In an ode to the greatest HBCU scientist, we have now named our top HBCU research institution list for George Washington Carver.
HBCUs appear to have taken another step back in the research field according to the latest National Science Foundation data. In 2013, research expenditures for the top 20 HBCUs combined for $451.4 million, while 2014 combines for $445.4 million. This represents a 1.34 percent drop year over year and 2.13 percent drop from two years ago.
- The top ranked HBCU is Florida A&M University at 199 and the twentieth ranked Alcorn State University is listed at 314 in America’s college research landscape.
- MEAC leads the way with eight schools versus the SWAC with four.
- Division II/III schools also comprise two schools on the list.
- Overall, the 1890 HBCUs are fifty percent of the list highlighting agriculture’s importance role in HBCU research.
- Florida A&M University – $41.37 million
- Morehouse School of Medicine – $41.86 million
- Howard University – $40.77 million
- North Carolina A&T State University – $35.05 million
- Alabama A&M University – $32.91 million
- Jackson State University – $$26.61 million
- Tuskegee University – $24.95 million
- Charles Drew University of Medicine – $20.69 million
- University of Virgin Islands – $20.37 million
- Tennessee State University – $20.07 million
- Meharry Medical College – $19.00 million
- Delaware State University – $17.68 million
- Morgan State University – $15.72 million
- Fayetteville State University – $14.73 million
- South Carolina State University – $13.15 million
- Prairie View A&M University – $12.29 million
- North Carolina Central University – $11.54 million
- Hampton University – $11.17 million
- Southern University and A&M College – $10.42 million
- Alcorn State University – $10.06 million
TOP 20 COMBINED TOTAL: $445.4 million ($451.4 million)
The HWCU-HBCU gap for research among top 20 research institutions is 52:1, an increase from 2013’s 50:1.
Top 20 HWCUs Combined: $23.2 billion ($22.5 billion)
Top 20 Average HWCU – $1.1 billion vs. Top 20 Average HBCU – $22.3 million
Top 20 Median HWCUs – $948 million vs. Top 20 Median HBCU – $19.5 million
Source: National Science Foundation
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School Name: North Carolina Central University
Median Cost of Attendance: $23 495
Undergraduate Population: 6 416
Endowment Needed: $3 014 865 600
Analysis: North Carolina Central University needs an endowment of approximately $3 billion for all of its undergraduates to attend debt free. Its current endowment is estimated to be 0.7 percent of the needed amount. Located in Durham, NC which is steeped in rich African American economic history the university is one of the bigger undergraduate populations amongst HBCUs. It also boast being one of only four HBCUs to have a law school. A law school which carries much prestige in the state of North Carolina often pulling in law students from the two prestigious HWCUs located nearby. Inexplicably, it finds itself the only one of the four HBCUs with a law school not located in the top ten HBCU endowments. The school should be commended for digging deeper into its endowment coffers a few years ago to help a number of cash-strapped students. This will turn out to be either a great long-term move assuming one (preferably many) go on to become high quality donors back to the university. Otherwise, it will set the endowment back almost $500 000 over the next decade and $1.4 million over the next 20 years in potential added principal. North Carolina Central University is taking a risk that not many colleges or universities – HBCU or not – seem to be willing to take and that is do whatever it takes to reduce its students debt load and increase its alumni population. A contrarian approach that could shape the university in the coming generation. It ultimately still must fix the issue of producing so many law graduates and the breakdown in its lack of high quality donors from the group. An HBCU endowment with an enormous amount of potential that has only scratched the surface.
As always it should be noted that endowments provide a myriad of subsidies to the university for everything from scholarship, faculty & administration salaries, research, and much more.