*Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are still lagging behind in the digital age department. While other institutions of higher learning, such as Washington D.C., based American University, thrive in the social media stratosphere, leading HBCU’s like Howard University, tread the mediocre trampoline when it comes to joining forces with technology.
Multimedia courses are a mandate for any journalism student these days. Unfortunately, it appears that Howard and other black colleges are consistently failing this class. Outside of a few multimedia classes that are presented to students as electives, students at Howard’s School of Communications and at other HBCUs don’t have a chance to compete with their peers.
The urgency to create a viable social media learning environment is simply not there.
Schools like American University even have their professors in on the Facebook and Twitter craze. While at Howard and HBCUs, technology moves along at a snail’s pace as the new information highway continue to whizz by. While students at Howard and other HBCUs stand idle on the sidelines, the digital age and technology employment opportunities are moving past them.
Advanced and better technology is absence at Howard. The school also lacks the fundamental resources needed to create classes that instruct students on how to improve their multimedia and social media knowledge.
Technology and social media have become the driving force in just about all businesses, but most likely have affected the media industry the most. Social and multimedia are changing the way society consumes news, therefore it only makes sense the way media is taught in our schools be changed too.
If Howard and other HBCUs don’t hurry up and get on board quickly, students at these schools will suffer the consequences and won’t stand a chance in the new age job market.