An article in the February/March issue of Forbes Magazine states that NC A&T State University tops the list of Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) when it comes to being underfunded by state governments.
According to the magazine’s calculations, which compare the funding of HBCU’s with funding for predominately white land-grant schools in the same state since 1987, NC A&T has been underfunded by a whopping $2.8 billion over that 35-year period.
That means that, by Forbes’ calculations, A&T beats out every other HBCU in the nation in the category of a lack of relative funds received from state governments when compared to predominately white colleges and universities in that state.
The $2.8 billion is far and away the largest underfunded amount the magazine found.
Other schools in the top five underfunded were Florida A&M University ($1.9 billion), Tennessee State University ($1.9 billion), Southern University in Louisiana ($1.3 billion) and Prairie View A&M University in Texas ($1.1 billion.).
There were only a couple of HBCU’s – Delaware State University and Central State University in Ohio – that were found to have been equitably funded over the years according to the metrics used.
In order to arrive at the number of how much Black land-grant institutions have been underfunded by state governments since 1987, the magazine compared the per-pupil state funding of predominantly white land-grant schools with per-pupil funding of their historically black counterparts. The $2.8 billion in underfunding from the state of North Carolina to NC A&T represents the total amount of money NC A&T would have received over the years had the university gotten funding on an equitable level.
According to the Forbes article, titled How America Cheated Its Black Colleges,” the single worst instance of annual underfunding for any school was in 2020 when the North Carolina legislature appropriated NC A&T $95 million – which was $8,200 less per student than the $16,400 per student the legislature gave to NC State University that year.
In the article, Joyce Payne, the founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund that gives grants to students at HBCU’s, called the habitual underfunding of HBCU’s “the highest level of sanctioned discrimination.”
It’s so past time to get past this CRAP. No one makes anyone go to school there. GET over IT.
Go ahead and put your head in the sand then…A&T is a great school with an amazing Alumni so they will survive just fine but they deserve fair and equal funding just the same. Why does that upset you? Tired of hearing about racial bias impacting the black community? Then do something to put an end to the bias and racism.
Waa waa waa cry me a river you could give them a million a student each year. They’ will still complain. No matter what it’s never going to be enough. It’s the same as blacks complaining about the lack of black NFL coaches tell the black millionaires to buy teams and hire who they want to. It will never happen and I’ll let you figure out why.
How do you breath with that much sand up your nose? Why is it wrong for a school to complain they receive less than other schools?
I have been on campus at A&T several times, the last being a wedding.
The hostility is palpable, thanks to people like Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson.
I have never understood this anyway. It would make more sense if all state-supported universities including A&T got an equal amount per student.
NC A & T has continued to excel. Sounds like NC A & T is continued to fight for equality. For non biased funding…and for putting our students of all kinds who excel. This is not what the founders in the annex of Shaw University , for the institution called, Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race envisioned in the year 2022. HBCU’s are still putting our scholarly alumnus whilst, their state schools are receiving crumbs.
Finally in 2021, the UNCF elected an African American CEO, someone who represents the students needing the money. Sad Sad world. Fraud all around.
It’s amazing to continue to watch these so called Christians not be for equality and helping less than.
But I thought everyone was made in God’s image. Guess not