President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to increase support and oversight of the nation's historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) within his administration--but stopped short of providing the federal money the schools badly need.

Nor did administration officials hold the in-depth meeting that some presidents and chancellors of the black schools had sought. And Betsy DeVos, Trump's education secretary, and Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser, ignited firestorms.

Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, said scheduled time to engage administration officials in a listening session about the challenges HBCUs face blew up when it was decided to take...

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