Georgia College Tops List; Magazine Names Morehouse Best for Black Students

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Byline: Brian Basinger, Times-Union staff writer

ATLANTA -- Black Enterprise magazine yesterday named four Georgia schools to its biennial list of the 50 best colleges and universities for black students, with Atlanta's all-male Morehouse College taking the top spot for the second consecutive time.

Three other Georgia schools, all in Atlanta, were also on the list: Spelman College (No. 3), Clark Atlanta University (No. 10) and Emory University (No. 17).

The survey, conducted every other year since 1999, evaluates historically black colleges and universities, as well as majority-white schools with high black student graduation rates, such as Emory.

Some critics of the survey say the rankings can be misleading because they compare all types of schools, including public, private, research, liberal arts, all-male and all-female institutions. However, Black Enterprise officials said that they wanted the list to have "something for every student."

Warren Massey, president of Morehouse, said his school was proud to receive the distinction as "best" in the nation.

"The way we look at it, being the best is not something we take for granted. . . . We never take it for granted," he said. "We work hard for it each and every day."

Black Enterprise's announcement came one week after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools pulled the accreditation of another historically black school in Atlanta, Morris Brown College, because of financial mismanagement.

Black Enterprise publisher Earl Graves used yesterday's reception on Morehouse's historic campus as a chance to chide the African-American community for not doing more to help schools like Morris Brown.

"Too many of our schools suffer from inadequate budgets, antiquated and under-financed facilities, and high staff turnover," he said. "Too many African-Americans, including alumni, are not personally committed to the financial support of [these schools]. These schools are not failing us. …