The Persisting Racial Gap in Degree Attainments

Last week JBHE reported that 4.2 million African Americans alive today hold a four-year college degree.

Despite the good news, the figures from the U.S. Census Bureau still show that blacks continue to have a huge distance to travel before they reach higher educational parity with white Americans. Overall, 31.8 percent of the non-Hispanic white population over the age of 25 holds a college degree compared to 18.5 percent of adult blacks. This percentage gap has remained steady in recent years.