Blacks Fuel Jump in Overall Graduate School Enrollments

A new report from the Graduate Record Examinations Board and the Council of Graduate Schools finds that over the 1996 to 2006 period there was a one percent average annual growth in graduate school enrollments. When the data is broken down by race, the statistics show that white enrollments in graduate programs were stagnant. But African Americans saw an average annual growth in enrollments of 4 percent during the period. Other minority groups also showed significant gains in graduate school enrollments.

Among the 680 colleges and universities participating in the survey, there were 155,230 African Americans enrolled in graduate programs. They made up 13 percent of all graduate students at these schools.