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March 28, 2015

HBCU’s Must Be Revolutionary to Survive with Technology

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HBCU’s Must Be Revolutionary to Survive with Technology
by William Jackson
Graduate of SCSU ’85

Applying technology in higher education is the act of acquiring
knowledge of technology platforms, integrating technology
to create a paradigm of change in the instruction and application
of learning. It is a holistic approach to create a person that is
prepared with the skills needed to be an affective Human Capital
agent with diverse global skills.

In the 21st century HBCU’s are increasingly in danger of being
shutdown, articles like “11 HBCU’s That Have Closed”
are showing a hostile climate of competitiveness, innovation,
research and development and financial management events
that are forcing HBCU’s to be revolutionary. On the instructional
side the application of technology platforms, development of
Apps, and creating an innovative foundation to build from
benefits HBCU students.

The most valuable asset of HBCU’s is intellect and strengthening
academic instructions with tools that support multi-disciplinary
applications of instruction and research. HBCU’s have a strong
foundation in preparing its students, competing against PWI’S
(predominately white institutions)is a challenge to serve and
being of service to communities once of color now of diversity.
At one time HBCU’s were the dreams of students in the communities
where these historic Black schools were built, communities
flourished around them and the school was part of the community
and the educational climate.
Now communities do not show the respect or admiration they use
to about these remarkable communities of learning. Black families
are too quick in looking for a way out of their communities instead
of working to re-invest in them, in their struggles to leave they neglect
and even contribute to the demise of their communities. Too many
Black leaders are happy to receive honors, awards, recognitions and
even pseudo-doctorial degrees, but what have Black leaders done
to raise monies for financial aid, scholarships, offered internships
and other supportive devices for HBCU’s? There is support and
assistance, more needs to be done by alumni.

Educational Technology EDU TEC 250
Edward Waters College Spring 2015

Students of HBUC’s are Human Capital that are just as valuable and
talented as those from PWI’s, while HBCU’s are preparing students
for the work force, students must be exposed to the intellectual
resources to teach the necessary skill-sets for students to survive
and flourish in careers or as entrepreneurs.
Students entering into HBCU’s must be ready to change their way of
thinking by adapting their thought processes to grow and importantly
mature intellectually and behaviorally. Applying their acquired
knowledge and skills in their areas of study. Statistics are showing
women are out growing men.

HBCU’s adapting to the 21st century are building not just Human
Capital, they are creating Knowledge Workers. “They are workers that
build a deep expertise in a set of skills.” Google: How Google Works 2002.
They become the “go to people” with dynamic skills that are needed,
skills that solve problems and ask the questions that need to be
asked in diverse industries.
The survival of HBCU’s are vital to America, proper and truthful financial
management, strong academic curriculum, building Human Capital which
relates to recruiting students to attend an HBCU and importantly ensuring
they graduate. It takes a continual coordinated effort with collaborative
work between instructors and counselors. My son, a graduate of Florida
A&M University understands the value of a strong academic foundation of
an HBCU, graduating Summa Cum Laude then attending Florida State
University’s graduate program and hopefully doctorial program.
FAMU provided an excellent foundation for him to build from and grow.

Florida A&M University Spring 2014

In the world today there is a transition of abilities based on management
skills and technical skills. HBCU students learn the necessary management
skills to “manage” people and resources from experienced instructors.
The technical aspect is applied when the use of technology is integrated
properly and with purpose from those with vast experience in the areas
that they teach. Many are / have been industry leaders in technical fields.

The combination of technical application, integration, collaboration and
coordination comes from participating in areas where these skills can
be nurtured, practiced in class and applied in real world situations.
HBCU students are judged on the type and continuity of their content,
so having a mission and vision in creating content is important. In my
#EducationalTechnology class at Edward Waters College students are
learning more than just PowerPoint, Word, and Social Media they are
learning how to apply productivity tools, and digital tools in Social Media
on diverse platforms. Learning how to integrate technology to teach with
if in education and apply tech to other disciplines.
To be able to communicate in an atmosphere of diversity, intellectualism,
collaboration and cooperation. Networking in digital environments where
you are judged by your content. Coordinating to help students manage
their cross discipline skill sets ,utilizing tools helps HBCU students build
their Human Capital value as well as building Knowledge Worker skills.
Writing builds intellectualism that can be applied across the academic
curriculum of any discipline. It is my opinion that all HBCU students must
consistently build diverse content and grow their writing skills. Building
their critical and higher order thinking skills that allow for strong content
development so they can Brand themselves and Market their abilities.
Content development helps to share information, build relationships,
and expand intellectual thought. The fight for the survival is critical and
increasingly dependent on the product that is graduated each year.
To stabilize HBCU’s there needs to be continued re-investment and
investment to keep HBCU’s viable, valuable and visible in and beyond
the 21st century.

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