ATLANTA (AP) - When President Barack Obama addresses graduates at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Sunday, he'll also be speaking to the broader community of historically black colleges and universities.
It's a proud corner of higher education that has struggled more than most during the last few years of economic distress. HBCUs educate a large share of low-income students who are still dealing with high unemployment rates among blacks and changes to a federal program that made it harder to get loans.
The result is slipping graduation rates. Morehouse's 2011 graduation rate, however, was 55 percent, among the very highest of HBCUs.
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