Tennessee State University

Est. 1912
Nashville, TN

UNCF Member Institution
Transformation Partner since 2016


Motto: “Think, Work, Serve”
Website: tnstate.edu

HBCUs have made enormous contributions and have achieved in spite of continuous challenges and limited resources.

Dr. Glenda Glover President, Tennessee State University

Nestled in Nashville, the school began as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School for Negroes in 1912. The doors of the school opened to students on Juneteenth of that year. In 1922, the school was changed to a four-year teachers college. TSU was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1946. In August 1951, the institution was granted university status by approval of the State Board of Education. Tennessee State University aspires to be the premier public urban comprehensive institution, achieving prominence through innovation and instruction, research, creativity, and service with the dissemination of knowledge and information.

Through its transformation work, Tennessee State University aspires to increase persistence and retention rates by improving efficiency and streamlining the coaching and advising process. The institution is planning to develop a comprehensive summer faculty development program to better prepare faculty for online instruction. TSU also seeks to bridge that gap between students and alumni by creating a mentoring program with a focus on developing a platform for formal career exploration. The institution is also working to codify the effects of internship participation and program characteristics on a variety of student outcomes, group differences (e.g., socio-economic status, race, gender, discipline, and first-generation status) in internship participation and student outcomes.

I fulfill the promise of black higher education by showing up as proof to my students that each of them can become a professor as well.

Dr. LaPorchia Davis
Associate Professor, Tennessee State University
An Online Hub for Learning and Community Building

An Online Hub for Learning and Community Building

The United Negro College Fund is launching a new online learning platform where HBCU students and scholars at different institutions across the country can learn and connect.

Anthology Works to Strengthen Network for HBCUs

Anthology Works to Strengthen Network for HBCUs

Supporting student success outcomes requires a culture of data fluency. ICB and Anthology partner on HBCU Data and Analytics Credential.

Black Educators and Leaders Gather in Atlanta for UNCF’s UNITE 2022

Black Educators and Leaders Gather in Atlanta for UNCF’s UNITE 2022

UNCF convened for UNITE 2022, the organization’s summit for students, educators and professional stakeholders at HBCUs.

Coming Together for HBCU Student Success Excellence

Coming Together for HBCU Student Success Excellence

UNCF and InsideTrack partners to help students return to school in the midst of the pandemic. A new case study reveals lessons learned.

Dr. Rochelle Ford Named Next President of Dillard University

Dr. Rochelle Ford Named Next President of Dillard University

Dr. Ford will become the next president of Dillard University, a historically Black university in New Orleans. Ford is currently the dean of Elon University's School of Communications.

Forgotten Leaders – How HBCUs and PBIs Can Amplify Black Women’s Roles in Social Justice Movements

Forgotten Leaders – How HBCUs and PBIs Can Amplify Black Women’s Roles in Social Justice Movements

UNCF’s Executive Leadership Institute gatherings, focused on how HBCUs and PBIs can support women advocates by putting more women in positions of leadership.

Good News for HBCUs

Good News for HBCUs

For decades, Black colleges have been portrayed as deficient. What changed?

HBCU aims to achieve its goal of enrolling 10,000 students well ahead of schedule

HBCU aims to achieve its goal of enrolling 10,000 students well ahead of schedule

Morgan State University has announced historic enrollment figures for a second consecutive year.

HBCU Transformation Project Launched with $60 Million

HBCU Transformation Project Launched with $60 Million

The HBCU Transformation Project aims to increase HBCU health and sustainability, improve student outcomes in retention and graduation rates, expand enrollment, and bolster capacity building with faculty and staff.

ICB and Partners Reflect on Career Pathways Initiative

ICB and Partners Reflect on Career Pathways Initiative

UNCF and partners reflected on the successes of the Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) funded by a $50 million Lilly Endowment investment that helps HBCUs and PBIs strengthen institutional career placement outcomes.

Innovative Partnerships with Community Development Financial Institutions

Innovative Partnerships with Community Development Financial Institutions

CDFIs like Reinvestment Fund are positioned to connect the dots between community partners, financial institutions and policymakers to help drive healthy and equitable communities.

It’s time to uplift Black cities by investing in HBCUs

It’s time to uplift Black cities by investing in HBCUs

If HBCUs are to realize their full potential as a driver of economic and community development, their value and impact must be recognized by the capital markets.