Historically Black colleges and universities were created to provide Black students with an opportunity to make the most of higher education, and have been doing so for almost 200 years. Data show the benefits of an HBCU education continue to this day. New research from Strada and the Urban Institute Center on Education Data and Policy reveals that students at historically Black colleges and universities have more favorable experiences and post-completion outcomes than their peers at other institutions. Join Strada and HBCU leaders at 2 p.m. Eastern Feb. 16 to learn more about how Black students experience faculty mentorship, internships, and skill development at HBCUs. In addition to research insights, HBCU leaders will share their experiences providing supportive education to help their students thrive in their careers and communities.

Brief on Public Viewpoint

Public Viewpoint is Strada Education Network’s monthly release of timely research-based insights on key higher education and workforce issues. Drawing upon data from multiple national surveys representing the perspectives of more than 400,000 adults, the research informs education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways.


Sara Weissman,
Reporter, Inside Higher Ed


Dave Clayton,
Senior Vice President of Research, Strada Education Network


Tony Allen
President, Delaware State University

Marion Ross Fedrick
President, Albany State University

In the news from Strada

June 28, 2021
Examining the Value of Nondegree Credentials

The number of organizations offering nondegree credentials is proliferating, and interest from learners in these credentials — certificates, certifications, and licenses — is growing. But even though these credentials are now in the spotlight, we have relatively sparse data on outcomes. To provide more understanding, through a Strada-Gallup survey we asked more than 14,000 adults across the nation about earnings, job satisfaction, and perceptions about the worth and benefits of nondegree credentials. This month’s Strada Public Viewpoint release compares learner outcomes across degree, nondegree, and combined pathways. By examining programs of different lengths and the experiences of different populations, we aim to provide insights that inform our understanding of the value and potential limitations of nondegree credentials. Join Strada researchers and expert panelists at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 28, for a discussion about the findings and implications for the field. As part of the ongoing Strada Public Viewpoint research started in March 2020, Strada Education Network has talked to tens of thousands of people in the United States about their experiences with work and education during the pandemic. The research is intended to inform education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways.