Global Advanced Research Journal of Educational Research and Reviews (GARJERR) ISSN: 2315-5132

June 2014, 3(3): pp. 065-071

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Accreditation Challenges of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States of America

1Brandon K. Dumas, 2Chanika Jones, 3Victior Mbarika, 4Jarrett Landor and 4Geoffrey M. Kituyi

1Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

2International Center for Information Technology and Development, College of Business, P.O. Box 9723, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

3International Center for Information Technology and Development, College of Business, P.O. Box 9723, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

4International Center for Information Technology and Development, College of Business, P.O. Box 9723, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

Corresponding author Email: kimayoka@gmail.com

Accepted 29 May, 2014

Abstract

Accreditation has long been a difficult process for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Membership in accreditation associations initially excluded most Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  It was only after 1954 and the passage of laws dealing with desegregation in higher education that many of the HBCUs were allowed to be considered as promoters of scholarly academics by the larger community of postsecondary scholars. However, to-date, Historically Black Colleges and Universities still find problems obtaining accreditation. This study sought to examine the challenges Historically Black Colleges and Universities face in trying to secure accreditation; those affixed to leadership styles of college presidents other factors. A qualitative research design was adopted, whereby data were collected through interviews and analyzed using qualitative methods. Findings show there was consensus among interviewees regarding the factors affecting accreditation. Student challenges include lack of academic preparedness, unfamiliarity with the financial aid application process, and a lack of other resources to sustain themselves during their course of study, while university challenges included limited infrastructure, professional ethics and inadequate funding among others.

Keywords: Accreditation, Challenges, College presidents, Leadership styles, Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

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