UNCF Invites HBCU Alumni to Participate in Research Study on “The HBCU Experience”

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund’s) Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI), the research arm of the organization, is conducting a search for alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to participate in a research study entitled, “The HBCU Experience: An Exploration of Peer Networks and Workforce Outcomes for HBCU Alumni.” The study aims to examine the impact that socialization at HBCUs has had on workforce outcomes for HBCU alumni. All HBCU alumni from the past 50 years are eligible to participate in the study. 

So far, nearly 1,000 HBCU attendees from across the United States have participated in an on-line survey which qualifies them to be considered for a second part of the research—an opportunity to be interviewed by a member of the FDPRI team. The digital survey takes about 25-30 minutes to complete. 

“It is important that every HBCU is represented in this research study to show the impact that alumni of our institutions are making in society based on the access they had to a peer network through their undergraduate studies,” said FDPRI Director LaToya Owens. “Being able to be with those who have had a similar experience to you during a very formational period of your life is extraordinary for most of us. As a proud HBCU alumna, I can recall from my experience at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University the role that campus involvement has had in the work that I am doing now to support all of our institutions.”

The research being conducted will assist HBCUs and other higher education institutions with developing their professional support practices. HBCU alumni, administrators and educators are encouraged to share the survey with their alumni networks. 

If interested in participating, HBCU alumni can start the process by taking the on-line survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thehbcueffect.



About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF)