Tennessee Historically Black Colleges and Universities Success
About HBCU Success in Tennessee
In 2018, Tennessee became the first state to have a full-time, statewide higher education professional focused on strengthening the capacity of its historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), both public and private. HBCU is a federal designation for accredited postsecondary institutions that were founded before 1964 with the primary mission of educating black Americans. Today, there are 99 federally-designated HBCUs nationwide, and six in Tennessee: American Baptist College, Fisk University, Lane College, LeMoyne Owen College, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University. Tennessee’s seventh HBCU, Knoxville College, lost its SACSCOC accreditation in 1997 but was re-authorized in May 2018 by the Division of Postsecondary School Authorization to operate as a higher education institution and is seeking re-accreditation by a federally recognized agency.
The HBCU legislation directs the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to work with state departments and agencies, businesses, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to accomplish five statutory goals:
- Strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to participate in state programs;
- Foster enduring private-sector initiatives and public-private partnerships while promoting specific areas and centers of academic research and programmatic excellence throughout all HBCUs;
- Improve the availability, dissemination, and quality of information concerning HBCUs to inform public policy and practice;
- Share administrative and programmatic practices within the consortium for the benefit of all; and
- Explore new ways of improving the relationship between the state and HBCUs.
Tennessee’s HBCUs are active and essential parts of the higher education sector, locally and nationally. Whether providing health and wellness programs to the community, developing partnerships to advance diversity in the workforce, or contributing to civic discourse, Tennessee HBCU students, faculty, and staff make the community richer and stronger.
Remembering Our Heroes
Responding to COVID-19
The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected all aspects of society. Tennessee HBCUs have been leading the way in proactive response to support those most at-risk and in-need.
Tennessee’s HBCUs have a long tradition of active engagement in the overall welfare and justice for their communities. This year has been no exception, with remarkable participation from HBCU leaders.
New Academic Programs
As the state continues its strategic push for 55 percent of Tennesseans to have a postsecondary credential by the year 2025, Tennessee’s HBCUs are working to fill the gap by offering cutting-edge and relevant academic programs to students.
Tennessee's Historically Black Colleges and Universities
|Institution||Location||General Information||News and Social Media|
|American Baptist College||Nashville, TN||615-256-1463||@_ABCedu @_ABCedu|
|Fisk University||Nashville, TN||615-329-8500||@FISK1866 @FISK1866|
|Knoxville College||Knoxville, TN||865-521-8068 (fax)||Knoxville College|
|Lane College||Jackson, TN||731-426-7500||@theLaneCollege @theLaneCollege|
|LeMoyne Owen College||Memphis, TN||901-435-1000||@LOC_Magicians @LOC_Magicians|
|Meharry Medical College||Nashville, TN||615-327-6000||@MeharryMedical @MeharryMedicalCollege|
|Tennessee State University||Nashville, TN||615-963-5000||@TSUedu @TennStateU|