The Black Colleges Have the Nation’s Most Racially Diverse Faculties

At the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities, blacks usually make up less than 5 percent of the total full-time faculty. In contrast, the nation’s historically black colleges have the most racially diverse faculties of any of America’s colleges or universities. In 2005, according to Department of Education figures, blacks were 58.9 percent of all faculty at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Whites made up 23.8 percent of all faculty members at these schools, and 17 percent of the faculty were either of other races or did not identify their race.
From 1997 to 2005, the white percentage of the total faculty at the black colleges has declined from 27.1 percent to 23.8 percent.