For more than 78 years, UNCF has served as a beacon for those ready to invest in—and act on—the belief that no mind should be wasted and no dream deferred.

UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions and their supporters and champions to advance the promise of Black higher education.

We believe in the transformative potential of Black colleges and universities.

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UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Expands Network Committed to Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

UNCF expands transformation partnerships to 42 with newly funded cohort of HBCUs, propelling higher enrollment and student success.

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We Take A Racial Justice Approach to Institutional Transformation and Educational Equity.

Defining Racial Justice

The fair and just empowerment of all racial identities, resulting in equal opportunities, equitable outcomes and liberation for all people. Racial justice is achieved through responsive systems, structures and processes, as well as deliberate, dynamic, proactive and preventative supports—all consciously designed to right historic and social wrongs.

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UNCF ICB Joins Call for Support for Returning Learners as a National Priority During UPCEA MEMS Conference

UNCF ICB Joins Call for Support for Returning Learners as a National Priority During UPCEA MEMS Conference

UNCF ICB joined national student success professionals at the UPCEA MEMS Conference to discuss a new initiative that enables institutional networks to use coaching to support returning learners.

Coming Together for HBCU Student Success Excellence

Coming Together for HBCU Student Success Excellence

UNCF and InsideTrack partners to help students return to school in the midst of the pandemic. A new case study reveals lessons learned.

CFO Winter Retreat

CFO Winter Retreat

Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM

The Financial Sustainability Team cordially invites HBCU CFOs, AVPs for Finance, and Controllers to learn, connect, collaborate, and reset.

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Expands Network Committed to Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Expands Network Committed to Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

UNCF expands transformation partnerships to 42 with newly funded cohort of HBCUs, propelling higher enrollment and student success

Good News for HBCUs

Good News for HBCUs

For decades, Black colleges have been portrayed as deficient. What changed?

Institutional Site Visit: Huston-Tillotson University

Institutional Site Visit: Huston-Tillotson University

Date: December 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM

Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for campus leaders to discuss significant accomplishments and/or challenges.

The Edge: Putting ‘Digital Equity’ Into the Equation on EdTech Deals

The Edge: Putting ‘Digital Equity’ Into the Equation on EdTech Deals

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on trends in the HBCU space from the annual EDUCAUSE conference.

Striving for the ‘Gold Standard’

Striving for the ‘Gold Standard’

Some historically Black colleges and universities experienced record research funding this fiscal year. It’s a hopeful sign to a group of HBCUs seeking R-1 status.

Institutional Site Visit: Shaw University

Institutional Site Visit: Shaw University

Date: January 11, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM

Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for campus leaders to discuss significant accomplishments and/or challenges.

HBCU aims to achieve its goal of enrolling 10,000 students well ahead of schedule

HBCU aims to achieve its goal of enrolling 10,000 students well ahead of schedule

Morgan State University has announced historic enrollment figures for a second consecutive year.

College Enrollment Declines Again Though Online Schools, HBCUs See Increases

College Enrollment Declines Again Though Online Schools, HBCUs See Increases

Online schools and historically Black colleges and universities were among the few categories of schools to enroll more students in the fall, data show.

Institutional Site Visit: Claflin University

Institutional Site Visit: Claflin University

Date: January 17, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM

Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for campus leaders to discuss significant accomplishments and/or challenges.

UNCF among Six Intermediaries Receiving $100 Million to Lead Institutional Transformation at HBCUs and Other Institutions of Higher Education

UNCF among Six Intermediaries Receiving $100 Million to Lead Institutional Transformation at HBCUs and Other Institutions of Higher Education

UNCF has received a catalytic investment to accelerate institutional transformation efforts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jarvis Christian University Meets with Hawkins Community in Plan to form ‘Communiversity’

Jarvis Christian University Meets with Hawkins Community in Plan to form ‘Communiversity’

Members of the Hawkins community and Jarvis Christian University met today on the Jarvis campus to announce a new “transformation initiative.”

ADRF Convening

ADRF Convening

Date: January 18, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM

Leveraging Big Data to Achieve Equity is a project that partnered UNCF, Excelencia in Education, and the Coleridge Initiative to engage researchers to discover solutions to challenges often encountered by Black and Brown students in higher education.

Ten Strategies for a Successful Presidential Transition & Presidency

Ten Strategies for a Successful Presidential Transition & Presidency

This fall, when classes resume at colleges and universities across America, first-year and transfer students will be joined by hundreds of new faculty members, department chairs and deans, presidents and chancellors.

UNCF Spearheading Groundbreaking HBCUv Initiative Through Collective Genius in Black Pedagogy and Higher Education

UNCF Spearheading Groundbreaking HBCUv Initiative Through Collective Genius in Black Pedagogy and Higher Education

Our innovations will signal a shift from online classrooms to online learning experiences, not just for our own institutions, but for higher education as a whole.

Institutional Site Visit: Voorhees University

Institutional Site Visit: Voorhees University

Date: January 19, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM

Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for campus leaders to discuss significant accomplishments and/or challenges.

There’s a powerful narrative about what it means to be Black embedded in the evolution of Black colleges and universities.

UNCF President/CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax
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ICB Structure

Vision, Narrative, Champion

Strategy Development

  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to develop an understanding and appreciation of ICB’s mission, vision and strategic priorities.
  • Supports the dissemination of learnings from ICB programs, partnerships and communities of practice.
  • Pursues strategies and innovations that hold promise for Black colleges and universities and the future of Black higher education.
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Institutional Engagement, Planning, Delivery

Transformation Support

  • Provides comprehensive pro-trusive (proactive + intrusive) institutional engagement.
  • Uses the ACT Framework, our emotional intelligence approach, to operate with authenticity, compassion and transparency, while expecting the same from all stakeholders.
  • Executes continuous improvement through the AEIOU Framework: Articulate the problem. Equip the resolution owner. Improve the process. Observe the solution. Universalize the solve.
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Leadership, Governance, Accreditation

Executive Leadership

  • Supports presidents/chancellors and their governing boards to advance institutional missions.
  • Engages institutional leaders in a joint process of development, reflection, assessment and improvement.
  • Advances the belief that transformational change in higher education institutions is only possible when executive leaders are aligned, informed and interconnected to other institutional leaders engaged in the pursuit of similar missions and goals.
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Resources, Business Models, Financial Systems

Financial Sustainability

  • Aligns financial planning and strategy to institutional and student success priorities.
  • Identifies and develops KPIs to evaluate the institution’s financial health and support accreditation. 
  • Promotes thought leadership, professional development and sharing through a community of practice for CFOs and other fiscal officers.
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Innovation, Technology, Virtual Learning

Digital Solutions

  • Leads the development of HBCUv, a shared online learning platform for community learning where students, educators and staff are enabled to learn, develop and flourish together, from anywhere.
  • Develops tailored and culturally relevant opportunities that equip, sustain and promote technology adoption.
  • Ensures institutions are positioned to leverage and shape the future of digital learning and innovation. 
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Data, Information, Continuous Improvement

Knowledge Management

  • Strengthens the capabilities and decision-making capacity of institutions through the development and sharing of actionable data and information.
  • Improves data literacy and systems among institutions to promote proficiency and data-informed cultures.
  • Amplifies knowledge and information that uplift the legacy, impact and potential of Black colleges and universities.
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HBCUv: Shaping the online future of Black higher education

UNCF is designing, with nine partnering HBCUs, an online platform for lifelong learners to flourish together and celebrate Black excellence—from anywhere.

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WE ASPIRE TO SERVE OUR NATION’S BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: 102 HBCUs and 64 PBIs

Through our shared learning practices, we strive to influence all higher education institutionsespecially those serving significant numbers of Black and other marginalized students.

Our Network

OUTSIZED Impact of HBCUs

The 102 HBCUs across 19 states (plus DC and the Virgin Islands) represent only 3% of all colleges and
universities, yet among all Black college students, they account for:
9%
of All Enrollees
15%
of All Bachelor’s Degrees
19%
of All STEM Degrees
80%
of All Black Judges, Doctors and Dentists
Dorothy-Vaughan
IF NOT FOR BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES…

One small step could have been too big a leap.

When Apollo 11 touched down in the Sea of Tranquility that July night in 1969, it was made possible by the invaluable calculations of NASA mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan (Wilberforce University) and Katherine Johnson (West Virginia State University).

With your support, this legacy of shaping the future will continue.

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IF NOT FOR BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES…

The Civil Rights Movement wouldn’t have gone as far.

Many of the leading lights of the 1950s and 60s movement were HBCU graduates, including: Kwame Ture (Howard University), Medgar Evers (Alcorn State), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Morehouse College) and Rosa Parks (Alabama State).

With your support, this legacy of shaping the future will continue.

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Marian-Wright-Edelman
IF NOT FOR BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES…

Head Start would have been a non-starter.

Spelman College graduate Marian Wright Edelman founded the Children’s Defense Fund, which fought for key policies like the national Head Start program that has helped lift generations of kids out of poverty.

With your support, this legacy of shaping the future will continue.

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hero-about-landing
IF NOT FOR BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES…

There would be no rising Black middle class.

Within 10 years of graduation, HBCU diploma-holders typically earn more than $71,000 a year. Compared to peers who did not go to college, they will earn $1 million more over their lifetimes. Those HBCU students who are the first-in-family to graduate from college will not be the last, transforming families and entire communities.

With your support, this legacy of shaping the future will continue.

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