About CPI

The UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), funded by Lilly Endowment, is a $50 million investment over a seven-year period,that helps four-year HBCUs and PBIs strengthen institutional career placement outcomes with the goal of increasing the number of graduates who immediately transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields.

The HBCU Consortium

Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, and Tennessee State University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create an HBCU Consortium on Transformative Teaching Practices for 21st Century Career Pathways. This groundbreaking and purposeful inter-institutional consortium will be centered on faculty development.

This MOU will create a groundbreaking HBCU inter-institutional consortium centered on faculty development for 21st Century Career Pathways.  The C3 institutions are uniquely positioned to collaborate because of the following commonalities:

  • Geographically located in urban regions
  • Developed connection to growing industries including healthcare, financial services, cybersecurity, engineering, and a variety of helping professions (e.g., education; social work)
  • Academic profiles of students
  • Strong alumni base

Meet the C3 Cluster Partners

These three state institutions, known as the C3 Cluster, serve approximately 20,000 students and are uniquely positioned to collaborate on work that will have a direct impact on over 1,000 faculty members among the three campuses.

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible.

Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public, urban, four-year, coeducational, comprehensive university located in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk State University was founded in 1935. The University, brought to life in the midst of the Great Depression, provided a setting in which the youth of the region could give expression to their hopes and aspirations.  The University has five academic colleges/schools and 32 undergraduate, 15 graduate, and 3 doctoral  degree programs that operate on one campus and today enrolls 5,421students.  Norfolk State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees

With more than 8,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 bachelor’s degree programs, 25 master’s degree programs and seven doctoral degrees. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012.

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