Is ASU seeing a decrease in male enrollment?

Albany State University is trying to combat the decline of male enrollment at HCBUs. / Todd Bailey

Over one hundred accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States are seeing a decline in the number of men enrolling.

The Department of Education says that HBCU's campuses are seeing more female students since the 1970's, when the enrollment rate was 53 percent. Recently, it has increased to 61 percent.

Albany State University is not seeing a decrease in male enrollment, but it is focusing on male retention with its Center for the African American Male (CAAM).

Antonio Leroy, Executive Director for C.A.A.M, says that "what we're doing, we're enrolling at least eighty percent of our incoming males into our mentoring program here at Albany State University."

ASU over the past three years has seen women dominate its freshman classes, but the university is working to keep males involved and in school.

Several males at ASU weighted in on the enrollment numbers.

Student Justin Udi says "I feel like it's our role to stay in school."

"It has to do with mentoring, but I feel most of it has to do with self motivation" says C.A.A.M Student Historian Malcolm Gober.

Another ASU student, Xanthus Lee, said "in order to change a world we have to change ourselves. Two men had a dream; Martin Luther King and Barack Obama had a dream to become President and he did it."

Experts say some males are less prepared than females and not likely to talk finances, but Leroy says that can change with the right foundation. "So, the best thing that we can do is to say to these men pull your your pants up and you walk forward so the kids can pull theirs up and stop walking backwards."