#HBCUs: Pres #Obama Gives Much Needed Help to Norfolk State

#HBCUs: Pres #Obama Gives Much Needed Help to Norfolk State


Virginia’s Norfolk State University has been reeling.  On december 10, the college was placed on placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. That followed the departure of the school’s President the year before.  The school is one sanction away from losing its accreditation.  

University officials had hoped the warning would be removed. Instead, NSU was handed a more severe sanction. The only thing worse than probation is withdrawal of the school’s accreditation, which would cause Norfolk State to lose its state funding.  

But last Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden came to town bearing gifts for NSU.   

He announced a five-year, $25 million cyber security grant for 13 HBCUs.  A few critics say that $25 million is a small amount when divided by 13 and they have a point. But andy assistance for Norfolk State is welcomed as the University faces big challenges in leadership and enrollment.  

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