Digital transformation, bolstering cybersecurity and expanding broadband on HBCU campuses has been an increasingly prominent topic for years. More than 80% of HBCUs exist within broadband deserts, according to analysis from McKinsey & Company
. Falling behind on the key metric of broadband access in the digital age jeopardizes the resilience and future success of HBCUs, institutions that disproportionately produce America’s Black doctors
, teachers, professors, lawyers and STEM professionals. Moreover, many HBCUs recently faced heightened security concerns, including cybersecurity threats. For example, a cyberattack forced Prairie View University in Texas to temporarily close
its operations in 2021, and 49 HBCUs faced bomb threats in 2022
. All of these incidents increase the urgency for leaders to continue investing in much-needed reforms at HBCUs, such as ensuring digital connectivity and a robust cybersecurity infrastructure.