SHORT ANSWER: Howard University has no money because we (Black people) have no money.
LONGER ANSWER: Howard University has no money because we have no money, and it spends all of its money to attempt to provide for its students in a way that only really Ivy League schools and highly-selective PWIs do.
MEANING: Through scholarships, grants, or other financial aid (Not including loans) Howard is FULLY financing the education of nearly half of its student body.
They could take away the awarding of automatic scholarships, and make that a separate application. It would save millions of dollars a year, but it would also drive away some of the best and brightest students to highly selective PWIs.
And that’s not the goal.
The goal is to educate the smartest black minds into the smartest Black Leaders.
So why is Administration in a continual state of disrepair? Because this school laid off about a third of its staff over the summer to be able to hire new teachers to instruct one of the largest classes in school history
Why have the scholarship requirements been raised? Because this incoming class is so brilliant that had the requirements not been increased, nearly every freshman would have some type of scholarship, something we DEFINITELY can’t afford.
Why have so many scholarship appeals been denied? Because Howard plainly does not have the money to sustain a growing pool of scholars for 4 years. Fucking tragic, but blame the Republicans in Congress who love cutting Howard’s funding, not the university itself.
Why is financial aid closed/dysfunctional? Why does the Wifi/cable not work? Why are the buildings crumbling? Because in spite of all the cutbacks, there still isn’t enough money to go around. There are staff out here essentially being asked to volunteer their time in order to provide the infrastructure for us to get an education, and still we can’t keep everything operational. This University has decided to prioritize putting an instructor at the front of every classroom over a television at the foot of every bed precisely because it wants to minimize the impact these budget cuts have on a driven student’s ability to get an education.
Why are all the freshman intake orgs banned? OPINION: Lol with the possible exception of FLA (because it provides the opportunity for students to travel abroad that many would never otherwise get) and a couple of others that I won’t name, I honestly couldn’t give a damn. Too many promising freshmen are getting pledged out of college for me to be that bothered by the moratorium. And if GPAs are higher after this year, maybe ya’ll won’t miss them either.
No doubt. There is laziness, and a shitload of mismanagement, and incompetence THROUGHOUT HU. But beneath that scummy exterior is the fundamental drive to provide every student with the OPPORTUNITY to become a Black Leader. Not an ASSURANCE, not a GUARANTEE, but the opportunity to succeed, with the expectation that once they have succeeded, they’ll lift a few people up behind them.