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Public and Private Investments and Divestments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Public and Private Investments and Divestments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities

December 30, 1899

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play a pivotal role in American society. These institutions represent about 3 percent of two-year and four-year public and private nonprofit institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs, but award 17 percent of all bachelor’s degrees earned by black students. Over the last 20 years, HBCUs have also played a major role in graduating black students with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. 

This issue brief, written by Krystal L. Williams and BreAnna L. Davis and released in partnership with the United Negro College Fund, summarizes the federal, state, and local funding sources of HBCUs and non-HBCUs – in addition to private institutional investments – to illustrate continuing disparities in how colleges and universities secure resources.


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