Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Enrollment and Longer-Term Outcomes

Awarded Scholars:
Jonathan Smith, Georgia State University
Andria Smythe, Howard University
Justin Ortagus, University of Florida
Project Date:
Jan 2023
Award Amount:

Co-funded by The Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Despite a reduction in the Black-White gaps in high school completion and achievement scores since 1980, the college attainment gap has increased. Economists Jonathan Smythe and Andria Smythe and higher education expert Justin Ortagus will examine the extent to which Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) reduce racial gaps in economic wellbeing. They will use data from College Board, National Student Clearinghouse data, and TransUnion credit bureau data. 


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