The Education Design Lab announces a three-year engagement with UNCF’s Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). African-American unemployment rates remain almost twice as high as unemployment rates for whites. From March 2017 to March 2018, black unemployment averaged 7.4 percent compared to 3.7 percent averagefor white Americans.

As a response to lopsided unemployment rates, the Eli Lilly Endowment funded UNCF to create a Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) to fund efforts at 24 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs) to strengthen institutional career placement outcomes. To support the understanding of employer needs and how they relate to the future of postsecondary education, Education Design Lab (The Lab) has been contracted by UNCF to work with subset of 14 Career Pathways Initiative institutions to hasten and strengthen implementation of their plans.

The Lab will work with the selected institutions in three different cohorts with distinct focuses:

Foundational Education cohort: approaches include curriculum re-design, identification of gateway courses, and first and second year experiences that pose barriers to progression for students.

●    Dillard University
●    Huston Tillotson University
●    Jarvis Christian College
●    LeMoyne Owen College
●    University of West Alabama
●    Xavier University of New Orleans