Lessons Learned from Supporting HBCU Leaders in Implementing Student Success Practices



With fewer resources, less political support, and a mission to serve a historically marginable group, HBCUs still graduate low-income student and Black students at rates better than many Predominately White Institutions. Achieving this goal requires HBCUs to have robust student support services and a leadership team that is focused on student success and outcomes. This work is taxing and often takes years to implement, cultivate, and determine the outcome. Thus, this chapter will describe “how” HBCU leaders navigate this difficult terrain to actually improve student outcomes. The chapter will also explore what happens to such student success efforts when there is a change in leadership and the impact of leadership transitions on the ability of HBCU leaders to increase their graduation and retention rates. This chapter will describe lessons learned from strategic efforts to support HBCU leaders as they implement student success strategies, and the implications for leadership transitions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Negro College Fund’s Institute for Capacity BuildingWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.The Education TrustWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Network EngagementAchieving the DreamSilver SpringUSA

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