Over two million Black men in the U.S. have unfinished college degrees, and Morehouse College is on a mission to fix that.

Earlier this month, Morehouse College — the nation’s only HBCU dedicated to developing and educating men — announced the launch of its newest initiative Morehouse Online — an online undergraduate program that’s helping Black men who started their undergraduate studies finish and obtain a bachelor’s degree in their respective major.

Morehouse Online arrives at the turning point of the university’s digital transformation to make e-learning more inclusive. A press release shares that the new program is part of a strategy to create more innovative and robust programs for non-traditional college students.

“There has never been a more important time for the impact of Morehouse to scale,” said Dr. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College, in a press statement. “The challenges we face as a society today require exceptional leaders with superior critical thinking skills, a high moral compass, and a tireless pursuit for a just world. These are the kinds of leaders we’ve been producing since our founding. We look forward to continuing educating and uplifting Black men and men of color. The accessibility of an online education allows us to deliver the Morehouse experience and education to countless men who can bring their light to the world in the same way alums like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jeh Johnson, Spike Lee, Senator Raphael Warnock, and countless others have.”

Morehouse Online — in partnership with global edtech leader 2U, Inc. — will start rolling out initial course offerings in August 2021, which includes a bachelor’s degree completion program in business administration with a management concentration, as well as other disciplines.

The Undefeated reports Morehouse just finished building out its online infrastructure to accommodate remote learning strategies amid the pandemic, so its partnership with 2U is perfect timing.

“2U is honored to become Morehouse College’s digital transformation partner. At a moment when the need for more accessible, high-quality post-secondary education has never been greater, we are excited to help such an iconic institution and HBCU bring its distinctive undergraduate degree programs online,” said 2U Co-Founder/CEO Christopher “Chip” Paucek in a statement. “The strategic vision of President David A. Thomas to create a global Morehouse will open the doors of opportunity and promise of a Morehouse education and its special community to men of all ages, regardless of geography, for the first time in the school’s history.”

According to a press release, these online programs are designed to make the college experience more accessible for non-traditional students with existing college credits and real-world adult experience.

“Our world-class faculty are uniquely capable of using the expertise we have developed by producing transformative leaders for more than 154 years to make highly-relevant instruction available through cutting-edge platforms and delivery methods,” Thomas continued in his statement.

Morehouse expects to announce information on fully online bachelor’s degree programs in the near future.

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