Misguided Priorities: Texas’ Inequitable Investment in Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Postsecondary education is critical for driving prosperity for Texas families. For more Texans to become skilled members of the workforce and sustainable earners for their families, students of all backgrounds need equitable access to an affordable education after high school. The state government has an important role to play to ensure college affordability, and it is vital that lawmakers prioritize higher education. Every Texan, from any background, should be able to access and afford these opportunities.

While there has been insufficient state investment in higher education generally, there is a significant disparity in state investment in certain types of public institutions. This disparity in institutional investment is especially stark when comparing state funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to that of flagship state universities.

Why do public HBCUs – which educate more underrepresented and lower-income students – receive significantly less state funding than the big flagship universities? Texas lawmakers should show their dedication to equity in higher education by increasing their funding to HBCUs to a level that matches or exceeds their investments in public flagships, given the important and growing populations served at HBCUs.

Read an in-depth analysis of these disparities.

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