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Shayla Pink

UWRT 1102
26 October 2015
This article totally proves my point that in order to determine how African American students
can be successful the PWI v. HBCU debate shouldnt even be a factor. It totally makes the last
article obsolete. This article did very well in saying that in order for a student to be successful
they need to choose the right type of school for their own educational and social needs.
Jones, Jaleesa. "Viewpoint: HBCU vs. PWI Debate Misses the Real Point of Higher
Education." USA TODAY College. N.p., 01 June 2014. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.

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In this article done by Jaleesa Jones titled Viewpoint: HBCU vs. PWI debate misses the
real point of higher education the real difference between HBCUs and PWIs is discussed. She
starts by giving the experience of an African American student that attended and predominately
white high school and then attended a HBCU. In that experience the student appreciated the
experience of being able to explore her identity as a black woman and the sense of doubleconsciousness. They then begin to cover the issue of society believing that because you receive
an education from a HBCU then it is inferior to that from a PWI. The point that is never taken

into account is how hard the students work and how all this hard work at either type of school is
what helps in the advancement of African Americans. The stigma that HBCUs are less rigorous
and generate less job opportunities is another issue that is brought up in this passage. This tends
to happen because of the recalibration of whiteness so people view blackness as a certain
thing so they believe that black institutions cant be better or even equal to a white institution.
It is then said that institutions should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The reason as to why
African American students choose to attend PWIs over HBCUs could be as simple as name
recognition, meaning that you can go onto any campus and say school names like Chapel Hill
and or Duke and the students will know what youre talking about but if you talk to some
students about other HBCUs and they wont know what it means. When this happens this can
leads students to believe that HBCUs may be inferior to PWIs. The next issue brought up was
that because of institutionalized racism public funding for HBCUs is very unequal when it is
compared to PWIs. Then the difference between the experience inside universities is another
point to consider, faculty support at a HBCU is way different than at a PWI and the sense of
community of African American students on a HBCU is more present than at a PWI. But in the
end both types of institutions allow for students to become well-rounded individuals.
This article was very good to read, the fact that this was written by a senior from UNC
Chapel Hill makes it very recent and creditable. I liked all the experiences from other students
that attended either HBCUs or PWIs and some experiences that had students that did both. The
points used in this passage are very useful for my point that it is more about the student not the
institution. Although they did not mention programs that can help these students, there are other
factors that can be used for my transition in my thesis.