Graduate degrees are critical to competitiveness in the ever-evolving global job market. Many HBCU’s are not equipped with degree programs and facilities that enable the attainment of the various master’s and doctoral degrees desired by their students. Additionally, socioeconomic status becomes a factor for many HBCU student’s as they struggle to obtain funding for graduate school.
Organizations such as the American Talent Initiative, College Advising Corps and College Point have built mechanisms for advisement of students interested in higher education and collaboration with premier institutions, but none of these groups offer an approach specifically targeted at promising HBCU students and the attainment of funding packages to pursue masters and doctoral degrees.
The establishment of a scholars program and a national HBCU clearinghouse operation that identifies and recruits prospective graduate students is needed. A student pipeline operation has been formed, piloted and successfully implemented over a 30 -year period to the benefit of hundreds of students at one HBCU in particular. Replication of the best practices of a student pipeline is in the best interest of all students with potential and promises to produce extraordinary results.