Date published: May 12, 2011
What are HBCUs, tribal colleges and other minority-serving institutions doing that gives them such success in retaining students of color and helping them graduate? Two education professors want to discover some of the secrets to their success through a three-year study of nine such universities. The researchers, Dr. Clifton Conrad of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Marybeth Gasman of the University of Pennsylvania, hope the study, scheduled to run from lune to October 2013, will uncover replicable strategies and programs. And in return for participating, the institutions will each get $50,000 toward their programs. "These programs and practices have remained largely invisible within larger higher education," Conrad told Wisconsin Public Radio. "We proposed that it was important to identify and elevate these exemplars of student success in ways that will enhance other MSIs, as well as predominantly White institutions."