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Tennessee State University Spending $250M In Campus Renovations

For years, the state had been underfunding the HBCU.

Tennessee State University will receive major renovations.

According to Nashville News, after a report by the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis showed that the State underfunded the HBCU for decades, the university received  $250 million from the state legislature. On Jan. 17, Tennessee State University President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover revealed the money will be used to upgrade several academic buildings, replace windows, repair burst pipes, switch out HVAC units, multiple roof replacements and more.

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Kenneth Rolle II, president of the TSU student government association, said after the announcement, “As we all know, MLK did have a dream, and today I do believe in his dream he had Tennessee State University in mind, and today we’re seeing that dream come to fruition.”

Tennessee State University has experienced an increase in enrollment (as have most HBCUs since 2020) but they do not have enough dorms to house students, which is a major issue.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions from the state, the money cannot be used to build more housing. Last year, hundreds of Tennessee State University students were forced to live in hotels.

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