The HBCU Effect: An Exploration of HBCU Alumni’s Peer Networks and Workforce Outcomes

UNCF FDPRI study regarding workforce outcomes for Black HBCU alumni

HBCU students report greater academic and social gains for Black students. HBCUs are top producers of Black STEM graduates, Black medical doctors and veterinarians, and graduate low-income students at higher rates than PWIs (Lee & Keys, 2013; Richards & Awokoya, 2012). Yet, limited information exists regarding workforce outcomes for Black HBCU alumni. Through mixed-methods, this study, produced by UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, addresses gaps in knowledge about workforce outcomes at HBCUs by exploring how social experiences and networks affect the academic and workforce experiences of Black HBCU alumni.

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