Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have made historic and ongoing contributions to the general welfare and prosperity of our country. Established by visionary leaders, America’s HBCUs, for over 150 years, have produced many of the Nation’s leaders in business, government, academia and the military and have provided generations of American men and women with hope and educational opportunity. The Nation’s 106 HBCUs are located in 20 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands and serve more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students. These institutions continue to be important engines of economic growth and community service, and they are proven ladders of intergenerational advancement for men and women of all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds especially African Americans. Those institutions also produce a high number of baccalaureate recipients who go on to assume leadership and service roles in their communities and who successfully complete graduate and professional degree programs.
Who We Are
President Obama has called for a major increase in the number of college graduates to support American competitiveness globally. The HBCU Nation is a non-profit advocacy initiative founded in 2012, committed to answering that “call”.
We have literally adopted the theme of the as our vision “to promote HBCU excellence, innovation and sustainability. With a current enrollment of 300,000 students, the President recognizes that Historical Black Colleges and Universities figure prominently in America being able to achieve its higher education goals. President’s Executive Order 13532
• Twenty-two percent of HBCUs have graduation rates that exceed the national average for blacks (42%). HBCUs award 21% of undergraduate degrees that blacks earn.
• Of the top ten producers of blacks who go on to earn PhD in science and engineering, eight are HBCUs.
• Eleven HBCUs are among the top fifteen colleges graduating black students in STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
• HBCUs will play a vital role in U.S. goals to increase college completion rates and to produce ten million new college graduates by 2020.
What We Do
Presidential Proclamation 2011 HBCU WEEK
President Barack Obama remarked:
"HBCUs continue a proud tradition as vibrant centers of intellectual inquiry and engines of scientific discovery and innovation. New waves of students, faculty, and alumni are building on their rich legacies and helping America achieve our goal of once again leading the world in having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020."
We have adopted as our mission statement, the charge given to the U.S. Department of Education by the President, the five core tasks, as outlined in Executive Order 13532. We also pledge our earnest support to the President’s Board of Advisors on the HBCU Initiative in the following areas:
(I) improving the identity, visibility, and distinctive capabilities and overall competitiveness of HBCUs;
(II) engaging the philanthropic, business, government, military, home-land security and education communities in a national dialogue regarding new HBCU programs and initiatives;
(III) improving the ability of HBCUs to remain fiscally secure institutions that can assist the Nation in reaching its goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020;
(IV) elevating the public awareness of HBCUs; and
(V) encouraging public-private investments in HBCUs.