North Carolina's historically black public universities have new buildings and new students. But they still have the same problems.
Four of the schools are getting new leadership within a month as the system continues to undergo change. That comes as two of the
schools face financial scrutiny.
State lawmakers and voters have allocated nearly half a billion dollars since 2000 to build new buildings at the five schools and to beef up recruiting and marketing operations. The efforts helped boost the number of students at the schools by about 52 percent since the beginning of the decade.
The universities still have graduation rates lagging behind the overall University of North Carolina system. Fewer than half of the students at the historically black schools graduate within six years.