Report Finds a Surge in African-American College Enrollments in the South

A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board finds that blacks now make up 21 percent of all college students enrolled in 16 southern and border states. For the first time, the percentage of all college students in the region who are black exceeds the black percentage of the total population in these states. According to the report, blacks are 19 percent of the total population in these 16 states.

The study found that there are 1.1 million blacks enrolled in colleges and universities in the 16-state region. This is a whopping 52 percent increase from a decade ago.