This article examines the contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in improving the achievement of Black students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. We couple recent descriptive statistics with an extensive review of the literature to elucidate the conditions and best practices, which exist at many HBCUs and characterize these institutions as models for majority institutions for the support of all Black and other racial minority students. We are pleased to present Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Leading Our Nation’s Effort to Improve the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Pipeline.
Marybeth Gasman is a professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania and also serves as the director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and Thai-Huy Nguyen is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a research assistant in the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.