Social connections and networks can be highly beneficial when navigating college and pursuing career opportunities, but Black learners and workers tend to have less awareness of, and access to, professional social capital. A new framework outlines a vision for change.
Topics: Black students
Discrimination, additional stressors create barriers to graduation for Black students, study finds
A new joint study from the Lumina Foundation and Gallup finds that Black college students face distinctive challenges to completing a postsecondary degree, including racial discrimination and conflicting work and caregiving commitments.
A $1.5 billion pledge to diversify the sciences
The Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program will invest in early-career academic scientists in honor of University of Maryland Baltimore County’s outgoing president, who helped transform UMBC into the nation’s top producer of Black scientists and engineers.
Bomb threats unsettle dozens of HBCU campuses
Recent bomb threats at dozens of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities have put campuses on edge and sparked concerns about the toll on students.
Report: How could college admissions better promote racial equity?
A new publication considers higher education’s admissions and financial-aid systems through the lens of racial equity and urges stakeholders to rethink key barriers for students of color.
Colleges create new roles to support Black male students’ academic success
Colleges are adding staff dedicated to the success of Black men in hopes of increasing enrollment and completion. Some campus leaders say it’s long overdue.
‘Come from all kinds of backgrounds and become the best’: Hrabowski’s legacy at UMBC
After three decades as one of higher education’s most influential leaders, University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III is preparing to retire, having transformed UMBC into a model for educating diverse students.
Why is diversity lagging at top public schools? Temple U. could offer clues.
Many selective public institutions are struggling to increase access for Black students, and Temple University is no exception. The Philadelphia Inquirer took a closer look.
Mentoring students of color at a predominantly white institution
This college leader says an institution-wide commitment is critical—and shares three ways her primarily white college is supporting students of color.
Institutions invest in programs to increase enrollment, retention of Black men
The enrollment of Black men at U.S. colleges and universities has declined noticeably during the pandemic, and some institutions are taking action.
Student debt: Officials extend loan repayment pause, analysis shows growing racial wealth gaps
Federal officials announced a final extension of the temporary pause on student loan repayments, sparking renewed calls for debt cancellation to address racial wealth disparities.
‘Was that all I had to offer?’: The double-edged sword when students highlight their hardships
In an opinion piece, one high school senior describes the tension experienced by students of color when they feel obligated to “sell [their] pain” during the college admissions process.