Posted Sept. 11, 2008 – The United Negro College Fund wants America to guarantee that students of color – poor and otherwise – get an opportunity to go to college and graduate.
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On Tuesday, one of the nation’s oldest minority education advocacy groups issued “The ABC Agenda for Higher Education,” which calls for increased access and affordability.
“If ever there was a time to push for what our students and colleges need, this is it,” said UNCF President Michael L. Lomax.
A recent study by the National Science Foundation (NSF), showed that historically Black colleges outperform other colleges when it comes to producing African Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in science and engineering, which means that HBCUs are doing their job, Lomax said.
“Schools that produced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall are still attracting the best and brightest young African American students, and giving them the kind of education that enables them to earn doctoral degrees in the most demanding — and in-demand — fields,” he said.
Historically, UNCF says, Black institutions have served mostly poor, Black students, but they continue to educate and graduate African American students at higher rates than other colleges and universities – despite fewer resources. The group wants lawmakers to use its ABC Agenda as a blueprint that will “aid and guide Congress in securing resources that will enable HBCUs to continue to produce our nation’s future leaders, and a workforce that will be able to expand our position in the global economy.”