Federal HBCU Competitiveness Strategy
White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) is excited to unveil the first Federal HBCU Competitiveness Strategy.
To successfully implement Executive Order 13779, The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Initiative and federal agency partners convened to explore how the federal sector can best expand the overall impact of HBCUs on the principal missions of agencies. This resulted in the first Federal HBCU Competitiveness Strategy (Strategy) to build the internal federal scaffolding required to safeguard HBCU success for years to come and to continuously strengthen their role in delivering on agency goals and objectives.
This Strategy fortifies the Initiative’s resolve to evolve the federal government from a collection of disparate efforts serving HBCUs to a cohesive and comprehensive government-wide plan that will improve conditions for HBCUs to compete for federal investments. Moreover, beyond guiding federal focus, actions, and investments, this Strategy serves as a valuable “North Star” for nonfederal, state, local, and private sector engagement on the national goal to support HBCU competitiveness.
Importantly, this Strategy establishes the foundation, i.e., the floor, not the ceiling, of federal HBCU leadership.
It is our honor to present this Strategy to HBCUs and to federal and nonfederal public and private partners.
Statements of Federal Agency Priorities
In accordance with Presidential Executive Order 13779, federal agencies are required to prepare annual plans describing efforts to strengthen the capacity and competitiveness of historically black colleges and universities, creating more favorable conditions under which they compete for federal and private sector opportunities. In furtherance of these objectives, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities requested these Statements of Federal Agency Priorities, setting forth areas of opportunity for FY19 in connection with implementation of the executive order. In keeping with the requirement to yearly submit updated annual plans, federal agencies also will continue to build upon these priorities, providing annual updated statements.
These statements of priorities inform areas of focus and emphasis, providing historically black colleges and universities and the private sector with useful information to target their outreach to and engagement with federal agencies.
Annual Reports to the President
Results of Participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Federal Programs:
- 2007 — Transition Ongoing [PDF, 1.37M] | MS Word (497K)
- 2008– HBCU Annual Report
- 2009– HBCU Annual Report
- 2010– HBCU Annual Report
- 2011– HBCU Annual Report
- 2012– HBCU Annual Report
- 2013– HBCU Annual Report
- 2019– HBCU Annual Report
Studies on HBCUs
Department Releases Economic Impact Study: The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) defined the economic impact of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1976 to 2001: In September 2004, NCES released the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1976 to 2001, a report that presents a quarter-century of Historically Black Colleges and Universities trends.
A new series out of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is designed to expand federal support of HBCU research, programs, and outreach through competitive grants and contracts. Check out the following entries: