In the face of tough financial times, some of Atlanta’s most prominent Black colleges are being forced to make drastic moves.
Spelman College, a school struggling with decreasing enrollment, recently announced they would be cutting 35 positions. In addition, the historically Black all-women’s school will shut down the campus for one week following the May graduation ceremony.
Fellow Atlanta HBCU, Clark Atlanta University, has also announced that it’s laying off 70 faculty members and cancelling all physical education classes for the rest of the semester. Clark Atlanta students were given this Monday off so that the school could make changes to the class schedule. Morehouse College also announced they will not be renewing the contracts of 25 adjunct professors, which is one-third of the entire part-time instructional staff.
On top of this, two of Georgia’s other HBCUs – Albany State University and Savannah State University – remain under siege. Republican State Sen. Seth Harp is seeking to combine the schools with nearby predominantly White colleges.