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HBCU's at the Crossroads: Issues, Concerns, and Recommendations

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Marybeth Gasman is a Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gasman's areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, African American leadership, and fundraising and philanthropy. For information on the institute and its work, visit her website.

Dr. Brian Bridges is the Executive Director of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI).  FDPRI is dedicated to conducting and disseminating research that informs policymakers, educators, philanthropists and the general public on how to best improve educational opportunities and outcomes for African Americans and other underrepresented minorities from preschool to and through college.  For information on the institute and its work, visit UNCF.org/fdpri.


Al-Tony Gilmore is Historian and Archivist Emeritus of the National Education Association. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs throughout the nation. Gilmore wrote the introductory essay to the forthcoming book, The African American in Sports, and makes regular appearances on Sirius radio's The Maggie Linton Show.

Walter C. Farrell Jr. is currently Professor of Community Management & Policy Practice in the School of Social Work and a Fellow in the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also serves as a Fellow in the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado at Bolder.