HBCU Howard University stands for Horrible University… : ThyBlackMan

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

HBCU Howard University stands for Horrible University…

October 7, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry

(ThyBlackMan.com) Howard University, in Washington, DC, is one of the elite Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the U.S.  Howard students are quick to call their school the “real H U!”  The reason is so they won’t be confused with another well know HBCU—Hampton University.

But after years of frustrating experiences with Howard University, I have come to the conclusion that they are truly the “real H U.”  But, in this case, the H U stands for “Horrible University.”

Over the years, I have regularly presented Howard and its student’s opportunities to make money and to further the mission of their school—to educate Black students.

Last week, I was called by a friend and asked to find 2 law students she could interview for internships in her government agency.  I told her I would call Howard’s law school and have them call her.  I talked with a woman in their career placement office and she said she would call my friend.  A week later and my friend still has not heard from the school.

So, 2 days ago, I decided to call George Washington University’s Law School (GW)—a predominantly white school in Washington, DC.  I told them I needed two Black law students to consider for internships.  Less than an hour later, my friend was contacted by GW and 2 lucky students are on the verge of getting an internship!

If my negative experience with Howard was an isolated incident, then I could shrug it off to a thing called life—sometimes things happen.  But, this is not the case.

Earlier this year, I called the president of Howard University and offered the school a chance to be the venue for a series of Republican presidential candidates town hall forums.  I am still waiting for them to give me an answer. 

Several years ago, a friend of mine who owned all the Dominoes Pizzas in this area, offered to give the school a free franchise that the students could run.  The only stipulation was that the school donates the space.  According to our calculations, each student would have earned about   $ 10,000 per year.  I have yet to get a response from the school, almost 10 years later!

So, yes Howard, you are the “real H U–” horrible university!  So, Howard, you win.  I will not attempt to provide any further opportunities to the school, nor its students.

Howard University has a storied past, but not such a storied present.  Howard has got to be the worst run HBCU in the country.  I had this conversation with a current student at Howard yesterday at a restaurant and she agreed with me 100%.

To Howard and its students, why can I never seem to get a simple response when I try to present opportunities to you?  Even if you are not interested, a definitive response would have been appreciated.  But that seems too much to ask.  Yet, white institutions seem to respond immediately to any offer I present to them.

God has blessed me in many ways, so my only obligation is to reach out my hand, not attempt to make someone take my hand. 

In the immortal words of Sir Winston Churchill, “To everyman (or organization) there comes a time when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a great and might work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”  Unfortunately, Howard University has been found both unprepared and unqualified!

Staff Writer; Raynard Jackson

Mr. Jackson is also founder of a political and industrial consultant firm which is based in Washington, DC; Raynard Jackson & Associates.



27 Responses to “HBCU Howard University stands for Horrible University…”
  1. Gregory says:

    I’m not exactly sure when, but sometime in the last decade or so Howard has become a joke. They no longer care about their students at all. The administration are experts of shirking you off to someone else (they would rather waste your time than do their jobs). The dorms are a mess (infestations, mold, fire hazards like windows that do not open, etc).

    The only thing Howard has going for it is it’s students, who continue to make an interesting culture around the school. There is a large air of everyone hating the Howard Administration, but as soon as they graduate all they have to say is nice things about the school, causing future generations to think its the same historic school it was 40 years ago.

    If you are reading this while considering coming to howard, DO NOT. Avoid every HBCU but Spelman and Moorehouse.

  2. Lidia says:

    I really wanted to go to this school because they have great programs. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a hold of the registrars office. They never answer the phone. I called several times everyday, but no responds and I emailed them as well. I left them voicemail and one day there voicemail was full. When I did get a hold of someone in the admission’s office they never had answer for my question and they will direct me to email them or a different department. The whole process was so stressful and til this day I am still having problem with communication. All communication has been through email, but none seem to have solutions. It’s sad that I have to go elsewhere because they don’t seem to have knowledge as to what department does what.. It seems like they also have limited knowledge. For example, I had a simple question about dropping a course and I could not get a hold of the registrars office. Admissions to me to call them or email etc.. Why didn’t they just tell me that I could drop the class on Bisonweb? or even when you need a health form, they don’t tell where to find it online. Instead she says call the department or email them etc..

  3. Darryl Spence says:

    i worked as a security guard at howard a long time ago. the administration put bogus criminal charges on me for practices my right of free speech. it is a long story to tell, but my life was ruined. when the new president took office, i wrote him and the board. no response after three years. it is so hard to believe that after all these years nothing has changed at howard. the masses of black people are truely on thier own. love and wish all of you the best of luck.

  4. China Dickerson says:

    Mr. Jackson,

    This may have already been said/asked, but did you contact the law school or the undergraduate campus regarding law school students for an internship? If you didn’t contact the law school, why would you expect the law school to call you back. Also, shouldn’t you retract that statement if you did not contact the law school but the undergrad campus instead? The reason I bring this up is because our Dean just shared with us that you were contacted and you apologized saying you never called the law school but only the undergrad campus.

  5. Barnett, Esq. says:

    I was very upset after reading this – not because I am a Howard Alumni – but because I am a product of HBCU’s (Howard, Morehouse, Spelman, NCA&T and the list goes on…) and because this article does absolutely nothing to help advance the ideals of HBCU’s and the agendas which they push.

    You are allowed your own opinions, Mr. Jackson, but your decision to refer to one of the most revered Universities in all of Black history as “horrible” is rather disturbing. Your journalistic integrity and skills bothered me until I found that you have – seemingly – no formal training and are left to believe that any sensational thing your mind can come up with is perfectly fine to be published. Then again, this is a blog, and thus not subject to the standards of modern electronic media. I digress…

    The issue here isn’t whether or not Mr. Jackson’s opinions are unfounded, whether the manner and method in which you decided to address them. You should be careful the things you say online. I’m sure Norma Leftwich, general counsel at Howard, would not take too kindly to someone attempting to drag this university’s name and reputation through the proverbial mud.

    You have been put on notice.

  6. Howard Grad Alumn (08) says:

    As a graduate of Howard University, Class of 08′, why do the students feel they are owed something all the time. Everyone seems to want to blame the administration for 90% of the things that go wrong, but what about the students? When will you all take more responsibility for things. I’ve attended both White and Black institutions, and I never see long lines or so many complaints as I have seen with HBCU’s. No disrespect, but until we as a people stop complaining and do what we need to do to get our own stuff together we will never progress. In 2011, no Black school should be still dealing with long lines. Real talk means for real understanding.

  7. Antoine says:

    Sadly, as a student, I agree with you. People say that we all need to unite and help, but we can only do so much for each other. Helping is to provide opportunities. It’s in the hands of the University and its students to take it. What’s even worse is the fact that these great opportunities don’t trickle down, past administration. Once it’s in administration, if it requires work, it won’t get done or passed down to people willing to do it unless the flame is pressed to the university’s image (or bank accounts).

    I’d tell anyone just what Kay said, approach student organizations over administration. We, the students, seem to be more concerned with our legacy and what it meant, and should mean, than the people in charge.

  8. BisonAlum says:

    To categorize a school as horrible because you could not capitalize on it shows that we were better off without your services.

  9. Anonymous Bison says:

    I’ve met this man at several events around the DMV area. Although I appreciated his attempts at helping me, a Howard student at the time, the way he did it was totally unprofessional in my honest opinion. It is not okay to flirt with girls who are half your age and engage in inappropriate vernacular. I felt uncomfortable following up with him. If you talk to students the way you spoke to me, then that is why you don’t get responses Raynard.
    Just being honest.

  10. Patricia says:

    Howard University’s Mission is not to “educate black students” that’s an over simplification. The correct mission is to produce Leaders for America and the Global community. It’s not just a black thing, sir.

    Additionally, I’ve never heard of someone being upset because people don’t want to take their hand outs. Howard has done fine without your “donations” and will continue to do well in the future. I’m glad you found some other students to share that opportunity with. I hope it works out well for the students involved

  11. Kirk R says:

    I was about to write a long rebuttal to this article, but I think “Concerned Howard Alum” summed up all most of my points exactly. None of these three things are “free money” as much as you try to make them sound like that. There are several political, financial and administrative issues surrounding each of them. It takes time for a large bureaucratic organization to decide on things like this.

  12. natalie says:

    @concerned howard alum

    Your link doesn’t support your message as u intended. In fact with the exception of the interruption of the 2 “healthcare reform advocates” the audience seemed to support an open civil dialogue with Micheal Steele. Not necessarily a fan of mr steels but it was refreshing to witness an engaged student body regardless of ideology.

  13. Bison289 says:

    How bout talking about how Howard has cancelled a good percentage of their programsin the past yr?
    I loved my experience at Howard..but in the end the shit has to stop! The alumni/students of Howard deserve better.

  14. Anna, a PROUD BISON says:

    Dear Mr. Jackson,
    My fellow Howardites and I can understand your frustration with the Howard administration as we have had similar and worse experiences. The Howard student you talked to would probably have happily educated you on how to properly navigate the Howard bureaucracy had you asked, but instead you decided to write this atrocious trash on the internet to make yourself feel better. Dealing with HU’s administration can be a very humbling experience, but Bison take it as a lesson on patience and perseverance. Instead of complaining and quitting when we are denied or ignored we learn to adapt, ask for help and adhere to our goals. My first lesson at Howard, before I set foot into a classroom, was taught to me by older students: “It’s not always about what you know, but about who you know.” So how about you get to know us? I will gladly be your first real HU contact so that when you calm down and decide to try again I can refer you to the REAL HU, students who work too hard to be insulted like this. It’s a shame that you are insulting one of the reasons you can be in the position that you are in. From Howard came the architects of Brown v. Board of Ed, that allowed you to attend all those PWIs that misled you into this false sense of entitlement. (Don’t get me started on the difference between Howard Thurman, Benjamin Mays and Oral Roberts…) Anyway, I’m sorry that you had to find out this way that not everyone cares how important you think you are, but as I previously stated Howard will humble you. If you decide that you really have given up on this “horrible university” then we will kindly thank you for not wasting the time of our best and brightest as they are NOT meant to be tokenized (Why did the 2 law students have to be Black?). A better question would be: Would you have written such a scathing article about GW had it been vice versa? Conclusively, you will catch more Bison with berries than bullshit so the next time you have an issue with Howard try a sweeter approach.

    Forever a Bison,
    Anna S.

  15. Anthony B says:

    I’m a current student here at the Mecca (class of 2015) and I agree that administration is a pain to deal with. I would suggest just coming straight to us, the students. Hold something on The Yard or in Blackburn. And also try the School of Business (I’m in there also), I’m sure they would be willing to help you!

  16. Ronesha says:

    I’m actually quite offended by this article, simply because you used the subjective term, “Horrible.” Is Howard’s administration horrible? At times, yes. But we, as students and alumni are in no way lackadaisical in our approach to finding work or internships. In fact, we are very progressive and organized in our approach. I had seven internships during my time at Howard University. Many of my friends have had this number or more, as well. This late into the semester, a Howard student is not LOOKING for an internship. A Howard student has STARTED the internship and is networking, planning for the upcoming semester. As a former president of a Howard organization, I can also say that I was NEVER contacted by the administration to put on any programs, because that’s not the Howard way of doing things. Had you researched, you would have seen that Howard has an organization called the College Republicans that you should have reached out to, to lobby on your behalf for the series.

    Last but not least, “Thy Black Man,” you seem to be one of the reasons black people can’t find solidarity. Instead of uplifting your younger brothers and sisters, you tear them down by saying you will take your opportunities elsewhere. Your attitude is why WE can’t get anywhere. If I got frustrated every time I saw a black child in D.C. behaving improperly or people in my hometown of New Orleans being ignorant and one-track minded, I would not be working so damn hard to reach my goal of starting a nonprofit for black high school students. But I don’t do that. And at your age, you should most certainly know better.

  17. Glen says:

    There is a best and professional way to go about things. If one is truly of a mind set to help then tenacity carries the day. Howard is and has proven too be a great institution of higher learning and vision for the country and world.

  18. Ian Evans says:

    Well, If You Want To Break Bread With Tuskegee University… We Are HERE! I Love Howard U Though…

  19. Concerned Howard Alum says:

    *deep breath*

    1) Asking GWU to narrow black law students down to two is a much less time consuming task than asking Howard University to narrow black law students down to two. Naturally, GWU’s response would be quicker. In addition, it is October 7th. I assure you that Howard Law students had their fall semester internships squared away last spring and they have already squared away their opportunities for this upcoming spring so they can focus on their midterms right now.

    2) Look at the Republican presidential candidates’ agendas and explain how a series of town hall forums would be nothing more than a publicity stunt to give the impression that the Republican Party is in touch with Howard University’s agenda. Or at a minimum, Howard University’s motto “Veritas et Utilitas,” which translates to truth and service. Michael Steele’s antics when he visited our campus and HU’s response should have told the GOP to stop with that mess (footage available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU8vatMZYoI ).

    3) The Domino’s franchise seems like a great idea, but a simple phone call or email to dining services would have revealed that Sodexo has an exclusivity deal on Howard University’s campus. Food product sold or distributed in Howard facilities has to be by way of Sodexo. The only reason that licensed food carts are allowed to be on 6th Street is that 6th Street is considered property of the District of Columbia. Therefore, Howard University would not be able to provide space for a Domino’s franchise that directly conflicts and competes with Sodexo’s pizza offfering, Pandini’s (Info available at http://howarddining.com/locations.html ).

    As a Howard alum, I appreciate your effort to provide opportunities to my alma mater. Due to my time spent as a Howard student, I also appreciate the importance of handling business in a professional manner. There are so many other ways that you could have handled not only providing opportunities, but also voicing your difficulty with receiving a response. Furthermore, if you “had this conversation with a current student at Howard yesterday at a restaurant and she agreed with [you] 100%,” then she should have been able to tell you everything that I have said.

    You are more than entitled to have an opinion about Howard University, but please put as much effort into formulating that opinion as you do into expressing that opinion.


  20. Chris says:

    It is completely illogical to penalize students for the failures of their administration. Rather than witholding opportunities from the students, the obvious route would be to skip the administration altogether and communicate directly to the students or student organizations. Nonetheless, your misguided hatred is nothing new. If Howard students are good for anything it is overcoming the barriers placed before us by misinformed people such as yourself.

  21. Juanito says:

    This article is purely emotional and anecdotal. My guess is you’re either bitter about something you neglected to mention, or you have a hidden political agenda and wish to somehow try to discredit the University with this painful-to-read non sequitur you have here. Mr. Jackson, you’re simply going to have to do better than offer incoherent rants for someone to actually believe you. So tell us, why you are really mad..??

  22. @GoDorien says:

    “To Howard and its students, why can I never seem to get a simple response when I try to present opportunities to you?”

    ?”Horrible” is subjective… There is no reason to vilify students in the article…I understand he’s upset, but his one personal experience shouldn’t be grounds to discredit an entire university.

    The students at Howard University are it’s most valuable asset, and by the looks of it the talents and gifts of student’s at Howard could be found useful at RaynardJackson.com

  23. LadyChi says:

    I’m upset by this article because of what Joshua said. Nothing in this article presented a desire to try harder, but instead it was an easy dismissal of my University. All of these “I called and got no answer” comments were ridiculous. As if there was no other way to contact people. Like we don’t have an outstanding newspaper to post opportunities to and as if students don’t read fliers which was another possible outlet of your information. If you have no desire to help because of a couple unanswered calls then you reconsider whether you ever really wanted to help or not.

  24. Kay says:

    I am a howard grad and while there is truth to some of what you have said, its been my experience that howard’s biggest problem is its administration. i encourage you to stop approaching howard’s administration and approach student organizations and their leaders and see the dramatic difference in the response that you will get.

  25. Joshua C says:

    “Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ~ Ghandi

    If you’re going to talk about Howard maybe you should go try and change whatever you think is wrong with it.

    Divide and conquer buddy! You’re giving us divide. We need you to give us solidarity.

  26. richard martin says:

    It’s an interesting question. It may be that Howard is a rigid bureaucratic organization. Bureaucracies introduce their own form of complexity which needs to be micromanaged to function. The bureaucrats within a rigid system have no one to expedite (someone who knows the system well enough to break policy and procedures without injuring the integrity of the bureaucracy) special requests and situations.

    The alternative is the organization is inept or dysfunctional at certain levels. Most disturbing is, does this anecdote represent stress fractures in Howard’s organization structure?


Check out what others are saying about this post...
  1. […] prior, an editorial described Howard customer service as ‘horrible,’ outlining several attempts to provide the university and its students business and academic […]

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!