Southern University Making Bold Commitment to Improve the Living Conditions of its Students
The administrative leadership of Southern University is making a bold commitment to improve the living conditions of its students and the surrounding campus community by implementing a $760 million multi-year strategic master plan. The master plan is built upon the input obtained from the students and community residents, with the intent of increasing student enrollment and using the university’s education and research skills to enhance the well-being of the surrounding community.
This effort by the Southern University leadership to reinvest in an area of the city that has experienced disinvestment for decades and expand the university’s impact beyond the campus boundary is the opposite position taken by the university leadership during the turbulent 1960-70s. During this period, the leadership’s efforts to maintain the campus status quo were often at odds with the students and community residents, which used the campus as a rallying point for organized civil disobedience aimed at achieving full US citizenship right by ending legal state-enforced segregation policies.
This article outlines some of the actions the Southern University Foundation needed to take in order to implement this strategic master plan. The HBCU Community Development Corporation (HBCUCDC) understands the details of what it will take for your HBCU administration to move in the same direction as the leadership at Southern University.
The key to the long-term survival of HBCUs is to increase student enrollment by creating a student experience that can compete for student enrollment. A master plan that provides students with a competitive educational experience that incorporates improvements to the surrounding community is what HBCUCDC offers.
If you are an HBCU administrator or faculty member looking for help developing a strategic master plan for your campus, please contact us at HBCUCDC. We would be honored to assist you in creating a blueprint for success that will benefit your students, staff, and community members for years to come.
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