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HBCU Grads Succeed More Than Other Black Grads Who Didn’t Go To HBCUs

By Victor Trammell

The idea of black students learning better and succeeding at a higher rate by being alongside their own and being taught by their own at the collegiate level isn’t just a matter of theory.

Scientific evidence has proven time and time again that black students who attend one of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have (a). A better chance of graduating and (b). A better chance of succeeding at the career of their dreams.

In this new age of the Obama era, HBCUs have not been doing as well financially as they once did. Enrollment rates are not as high and endowment programs are not as robust as they used to be. However, black students that are fortunate enough to graduate from their chosen HBCU have a better appreciation for higher education, according to an ongoing Gallop study.

The findings of this study by Gallop was published in the Gallup-USA Funds Minority College Graduates Report. Brandon Busteed, the executive director of the Gallup Education and Workforce Development Group conducted an exclusive interview with Inside Higher Ed News, which covered the research conducted by Gallop.

“This data does add a whole new dimension to the conversation about the value of HBCUs. Black students are having very meaningful experiences at HBCUs, compared to Black graduates from everywhere else,” Busteed said.

Here is where the numbers derived from the Gallop study come in. Researchers analyzed a very large pool of students when developing these facts. Over 55,000 college graduates have been surveyed for this study. It’s not like researchers used a small sample size and made narrow generalizations based on limited life experiences.

Gallop researchers really took the time to see how HBCU attendance positively affected a sizable number of the population that was being looked at. Zenitha Prince, a Senior AFRO Correspondent wrote the following about other statistics of this study in an article that was published by The Philadelphia Tribune:

“Black HBCU alumni reported higher thriving rates in all five areas of well-being, the largest gap coming in the area of financial well-being. While four in 10 Black HBCU graduates reported doing well in managing their finances to reduce stress and increase security, fewer than three in 10 (29 percent) of Black graduates of other schools reported the same.” (The Philadelphia Tribune)

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