Liberal or professional education? the missions of public black colleges and universities and their impact on the future of African Americans

Marybeth Gasman, Tryan L. McMickens

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Abstract

The following article considers the missions of public Black colleges and universities, asking whether or not these missions are focused on liberal arts or professional education, or perhaps a hybrid of these foci. More importantly, we will explore the long term impact of these institutional missions on African Americans. Our discussion and examination will be contextualized using historic arguments put forth by African American leaders Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois. These arguments, although often simplified, are highly complex and can offer insight into the purpose of education at public Black colleges and universities in the current day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-305
Number of pages20
JournalSouls
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • African American
  • Black colleges
  • HBCUs
  • Mission
  • Public higher education

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