Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played a unique function in the American higher education system. However, research on HBCUs remains scant. One reason for the lack of research may be due to the fact that scholars have not engaged in studies that examine the diversity among theses institutions. Collectively, the mission, role, and function of these institutions have been documented in the research literature. Yet, no study has considered the individual identity that exists between and among these institutions. This article highlights the misalignment that exists between the Carnegie Classification and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The case is made for a separate classification that solely focuses on HBCUs. However, in doing so, such a classification must be based on variables that are unique to HBCUs and not just traditional classification variables.
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- Urban Studies