Atlanta HBCU's announce participation in $60 million collaboration to improve student outcomes

Morehouse College

Georgia’s historically Black colleges and universities are teaming up with HBCUs around the country to improve the social and economic outcomes for their students.

The partnership is backed by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the United Negro College Fund.

They hope to drive long-term progress among HBCU students with an initial investment of 60 million dollars from Blue Meridian Partners.

The Project aims to uplift the entire HBCU community by increasing enrollment, improving graduation rates, pursuing more public funding, strengthening economic development partnerships, and much more.

Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman Colleges are among the inaugural participants.

Dr. Michael L. Lomax has served since 2004 as president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness. (Photo Courtesy of UNCF)

“This impact is really to do this, it’s to invest in institutions which are doing the work with limited resources and give them more resources to do the things they think are important,” said Dr. Michael Lomax.  “To expand their impact, and to increase the economic mobility which they provide for their students.”

Doctor Michael Lomax is president of the UNCF, and Doctor Harry Williams heads the Thurgood Marshall fund.

Dr. Harry L. Williams serves as president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. (Photo courtesy of TMCF)

They joined Morning Edition to discuss how the program will work to establish best practices among the country’s HBCUs to improve socio-economic outcomes.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.