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Tennessee Historically Black Colleges and Universities Success

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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:

  1. Strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to participate in state programs;
  2. Foster enduring private-sector initiatives and public-private partnerships while promoting specific areas and centers of academic research and programmatic excellence throughout all HBCUs;
  3. Improve the availability, dissemination, and quality of information concerning HBCUs to inform public policy and practice;
  4. Share administrative and programmatic practices within the consortium for the benefit of all; and
  5. Explore new ways of improving the relationship between the state and HBCUs.

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

Click the links below for additional information related to TN HBCU Success and HBCU institutions across the state.