Decades-long data show a persistent and troubling trend in higher education: Black student enrollments in U.S. postsecondary education have been declining precipitously since 2011, particularly at community colleges.

This information is not new, but the nation’s response must be, says this report from HCM Strategists.

The report lays out four core commitment areas that state and federal policymakers, institutions and other educational organizations must consider to truly improve the postsecondary value proposition for Black learners. They are:

  • Real transparency and true affordability
  • Ensured success through shared ownership
  • Academic and social supports that create a sense of belonging
  • Learner-centered teaching practices for Black learners