Frank Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Black Issues in Higher Education, is a bit more direct in his advice to African-American parents and their children.
There's no substitute for doing your homework about the campuses you're seriously considering, says Matthews
, warning that parents and students can get caught up in the nostalgia of HBCUs
"Know the reputation of those campuses in the community, among employers, and the general population," he
urges applicants to do the basic research about graduation, retention, and placement rates.
"Every student wrestles with this issue-some more than others," comments Frank Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Black Issues in Higher Education.
daughter was deciding among institutions "everyone had opinions," he
says, noting that the quandary she
faced was a positive dilemma.
"Any time you have options and choices, that's good," he
Others see it as an opportunity to be challenged and faced with some real things," counsels Matthews
At majority institutions, black students often don't mix with white students very much anyway, points out Matthews
According to him, the fact that there really isn't a substantive cross-cultural environment on many TWI campuses is something administrators haven't come to grips with.
"African-American students at majority institutions often segregate themselves to find a safe harbor," he
, who was one of the first black students to attend Clemson University
in South Carolina, says that African Americans in the 1960s and 1970s were acutely aware that they were walking into a hostile environment on majority campuses.
contends that many of today's high school students have been, for the most part, protected from racism and don't realize what they might encounter.
Concludes Frank Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Black Issues in Higher Education, "HBCUs must continue to be a viable option for us.