Historically Black Colleges and Universities

hbcu graduates at a graduation ceremony celebratingToday’s hottest careers are in analytics, data science and STEM fields, areas where African Americans continue to be underrepresented. Historically black colleges and universities are striving to change that, and analytics staffing company, diversity talent partners, have pledged to help. Diversity Talent Partners is helping more people of color seize exciting career opportunities throughout the United States.

There continues to be a lot of discussion around STEM careers and STEM education, and for good reason. It is estimated that the US will need to add 1 million STEM professionals over the next 5 years. As the country’s population becomes more diverse, it will be necessary to prepare more people of color for those careers. Of course, HBCUs will continue to play a significant role. Even though the majority of black students (approximately 90%) attend predominantly white institutions,  21 of the top 50 institutions (42%) for educating African-American graduates who go on to receive their doctorates in science and engineering, are HBCUs. HBCUs produce 27 percent of African-American students with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.  

Diversity talent partners would like to highlight, HBCUs contribute nearly $15 billion to our annual economy and have provided pathways of opportunity to millions of Americans, many of whom are first generation college students. Despite being historically underfunded and under-resourced, these institutions continue to produce top talent. There is no workplace diversity, especially within the tech
industry, without HBCUs.

According to US News & World Report, HBCUs comprise 3% of all colleges and universities yet produce 24% of undergraduate degrees nationwide awarded to African American students. Nearly 300,000 students attend the more than 100 HBCUs in America. Those universities account for more than one-third of all black STEM degree earners and produce 42% of black engineers, including more than 47% of black women engineers.