Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions that were founded for the education of African Americans at a time when they were banned from enrolling in other educational institutions in the United States. However, they do not deny admission to others, and many HBCUs today are diverse and some are majority white institutions. The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines an HBCU as any historically black college or university that was created prior to 1964, with a sole mission based on the education and advancement of African Americans. The U.S. Department of Education also requires that the institution be fully accredited or making reasonable progress toward accreditation. According to the registry of HBCUs held by the U.S. Department of Education Historically Black Colleges and ...

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