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In 2024, CAEL was awarded a grant from Lumina Foundation as part of its 2021 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) initiative and its student success portfolio for four-year institutions.

Box 1

Goals of the project center on:

  • Supporting institutional sustainability
  • Supporting student success, particularly for adult students
CAEL’s work on this initiative in North Carolina will focus on addressing the mindsets, capabilities, and performance outcomes for the HBCU partners that can result in more equitable outcomes for adult learners in these institutions.

Box 2

CAEL's anticipated deliverables:

  • Holding a full-day adult learner summit
  • Implementing technical assistance and coaching for the selected institutions
  • Providing strategic communications to raise the visibility of this work
  • Publishing a final report on findings and lessons learned around building institutional capacity

Anticipated Outcomes

At the conclusion of the project, CAEL expects to capture and report advances in institutional capacity that can yield more equitable outcomes for students enrolled at the partner HBCU institutions in North Carolina.


Joining CAEL in the development of this work are these additional partners:

“CAEL is grateful to Lumina Foundation for its support of our work with the HBCU partners in North Carolina to expand equitable engagement and support of adult learners. We’re excited to leverage our expertise to deepen institutional capacity and help improve education and career outcomes for these students.”
Dr. Gloria Mwase

senior vice president, research, impact, learning, and development at CAEL

“The HBCU Adult Learner Initiative represents an important next step as we continue the work of helping our students better prepare for jobs in a variety of fields and industries. Our institutions are shifting mindsets around adult learners and renewing our commitment to supporting all students as they progress toward completion of their education and advancement in their careers.”
Dr. Farrah Ward

provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University

“Student success is at the heart of the programs we support. We are thrilled to collaborate with CAEL and North Carolina HBCUs to build the capabilities of these institutions to fill equity gaps to support adult learners and, by extension, the communities in which they can thrive."
Dr. Jasmine Haywood

strategy director for student success at Lumina Foundation

For more information about this initiative, contact Monique Tuset via email at mtuset@cael.org.