Frequently Asked Questions

Who can partner with Ed Advancement?

Ed Advancement works collaboratively with a network of experienced partners who share a commitment to and success in getting more Black, first-generation, and low-income students to and through college. Our partners recognize the important work that HBCUs undertake to advance socioeconomic mobility for historically under-resourced students.

Why does Ed Advancement partner with HBCUs?

Despite mounting financial hardships, including steep declines in federal and state funding and the COVID-19 pandemic, HBCUs have remained committed to providing substantial support to low-income, first-generation students. In some cases, this prioritization has been a barrier to investments in core infrastructure and innovation. Ed Advancement fills this gap by providing expertise in project management, large-scale operations and risk management, along with the resources to realize comprehensive strategies.

Is there a cost for HBCUs to participate?

Made possible through generous philanthropic support, we provide our services free of charge and assume start-up costs associated with implementing new procedures. This may include implementation costs for software, systems, or other solutions. And because we know human resources can be limited on many campuses, our staff can also serve as project managers during the start-up phase, and only recommends strategies that are sustainable for the institution in the long term.

How is Ed Advancement funded?

Ed Advancement is supported by philanthropic foundations and individuals who share our commitment to improving access to higher education and supporting students through graduation. Like us, they value the critical role of HBCUs in providing equitable access to higher education and advancing socioeconomic mobility for historically underrepresented students and are committed to helping them identify and meet measurable enrollment and outcomes goals.

Why should donors support Ed Advancement?

Ed Advancement is committed to working with HBCUs to identify and meet aspirational yet achievable and measurable enrollment and outcomes goals. We provide direct expertise, large-scale strategies and start-up funds so that new procedures are sustainable for partner institutions in the long term and ensure a higher return on the initial investment. We also partner with institutions on accountability for these measurable outcomes based on best-in-industry practices.