AASA Launched Partnership to Raise Awareness about HBCUs

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Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 15, 2016 – Today, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, launched a partnership with HBCU Today, an online portal containing detailed information about our nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“For nearly 200 years, HBCUs have served as a vital force in teaching, research and public service,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “AASA is proud to introduce our new School Solutions partner. This digital resource significantly enhances awareness of the history of HBCUs and their educational opportunities.”

Published by Dallas-based Black Educational Events (BEE), HBCU Today highlights the rich histories of these institutions, including their academic and athletic programs, as well as student-run organizations.

“Our mission has always been to raise awareness of the unique educational and cultural opportunities available at our nation’s HBCUs,” said John Fleming, BEE president and CEO. “With AASA providing youth and their parents with information about HBCUs, the likelihood of more students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities at these esteemed colleges and universities increases.”

Through this partnership, superintendents and other school district-level administrators will have the opportunity to distribute HBCU Today to principals, teachers, school counselors, students and parents. Enrolled school districts will provide teachers with access to supplemental materials for use in the classroom. Students will have the ability to find tools to help prepare them for college and their careers.   

“Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian and Native American students from around the world have thrived at HBCUs,” added Domenech. “We feel this online guide will spread the message that these institutions serve as a viable choice for today's youth, regardless of their heritage.”
    
To preview the HBCU Today digital resource guide, visit the public website at www.hbcutoday.net. Easy access is also provided to Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), an HBCU Today co-brand partner.

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About Black Educational Events
Black Educational Events, LLC, is a privately held corporation located in Dallas, Texas. The company’s primary mission is to raise awareness of the continued importance and relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. BEE consists of two divisions: BEE Events, which produced the Angel City Classic in Los Angeles; and BEE Publishing, which created HBCU Today. For more information about BEE, visit www.blackeducationalevents.com.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.