Expanding opportunities in America’s cities

U.S. Department of Education

Washington, D.C.



The department promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The secretary of education oversees the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a federal program established in 1980 to strengthen and expand the capacity of minority-serving institutions to provide quality education. This addition to a grant originally made in 2011 and revised by our Education team supported the 2012 National HBCU Conference.