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HBCU vs. PBI: What's the difference?

I've come across both terms 'HBCU' and 'PBI' and I'm a bit confused about what distinguishes one from the other. Could someone clarify the main differences between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)?

7 months ago

HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities, are institutions that were established prior to 1964 specifically to serve the African American community.

On the other hand, PBIs or Predominantly Black Institutions are colleges and universities where at least 40% of the student population is African American, and at least 50% of the students are low-income or first-generation college students.

The distinction primarily lies in the historical foundation and the demographic makeup of the student body. HBCUs have a rich history and were founded at a time when African American students had limited access to higher education. Now, they continue to offer a supportive environment and play a vital role in empowering the African American community. PBIs, while they do have a significant African American population, haven't been designated based on their historical establishment but rather based on current student demographics.

Both types of institutions offer unique environments and opportunities for students!

7 months ago

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