Blacks From Working-Class Families in Britain Are Far More Likely Than Working-Class Whites to Enroll in College

A study by the United Kingdom’s Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills finds that white men from working-class families are far less likely to enroll in higher education in Britain than black or Asian youths. The study found that 18 percent of young black males from working-class families entered college by age 19. For Asians in Britain, 25.4 percent had enrolled in higher education.

When gender differences are included, college enrollment rates between blacks and whites are even more pronounced. Most remarkably, the study found that white working-class men were more than eight times less likely to enroll in higher education than black women from working-class families.