Racial Gap

Oklahoma City Public Schools Agree to Address Racial Unbalance in School Discipline

Oklahoma City Public Schools Agree to Address Racial Unbalance in School Discipline

A U.S. Department of Education investigation found that Black students received in-school and out-of-school suspensions, were referred to law enforcement, and were arrested for school-related incidents at statistically significant higher rates compared to their enrollment in the district.

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Research conducted at Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis found that low-to-moderate income Black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their White counterparts.

Two Universities Team Up to Address Racial Health Disparities in Mississippi

Two Universities Team Up to Address Racial Health Disparities in Mississippi

Mississippi State University and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are teaming up to combat racial healthcare disparities in the state of Mississippi.

The Racial Gap in Reading and Mathematics Can Be Eliminated With Quality Pre-K Programs

The Racial Gap in Reading and Mathematics Can Be Eliminated With Quality Pre-K Programs

If the success of universal Pre-K programs in Oklahoma and Massachusetts was replicated nationwide, the gap in mathematical achievement for African American children would be reduced by 45 percent and the gap in reading achievement would be eliminated.

Racial Bias May Contribute to the Undertreatment of Pain for African Americans

Racial Bias May Contribute to the Undertreatment of Pain for African Americans

Past studies have demonstrated that Black patients tended to be undertreated for pain relative to White patients. A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia has found that this undertreatment may be caused, in part, by racial bias.

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida reports that Blacks are 47 percent of the football players in Division I but only 7.9 percent of the head football coaches.

New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

For 29-year-old African Americans with at least a four-year college degree, 28.7 percent were married in 2014. For 29-year-old Whites with a college degree, 49.3 percent were married in 2014.

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission. Some of the nation’s most selective institutions provided acceptance data broken down by race and ethnic group.

Black Heart Attack Patients Are More Likely to Be Diverted to Distant Emergency Rooms

Black Heart Attack Patients Are More Likely to Be Diverted to Distant Emergency Rooms

A new academic study finds that older African American patients who have heart emergencies are more likely than their White peers to have their ambulance diverted to a distant hospital due to overcrowding at the nearest hospital.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

More than one third, 36.2 percent, of adult non-Hispanic White Americans in 2015 had obtained a bachelor’s degree. For adult African Americans in 2015, 22.5 percent had earned a bachelor’s degree.

New Consortium Seeks to Boost College Graduation Rates of Minority Students

New Consortium Seeks to Boost College Graduation Rates of Minority Students

The Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy (OASIS) initiative will bring its 11 member institutions together to examine best practices for enhancing student success in areas such as student advising and counseling, as well as developmental coursework.

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

As expected, wealthier people of all races were less likely to be incarcerated than members of their racial group with lower levels of wealth. But at all levels of wealth, Blacks were more likely than Whites to spend time in jail.

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

The report finds that the typical African American household in Los Angeles has on average only about 1 percent of the average wealth of non-Hispanic White households. Many Asian American groups had an even higher average net worth than White households.

New Study Finds Wide Racial Disparities in Access to Government Child Care Programs

New Study Finds Wide Racial Disparities in Access to Government Child Care Programs

A new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington, D.C., finds that only 46 percent of eligible Black children participated in the Head Start preschool program. Nationwide, 21 percent of Black children eligible to be given government funded child care, actually are covered.

The Racial Gap in Women's Ability to Pay Off Their Student Loans

The Racial Gap in Women’s Ability to Pay Off Their Student Loans

For women who graduated from college in the 2007-08 academic year, Black women were able to pay off only 9 percent of their student loan debt by 2012. In contrast White women had paid off 37 percent of their student loan debt by 2012.

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Risk of Dementia

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Risk of Dementia

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and healthcare conglomerate Kaiser Permanente found that 38 percent of the Black population will likely develop dementia within 25 years after turning 65 years old.

The Racial Gap in the Selection of Students for Gifted Education Programs

The Racial Gap in the Selection of Students for Gifted Education Programs

A new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University finds that Black elementary school students are about half as likely as their White peers with similar standardized test scores to be assigned to gifted education classes. But when the gifted education teacher is Black, the racial gap disappears.

Study Finds Racial Gap in Salaries of Business School Graduates

Study Finds Racial Gap in Salaries of Business School Graduates

The data showed that Black and White graduates of business schools earned similar salaries in their first jobs after graduating from business school. But six to eight years after leaving business schools a significant racial gap had opened up.

The Large Racial Gap in High School Graduation Rates Is Slowly Eroding

The Large Racial Gap in High School Graduation Rates Is Slowly Eroding

The Black student high school graduation rate in 2013-14 was 72.5 percent. The good news is that since the 2010-11 academic year the Black-White gap in high school graduation rates has declined from 17 percentage points to 14.8 percentage points.

Study Finds a Huge Diversity Shortfall in Biomedical Research

Study Finds a Huge Diversity Shortfall in Biomedical Research

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco find that there has been little change in the number of clinical research studies that include subjects from underrepresented minority groups or in the race of scientists being funded with federal research grants.

New Report Shows the Failure of K-12 Schools in Preparing African Americans for College

New Report Shows the Failure of K-12 Schools in Preparing African Americans for College

A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation finds that nationwide only 15 percent of African American eighth graders were proficient in reading and 12 percent were proficient in mathematics.

Study Shows That Athletes Make Up Huge Percentages of Black Students at Many Universities

Study Shows That Athletes Make Up Huge Percentages of Black Students at Many Universities

In the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I schools, an African American man at a college or university is 13 times more likely to be on a football or basketball scholarship than a White man.

High Level of Homelessness and Hunger Among Black Students at Community Colleges

High Level of Homelessness and Hunger Among Black Students at Community Colleges

The study authored by scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan found that 31 percent of African American students – nearly one third of all African American students at community colleges – exhibited very low levels of food security. Some 18 percent were homeless.

Some Startling Statistics on the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States

Some Startling Statistics on the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States

Components of family wealth are commonly used to offset or pay college costs. In measurements of wealth, African Americans are at a major disadvantage. A new report presents some startling data on just how wide the racial wealth gap has become.

Combating Racial Disparities in Unintended Pregnancies

Combating Racial Disparities in Unintended Pregnancies

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has documented characteristics of women who are likely to have unintended pregnancies allowing policy makers to tailor interventions to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies among particular populations.

Tulane University Study Finds a Racial Gap in Student Use of Salad Bars

Tulane University Study Finds a Racial Gap in Student Use of Salad Bars

A survey of public schools, conducted by researchers in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University, found that 60 percent of all students visited salad bars in the cafeterias. But White students were twice as likely as Black students to use salad bars.

New Evidence of the Dangers of Lead Exposure for African American Children

New Evidence of the Dangers of Lead Exposure for African American Children

Black children were nearly three times more likely than White children to have very high lead levels in their blood. Studies have shown a correlation between lead exposure and sleep problems, lower academic test scores, and behavioral and neurological disorders.

The Racial Gap in Advancement Placement Test Scores

The Racial Gap in Advancement Placement Test Scores

The average score on Advanced Placement examinations for African American students in 2015 was 2.05. On the AP scoring system of 5 to 1, a score of 2 is equivalent to a grade of D in a college-level course.

Black Enrollments at the University of Michigan Inch Higher

Black Enrollments at the University of Michigan Inch Higher

African American students make up 5.1 percent of the entering first-year class this fall. But in order for racial parity with the state’s population to prevail, the number of Black students in the entering class at the would have to nearly triple.

A Check-Up on the Racial Gap in Medical School Applications and Enrollments

A Check-Up on the Racial Gap in Medical School Applications and Enrollments

In 2015, the number of Black applicants to U.S. medical schools was up a whopping 16.8 percent from 2014. Blacks were 7.6 percent of all medical school matriculants in 2015. This was up from 6.9 percent in 2014.

University Study Finds U.S. Urban Schools Aren't Measuring Up

University Study Finds U.S. Urban Schools Aren’t Measuring Up

The University of Washington study found that there has been little or no academic progress in these largely minority urban schools. In 30 of the 50 cities, less than 15 percent of the students in the urban public schools took either the ACT or SAT college entrance examination.

Demographics of Students in a Particular School Can Impact the Racial Achievement Gap

Demographics of Students in a Particular School Can Impact the Racial Achievement Gap

A new report from the Department of Education finds that Black students, particularly Black males, did poorer academically in schools with a high percentage of Black students. The overall Black-White achievement gap was higher in schools with a large percentage of Black students.

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

A new study, authored by researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, finds that both Black and White students at public schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers have the impression that discipline is more fair than at schools with a low number of Black faculty.

Yale Students Debut Website Aimed at Ending Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Yale Students Debut Website Aimed at Ending Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Student interns at the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design at Yale University have developed SpokenMed, an information healthcare website aimed at members of minority groups who are often ignored by traditional health resources.

Mixed-Race Couples Tend to Live in Neighborhoods With Higher Poverty Than White Couples

Mixed-Race Couples Tend to Live in Neighborhoods With Higher Poverty Than White Couples

Ryan Gabriel, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Washington, has found that mixed-race couples with one Black partner live in neighborhoods with an average poverty level of 21 percent, compared with average rates of just 9 percent for White couples.

Report Documents Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline in Southern States

Report Documents Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline in Southern States

A new study by researchers at University of Pennsylvania found that in one recent academic year, 1.2 million Black students nationwide were suspended from public K-12 schools. Some 55 percent of those suspensions occurred in 13 southern states.