Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Heather Horowitz, Ph.D.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created in the early 1800s during times of segregation and explicit racism. HBCUs continue to play a very key role in educating students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds but continue to focus on the development of Black students in the United States. Currently there are 101 HBCUs in 19 states and in Washington D.C. and the Caribbean. For my thematic concern, I will be tackling the concern of why being student success focused in enrollment management approaches are critical at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and how student success and support practices can combat low-enrollment, retention and degree completion with tools like high touch advising methods and intentional housing arrangements. When it comes to the intervention and implementation of my thematic concern, what research has shown to be most conducive, it campus wide buy in from a diverse committee to ensure success of any new policy or procedure. Enrollment practices cannot continue to be siloed and expect transformative changes to occur for student success.