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Top Strategic Issues Facing HBCUs, Now and into the Future

Top Strategic Issues Facing HBCUs, Now and into the Future

Created in a time of segregation and discrimination to educate students of color, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played a pivotal role in transforming the landscape of higher education in the United States. Today, in an era of rapid transformation, HBCUs face historic challenges as well as new obstacles. Questions about sustainability, cost, quality, and mission are among many of the perennial issues that will require greater attention and creative approaches and solutions from governing boards and presidents, now and into the future.

AGB knows that governing boards benefit when they have both a broad and focused understanding of the challenges their institutions face. And they benefit by putting those issues into a larger, national context.

Top Strategic Issues Facing HBCUs, Now and into the Future report sheds light on the most pressing strategic issues for HBCUs. The report identifies seven pressing priorities for HBCUS.

1. Enrollment and the Value Proposition

2. Educational Quality and Degree Offerings

3. Student Success and Completion

4. Finances and Affordability

5. Infrastructure

6. Federal and State Policy

7. Governance and Leadership

Our hope is that the findings will contribute to the national dialogue about the future of HBCUs and serve as a resource for boards and institutional leaders to focus their important work, now and into the future. Click here to download a copy of the report.

The report draws on two sources: 1) a survey of HBCU presidents and 2) a gathering at AGB’s 2014 National Conference on Trusteeship with board members, presidents, and campus and system leaders from public and private HBCUs. The survey, which consisted primarily of open-ended questions, was sent electronically to 99 HBCU presidents and 24 completed responses were submitted. We are grateful to Accenture for their support which has made the report possible.
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