Dillard & HBCUs: Engines of Economic Mobility

Within the past 2 weeks there have been some interesting New York Times stories on education. The first indicated that 38 schools have more students from the top 1% of incomes than they do the entire bottom 60%. Yeah- that’s an editorial by itself. But the other shared information about a comprehensive study of decades of tax returns to determine a number of items, including which schools are engines of social and economic mobility. In other words, which schools can help students from lower socio-economic tiers and move them on up like the Jeffersons.

Above you can check out our data, as well as data for your school. But I want to highlight how well Dillard does in terms of overall mobility, defined as “This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at Dillard moved up two or more income quintiles.” Here are the facts:

Dillard ranks #29 out of the 2,137 institutions studied, so top 2%!

Dillard ranks #5 out of the 578 SELECTIVE private colleges. Top 1% even better!

Dillard ranks #1 out of 26 Louisiana schools. NUMBER ONE!

And while the categories did not include HBCUs, when going through the all colleges list, at #29 Dillard ranks NUMBER ONE for all HBCUs. Here are the HBCUs in the top 100:

29. Dillard
30. Grambling
36. Southern
38. ECSU
40. Jackson State
42. Lincoln PA
45. SUNO
53. SCSU
56. XU
57. PVAM
61. SAU
62. MVSU
64. Tuskegee
68. UAPB
73. WSSU
74. Cheyney
75. Albany State
78. Paine
83. Alabama A&M
87. Norfolk State
94. Stillman
99. UDC

HBCUs place 22 in the top 100 (roughly a quarter of our sector), more than community colleges with 14. Ivy leagues and selective elites? None. In fact, MIT does the best and comes in nationally at 1,288, not even in the top half.

Brookings noticed it too with a recent blog on the same data. They write “HBCUs are doing a better job than the average postsecondary institution, in terms of vaulting lowest-income kids into the top quintile as adults. Of those HBCUs that the researchers were able to collect data for, over 85 percent had a higher “mobility score” than the average across all institutions in the U.S.”

Not sure why people still question the value of HBCUs. New, robust data again make our point.

I just want folks in Louisiana to recognize what we’ve done at Dillard for decades.

The Prez

Written by

7th president of Dillard University

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