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NSF launches centre to study Black colleges’ STEM successes


National Science Foundation allocates $9 million to replicate success of historically Black colleges and universities

The National Science Foundation has announced it will devote $9 million to establish a research centre to study how historically Black colleges and universities have been able to produce so many Black graduates in scientific, technical, engineering and medical fields, with the aim of replicating their successes.

“The knowledge generated by this centre will detail what practices make HBCUs successful in educating Black students in STEM, and the centre will place [these institutions] at the forefront of STEM education reform,” NSF programme officer Claudia Rankins said in the 19 August announcement.

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