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Three HBCU Researchers Awarded Grant for Equity-Focused Research on Adult Learners

The University of North Carolina system has awarded researchers from three historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) a $35,000 grant towards equity-focused digital opportunities for adult learners, Triad Business Journal reported.

Dr. Geleana Alston

The grant will fund “CURE-DEAL: A Tri-Institutional Collaboration for Equity-Focused Digital Engagement of Adult Learners” – now through June 2021 – and create a consortium of North Carolina’s five public HBCUs.

Dr. Geleana Alston – a leadership studies and adult education professor at N.C. A&T State University – is the lead investigator, with Dr. Tyechia Paul of Fayetteville State University and Dr. Erin Lynch of Winston-Salem State University as co-principal investigators.

“According to the 2019 Fall enrollment data from the five HBCUs within the UNC system, approximately 20 percent of undergraduate students were adult learners aged 25 or older,” Alston said.