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The Challenges Facing Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically black colleges and universities — or HBCUs — have fallen on some hard times lately: financial problems, low graduation rates — some have been denied accreditation. These and other challenges recently led Dr. John Rudley, the former president of Texas Southern University, to call being an HBCU President “one of the most stressful jobs […]

Texas Southern University Sign - MHagertyHistorically black colleges and universities — or HBCUs — have fallen on some hard times lately: financial problems, low graduation rates — some have been denied accreditation.

These and other challenges recently led Dr. John Rudley, the former president of Texas Southern University, to call being an HBCU President "one of the most stressful jobs in America." He also recently lashed out on Twitter, singling out no fewer than a dozen key problems he faced while serving as the school's leader.

As part of our DiverseCity initiative, we hear some of his concerns in a conversation with News 88.7's Eddie Robinson.

EXTENDED CONVERSATION WITH JOHN RUDLEY:

MORE: Ex-TSU President Lashes Out On Twitter About the Future of HBCUs (News 88.7, Oct. 24, 2016)

(Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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