A new study by the Center for American Progress estimates that if educational gaps were closed and incomes rose to coincide with the educational gains, the gross domestic product would grow by $2.3 trillion by the year 2050.
The provost’s office has allocated $1,170,000 to the faculty diversification effort during the current fiscal year. And the Office of the President has allocated $800,000 over the next three years for the effort.
A decade ago, only five of the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities had Black graduation rates of 90 percent or more, compared to 15 today. In addition, many of these top schools have narrowed the racial graduation rate gap.
At the nation’s largest universities, the Black student graduation rate of 45 percent is 21 percentage points lower than the graduation rate for White students. This gap has existed for decades and shows no sign of improvement.
According to the Gallup survey, only 22 percent of Black students who graduated college in the 2000-to-2014 period did so without any student loan debt. Half of all Black students who earned their degree in the period had student loan debt of more than $25,000.
In 2013, the median income level for Black households was 59 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 40 years.
Only 57 percent of faculty of color said that they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the jobs. Nearly one fifth of all faculty of color said they were “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied.”
According to the 2014 scores on the ACT college entrance examination, only one in 20 Black students were rated college-ready in all four areas: English, reading, mathematics and science. Whites were nearly seven times as likely as Blacks to be college ready in all four areas.
The study followed a large, multiracial group of eighth graders in 1988 through the year 2000 when most of the participants were 25 years old. When educational and other factors were the same, a racial wage gap of more than $5,700 still existed.
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida reports that the overall grade for racial hiring practices at colleges and universities rose from 81 points in 2012 to 82.3 points in 2013.
Blacks are underrepresented in the top management levels of admissions offices at U.S. colleges and universities. And a new survey finds that a large percentage of current Black admissions officers want to find jobs in other fields.
Researchers at Rice University in Houston and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, found that since the 1990s, African American homebuyers were 45 percent more likely than Whites to transition out of homeownership.
Aster Tecle, an assistant professor of social work, will co-lead The Perinatal Community Health Workers to Support African Refugee Women and Families that will train other African women to provide appropriate information, assistance, and prenatal care.
In 2005, Black earned 5.3 percent of all bachelor’s degree awarded in engineering. In 2012, Blacks earned only 4.2 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the discipline. Blacks did slightly better in graduate degrees in engineering.
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has selected 10 universities to participate in a program with the goal of increasing the number of Black and other minority men who teach in the nation’s public schools. Only 2 percent of public school teachers are Black males.
In an open letter to President Obama, a group of 1,000 women of color state that “the crisis facing young boys of color should not come at the expense of girls who live in the same households, suffer in the same schools, and endure the same struggles.”
A new study finds that emergency room physicians tended to misdiagnose stroke symptoms among African American patients more often than for White patients.
Many scholarship programs nationwide have minimum test score requirements that, while not discriminatory on their face, have the effect of disproportionately excluding large percentages of Black and other minority students.
In comparing Black and White families of similar income, wealth, educational background etc., the Bureau of Labor Statistics found there were almost no differences in the amounts spent on higher education.
Participation of African American students in Advanced Placement programs at U.S. high schools has soared in recent years. But a huge racial gap persists in performance on AP examinations.
The University of Houston has one of the more diverse student bodies of any college or university in the nation. But, the racial and ethnic makeup of its faculty does not approach that of its student body.
Some 19.8 percent of the African American high school sophomores in 2002 had gone on to earn at least a bachelor’s degree over the next decade. This is less than half the rate for Whites.
In December, 11.9 percent of African Americans were unemployed. This is double the White rate of 5.9 percent. This 2-to-1 Black unemployment rate compared to the rate for Whites has been constant for many decades.
Blacks who earned doctorates in 2012 had an average of $54,132 in debt from educational loans. Whites who earned doctorates had average educational debts of $25,992.
Due to lower metabolic rates, African American women who are overweight and are trying to lose weight must consumer fewer calories or exercise more than White women to lose the same amount weight.
In 2013, only 9.6 percent of African Americans in 12th grade reported smoking cigarettes in the 30 days prior to the survey compared to 19.4 of White high schools seniors.
For African Americans who earned doctoral degrees in 2012, the average number of years that they spent from the time they graduated from college to the time they earned their doctorate was 11.9 years. For Whites the figure is 9 years.
Some 21.2 percent of the African American population over 25 years now has at least a bachelor’s degree. For Whites the comparable figures is 34.5 percent.
In comparing transactions for similar homes in the same neighborhoods, the data shows that Blacks spent between 3 percent and 4 percent more than Whites.
Since the year 2000, the percentage of all faculty at Penn who were racial or ethnic minorities increased from 12.8 percent to 20.5 percent. But President Amy Gutmann says, “We still have more work to do.”
In 2012, African Americans earned 2,079 doctoral degrees. This was 6.3 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. In 2002, African Americans also earned 6.3 percent of all doctoral degrees.