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September 23, 2014

The HBCU Value Proposition

At the 2014 National HBCU convention, Secretary Duncan affirmed the value of HBCUs to achieving national educational goals, such as regaining America's lead in college attainment, strengthening the STEM fields and the teaching profession, expanding diversity, and encouraging innovation and international education. He also addressed concerns that HBCU leaders have raised about several Obama administration initiatives, and thanked the leadership of HBCUs for helping to improve and strengthen a number of administration policies. Along with his counterparts at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Peace Corps, and the Corporation for Community and National Service, Secretary Duncan encouraged more use of Public Service Loan Forgiveness to reduce student debt for those who are working full-time in government jobs or at tax-exempt non-profits.

September 26, 2013

The Enduring and Evolving Role of HBCUs

It is always important to me, and I always look forward to the opportunity to address the National HBCU Conference. This year in particular we are at a challenging, pivotal moment in supporting both the enduring and the evolving role of HBCUs.

Just four days from now, Republicans on Capitol Hill are threatening to shut down the government.

May 18, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary to Deliver Morgan State University Commencement Address

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the commencement address to more than 900 graduates during Morgan State University's commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Hughes Memorial Stadium on campus. Duncan will highlight Morgan State's accomplishments and the ongoing role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

May 29, 2012

Senior Education Department Officials to Deliver Remarks at Second Annual Conference of the HBCU General Education Alliance

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and Director of the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) John Wilson will deliver keynote remarks at the opening session of the Second Annual HBCU General Education Alliance Conference on Tuesday, May 29 at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.

February 07, 2012

White House Initiative Executive Director to Address President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

John S. Wilson Jr., the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will address the President's Board of Advisors on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to relay the year's report and give updates on the Initiative. Wilson will also lead the board in drafting a report on the results of participation in HBCU programs.

December 10, 2011

Leading a Life of Consequence

Thank you, Broncos for that welcome!

I am so glad to join you here because today we get to do something which should happen more often in education. Today, we get to celebrate success. To our graduates here, and to their families who have supported them on this journey, congratulations.

June 3, 2010

Changing the HBCU Narrative: From Corrective Action to Creative Investment—Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the HBCU Symposium at the North Carolina Central University Centennial

Last September, I had the opportunity to speak at the National HBCU conference in Washington, DC, at which many of you were present. I shared with you my conviction that HBCUs must not merely survive but thrive. Today, I want to update you on what we and HBCUs, working together, have accomplished since last fall—and speak to the challenges that remain.

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