Strategic Initiatives

Howard University seeks to provide an exceptional educational experience and develop strategies with corporate partners, government agencies, and organizations to support initiatives that embrace Howard University's unique mission and provide unique initiatives that enhances Howard's overall education programs.

HPS Investment Partners Center for Financial Excellence

The mission of the HPS Center for Financial Excellence in the School of Business is to provide
business students and faculty with advanced resources, access to practical knowledge and skills,
and real-world environments for analyzing and resolving financial issues. The Center’s major
goals are 1) the preparation and placement of highly capable students in rewarding finance
careers, thereby enhancing diversity in financial services; and 2) the creation of an environment
that is practical and relevant for all stakeholders by focusing on strategies and outcomes that
provide a distinctive learning experience for students. The Center and its programs, activities
and operations will be funded by a $10 million gift from HPS Investment Partners. The HPS
sponsorship will enable the Center to create a unique platform for experiential learning that will
provide cutting-edge financial tools and deliver high-impact programs that provide a bridge
between the classroom and practical experiences which are key to successful careers in finance.

Center for Music and Entertainment Business

The Warner Music Group has provided a gift of $5 million in funding to establish an
interdisciplinary center in the School of Business that will focus on preparing undergraduate and
graduate students to become professionals within the music and entertainment industries. The
proposed center will provide a unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive strategy to
address the dearth of African American professionals in leadership positions, and build a
sustainable pipeline model for the future. This partnership between Howard University and the
Warner Music Group in the form of an academic center will engage with students in three
pipelines: 1) a formal fellowship program that directly prepares a select group of students for
career opportunities 2) campus exposure to key areas of the business via an Executive in
Residence program, and 3) general campus programming for the entire student population.

Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership

The Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences. As
the premier HBCU, establishing a center focused on women and gender at Howard University.
The Center will contribute to meeting the goals of the Howard Forward Plan related to
academic excellence, service to the community, and inspiration of new knowledge. A $1 million
seed donation from Howard University Trustee Mr. Jim Murren and his wife, Heather Hay
Murren, has enabled the establishment of the proposed Center. The Provost and Chief Academic
Officer and the President will vet and approve programming, administrative, and fiscal
requirements for the center.

Opening Ceremony for The Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership

 

Center for Digital Marketing

Hubsport, Sprout, VM Ware, and Amazon have committed $1,150,000 to support Howard University’s School
of Business in the development and management of a new Center for Digital Business. The Center will be an
educational center that serves as the forum for an expansive set of academic, experiential and professional
programming with a goal of impacting digital business globally through applying best practices in marketing,
sales, data management, and technology. The Center for Digital Business at Howard University will encompass
academic and extracurricular programming, job readiness, and will create a physical space. The initial center
proposal focuses on the consumer experience.

Center for Applied Data Science and Analytics

The Center for Applied Data Science and Analytics will coordinate and facilitate interdisciplinary
programs in data science and data analytics; collaborate with other institutes and centers on the campus;
expand and coordinate research funding; and develop research and educational linkages that will include
internship and placement programs with sponsoring corporations and government agencies.

Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy

The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy at Howard University will be committed to
building a community of HBCU and HBCU-allied researchers whose scholarship informs higher
education leadership, policy, and practice.

The Center’s goals include:

1. Conducting, sponsoring, and disseminating interdisciplinary empirical studies focused on
generating findings of particular significance to HBCUs;

2. Developing policy position papers, based upon the conduct of empirical studies, that would help
frame a supportive narrative regarding HBCUs, and acknowledge the instrumental work being
done by the HBCU educational sector;

3. Creating formal collaborative initiatives among institutions based on shared priorities, strategic
goals, and commitment to the success of HBCUs;

4. Offering revenue-generating credit and non-credit leadership development programs to current
and aspirant HBCU administrators and faculty; and

5. Providing expert consultation to HBCUs in critical areas (i.e., accreditation, fundraising, student
success, academic planning, enrollment management, etc.)

Howard University  PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship

The Howard University PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship will serve as a national hub for HBCUs to enhance instruction and provide real-world learning opportunities for students across the campus and provide opportunities for faculty to engage in interdisciplinary scholarly research.  In addition, the National Center will be a significant resource not only to the universities, but also the community in innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and regional technological and economic development. A major focus for the National Center and its regional HBCU partners is to engage the black business community in growing their enterprises, thereby having a positive impact on the community and increasing employment and wealth for the black community. The National Center will operate under the auspices of the School of Business and the Office of the Dean.