Declining Number of Black Faculty at Rutgers University

Rutgers University, the flagship state university in New Jersey, is often rated as having one of the most diverse student bodies of any institution of higher education in the United States. Only a bare majority of the undergraduate student body at the 27,000-member New Brunswick campus are white. There are significant numbers of black, Hispanic, and Asian students on campus.

But over the past decade the number of blacks teaching at Rutgers has dropped by 26 percent. Latino faculty has dropped by 10 percent. During this time period the total number of faculty at Rutgers has increased by nearly 7 percent.

There are now 94 full-time black faculty members at Rutgers. They make up 3.5 percent of the full-time faculty. This is below the national average for black faculty at predominantly white institutions, which currently stands at about 4 percent.