Our Mission

To support social mobility by strengthening mission-focused colleges and universities that primarily serve low-income, first generation, and under-resourced students and families.

We are dedicated to the following principles as we carry out our mission:

  • Our resources and investments align with students’ future success in evident and measurable ways.
  • We must acknowledge and uphold the capacity of minority serving institutions, including HBCUs, to lead equity efforts.
  • Transformation requires solutions that are sustainable, scalable, and broadly adoptable.
Who We Are

Improving equitable access to educational opportunity by investing in institutions that drive social mobility

Founded in 2018 by James Runcie, CEO of Ed Advancement and former COO of Federal Student Aid (FSA) and Tony James, chairman of Jefferson River Capital and the former Executive Vice Chairman of The Blackstone Group, Ed Advancement is a non-profit that provides scalable, sustainable, operations-, and technology-focused solutions to HBCUs to help them serve their students and meet their strategic goals.

University Partners

To find out more about how Ed Advancement supports mission-driven colleges and universities, or to inquire about working with us, contact us.