANGED UNEMPLOYMENT: 5

LOWEST: ARKANSAS – 3.4%

HIGHEST: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – 6.2%

STATE – UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (PREVIOUS)*

ALABAMA –  4.6% (4.9%)

ARKANSAS – 3.4% (3.4%)

CALIFORNIA – 4.7% (4.7%)

DELAWARE – 4.7% (4.7%)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – 6.2% (6.0%)

FLORIDA – 4.1% (4.3%)

GEORGIA – 4.8% (4.9%)

ILLINOIS – 4.7% (4.6%)

KENTUCKY – 5.1% (5.0%)

LOUISIANA – 5.5% (5.7%)

MARYLAND – 4.1% (4.2%)

MASSACHUSETTS – 4.3% (4.2%)

MICHIGAN – 3.8% (4.2%)

MISSISSIPPI – 5.0% (4.9%)

MISSOURI –  3.8% (3.9%)

NEW YORK – 4.5% (4.4%)

NORTH CAROLINA – 4.2% (4.5%)

OHIO – 5.0% (4.9%)

OKLAHOMA – 4.3% (4.3%)

PENNSYLVANIA – 5.0% (5.0%)

SOUTH CAROLINA – 4.0% (4.1%)

TENNESSEE – 3.6% (4.0%)

TEXAS – 4.6% (4.8%)

VIRGINIA – 3.7% (3.8%)

*Previous month in parentheses.