How Predominantly Black Institutions Help Low-Income, First-Generation African American Students Succeed
Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) are not well understood in the higher education lexicon, despite serving a large number of students of color: namely, a large number of black or African American students.
When people think about colleges and universities that enroll large percentages of Black students, they often think of HBCUs, a group of institutions that initially came into being in 1837. The emergence of PBIs is in fact very recent, first recognized by Congress through the Predominantly Black Institution Act of 2007. As that law states, PBIs play an essential and often mission-driven role in providing postsecondary access and training to low- and middle-income black and other minority students.