Brown II, C. M. (2013). The Declining Significance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Relevance, Reputation, and Reality in Obamamerica. The Journal of Negro Education, 82(1), 3-19.
Historically Black colleges and universities are a unique institutional cohort in American higher education. These colleges have been celebrated for their achievements and critiqued for their composition at differing points during their collective history. This article addresses contemporary ebbs and flows of their relevance and reputation in the national discourse. Particular attention is given to real or perceived changes in the status and place of these institutions since the election of President Barack Obama and the new imperative for maintaining institutional significance.
Full article can be found here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.82.1.0003