others, calling the institutions the â€śquintessential equal education opportunity facilitiesâ€ť compared with predominantly white institutions. â€śThey have at all times been more diverse than their white counterparts.â€ť
Franklin agrees. â€śTo black collegesâ€™ credit, weâ€™ve always been non-racist intuitions by contrast when white institutions were discriminating black colleges were.â€ť While he is proud of Packwoodâ€™s achievement, as well as the successes of all the collegeâ€™s graduates, he says Morehouse doesnâ€™t have a specific agenda to recruit white prospects and is instead focused on enrolling â€śthe best and brightest who will fit in Morehouse culture, academic excellence, moral character, and community service.â€ť
Franklin adds that a number of white Morehouse graduates such as Howard Zehr, a professor of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, have become â€śambassadorsâ€ť for equality among all people. â€śWe are able to educate the leadership of the white community that will ultimately benefit the black community,â€ť he says.
HBCUs employing better marketing techniques that highlight various academic successes and strengths continue to add to the variety of reasons why non-African Americans are enrolling in those institutions. For instance, as one of only two pharmaceutical schools in Louisiana, Xavier Universityâ€™s College of Pharmacy is a popular choice for those wishing to enter the field. At the start of the 2007-2008 school year, non-African Americans and non-resident aliens made up 49% of the collegeâ€™s 679 students, according to Treva A. Lee of Xavierâ€™s planning and intuitional research office.
Other top deciding factors are that HBCUs provide smaller, nurturing environments, a diverse campus experience, and affordability. They are proportionately priced lower than their predominantly white counterparts. On average, private HBCUs cost $10,000 less than predominantly white private institutions, and public HBCUs cost about $1,000 to $1,500 less than predominantly white public institutions, Baskerville points out.
Packwood says his decision to attend Morehouse was no different than why many other students chose to go there: to get the Morehouse experience. â€śI can empathize but I donâ€™t truly know the experience of being a black man in America…I do share the Morehouse experienceâ€¦I owe a lot to this institution.â€ť
Packwood, who has siblings of mixed-race, says he feels a real connection with his Morehouse brothers and is proud to be a part of the same legion as the likes of a Martin Luther King Jr. He has gained a lot from his Morehouse experience, including a unique perspective that he wouldnâ€™t have gotten if heâ€™d attended Harvard University or Columbia University, which he says were strong considerations.
Baskerville, along with Franklin and Moses, believes African American students will be able to get â€śthe real black college experienceâ€ť even as more non-blacks continue to populate HBCU campuses. â€śThose things that are part of the culture and tradition tend to remain intact,â€ť says Baskerville, who strongly believes HBCUs are absolutely still necessary. â€śThere are no indications that as more diverse students attend, that you are losing the rich tradition and culture of the HBCU experience.â€ť