Contribution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Upward Mobility

Uses data from tax records to see where students from different income backgrounds go to college, and how they fare economically by the time they reach their 30s. HBCUs are doing a better job than the average postsecondary institution, in terms of vaulting lowest-income kids into the top quintile as adults. Of those HBCUs that the researchers were able to collect data for, over 85 percent had a higher “mobility score” than the average across all institutions in the U.S.

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