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Black + Brown Report
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) represent a small percentage of all institutions in the U.S. but educate a large portion of all black and Latino students, many of whom are low-income and first-generation college attendees.  Given the population growth of these students overall, both HSIs and HBCUs are in a distinct position to help move the country's college completion agenda forward.  Showing the commonalities between these two groups of institutions can be beneficial in raising policy awareness about Latino and black students and the institutions serving them.


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Lower Costs, Higher Returns, UNCF HBCUs in a High-Priced College Environment
While research consistently shows the earning power of college degrees, those returns are best weighed against the cost of attending post-secondary institutions, HBCUs included. FDPRI released an updated report by Dr. David Richards showing that UNCF's member institutions cost on average 26 percent less than comparable institutions in the 2012-2013 academic year. UNCF's member institutions remain an affordable, private post-secondary option.

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10,000 Scholarships, 400 Programs (2012-2013)
Each year UNCF awards well over 10,000 scholarships, fellowships and internships under 400 programs.  These programs are supported through investments – by corporations, foundations, families and individuals – in the futures of the students who receive the scholarships, fellowships and internships.  This is biennial report by FDPRI (10,000 Scholarships, 400 Programs, The UNCF 2012-2013 Scholarship Profile by Dr. Janet Awokoya) is an accounting of the programs.

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Understanding HBCU Retention and Completion: UNCF-Member Institution Supplement
This supplement to our 2012 report on HBCU retention and graduation rates narrows that report's focus to UNCF's member institutions, and shows that these private HBCUs retain and graduate students at rates competitive with other postsecondary institutions. These schools perform especially well at the graduation of Black and African American students, a population central to their historical mission and essential to the nation's global competitiveness.


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Building Better Futures: The Value of a UNCF Investment
This report documents the impact of UNCF's scholarships by analyzing the effect of award dollars on African American scholarship recipients' likelihood of graduating. The study confirms that students who receive UNCF scholarship dollars are more likely to be retained for their second year and later graduate at higher rates than the national profile of African American college students.

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Serving Students and the Public Good: HBCUs and the Washington Monthly's College Rankings: 2012 Supplement
This report documents the impact of UNCF's scholarships by analyzing the effect of award dollars on African American scholarship recipients' likelihood of graduating. The study confirms that students who receive UNCF scholarship dollars are more likely to be retained for their second year and later graduate at higher rates than the national profile of African American college students.

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10,000 Scholarships, 400 Programs: 2010-2011
This edition of our program services scholarship profile provides an update for the 2010-2011 academic year, with academic, financial, and demographic data on UNCF scholars.

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Done to Us, Not With Us: African American Parent Perceptions of K-12 Education
This new publication explores how low-income African American parents view the K-12 education system and their role in supporting their children.

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Understanding HBCU Retention and Completion
This report illustrates that when the impact of student level factors (academic preparedness and socioeconomic status) is taken into account, HBCUs often do a better job of retaining and graduating students than other institutions that enroll similar populations.
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Serving Students and the Public Good: HBCUs and the Washington Monthly's College Rankings
Using the Washington Monthly's College Rankings as source data, this report demonstrates the contributions of HBCUs to the social mobility of disadvantaged students by disproportionately helping them earn college degrees.
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Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Vital Resource for a Diverse and Competitive American Workforce
This report examines the need for a more educated workforce as both technology and globalization continue to influence our economy.

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10,000 Scholarships, 400 Programs
Currently, UNCF manages approximately 400 programs that provide scholarships, internships, academic support and mentoring to students across the country.

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African American Children and Mental Health
Former Executive Director of FDPRI and colleagues release an edited two-volume set that examines forces affecting development and achievement motivation in African American children.

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Early Childhood Education in Rural Communities: Access and Quality Issues
This Monograph focuses on the current status of early childhood education in rural communities. Authors were invited to discuss contemporary issues that face rural communities as they seek creative ways to implement recommendations to make quality early childhood education more accessible to families given the importance of the early years.

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Students Speak! - Understanding the Value of HBCUs From Student Perspectives
This Monograph focuses on the current status of early childhood education in rural communities. Authors were invited to discuss contemporary issues that face rural communities as they seek creative ways to implement recommendations to make quality early childhood education more accessible to families given the importance of the early years.

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Fact Sheet - The Economy Needs Minority College Graduates HBCUs Can Produce Them 
This fact sheet highlights the critical role HBCUs play in producing a diverse pipeline of trained workers to contribute to the global economy.

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Affordability of UNCF Member Institutions 2006-2008
Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), this statistical brief compares the total charges of UNCF's 39 member institutions with comparable institutions for two years. The report finds that total charges for the comparable colleges and universities are outpacing UNCF member institutions.

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