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SAS HBCU+ Fellows Program

Supporting educators with resources for bringing analytics into the classroom

Applications are now closed for the 2024 HBCU+ Fellows Program! Finalists will be notified Nov. 22.  

The SAS HBCU+ Fellows Program supports educators at historically Black colleges and universities and predominantly Black institutions by helping integrate analytical tools into their academic programs.

Those who are selected for the HBCU+ Fellows Program receive customized curriculum planning and technical guidance, opportunities to network with technical experts and more. Fellows will participate in quarterly training and professional development events aimed at advancing their analytics skills and identifying resources for teaching data analytics in their disciplines.

The HBCU+ Fellows Program is part of SAS® Academic Programs.


  • Applicants must be faculty members teaching at an HBCU-affiliated institution or at a designated predominantly Black institution (PBI).
  • Faculty in STEM-related majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Current utilization of SAS in the classroom is not required to apply.
  • Knowledge of SAS is not necessary, but knowledge of analytical tools/software is preferred.
  • Members of historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Important dates

  • Aug. 28, 2023: Applications open.
  • Oct. 2, 2023: Applications close.
  • Nov. 22, 2023: Finalists are notified.
  • Feb. 6, 2024: 2024 HBCU+ Fellows Program begins.
  • Nov. 15, 2024: 2024 HBCU+ Fellows Program concludes.

Fellows will receive

  • Customized support for teaching and learning, including curriculum planning and technical guidance.
  • Quarterly opportunities to meet SAS experts at the forefront of analytics innovation, teaching and learning. Timing and details to be determined.
  • Hotel and travel (airfare, train or mileage) to an in-person meeting with your cohort.
  • A digital badge and plaque to recognize successful completion of the program.
  • Opportunities to mentor future cohorts of the SAS HBCU+ Fellows Program.
  • View detailed information in the terms and conditions.

Fellow responsibilities

Fellows will be expected to commit five to eight hours each quarter to:

  • Attend virtual meetings with SAS Academic Programs.
  • Work on the development of a syllabus that integrates SAS tools into a new or existing course in their department.
  • Refresh your analytical skills or work on the development of new skills.

Evaluation guidelines

All responses will be reviewed in full and evaluated based on interest in data analytics, feasibility of the proposed plan and projected impact on teaching.

Meet the 2023 HBCU Fellows

Minnette A. Bumpus
Gregory W. Ramsey
Pamela Queen
Joni Jackson
  • In every job and every field – from social work to English – analytics and data are somehow going to be pulled into it. Students need to be literate with data and comfortable with data, and they need to understand what are the opportunities that are out there for them. Gregory Ramsey Associate Professor Morgan State University
  • I really like the way the program is structured. That you have a lot of resources that are available for training, for faculty as well as for students. We meet with the cohort, so we really learn from them as well. Pamela Queen Professor Morgan State University
  • For faculty, it’s important in order to stay current and keep our curriculum up-to-date – I think this program will be most helpful. It’s a great opportunity to update your skills and not only engage your students, but also teach them skills that they’ll need going forward. Joni Jackson Associate Professor Chicago State University
  • One of my fears was my skill set not being up to date. I found out through the SAS HBCU+ Fellows Program that yes, I can catch up because there are so many resources out there, and the mentors that you have. I am able to catch up. Minnette Bumpus Associate Professor Bowie State University

    Interested in getting started with SAS today?

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