Racial Gap

How Racial Disparities in Health Care Have Impacted U.S. Elections

How Racial Disparities in Health Care Have Impacted U.S. Elections

A new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan shows that if Black-White mortality rates were the same many election results would have changed to favor the Democratic candidate.

New Study Finds No Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Chemistry

New Study Finds No Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Chemistry

African Americans make up just 1 percent of the chemistry professors at the 50 U.S. colleges that have the largest budgets for chemical research. Thirty of these 50 schools have no Black chemistry faculty.

Northwestern University Study Finds Patient Portals May Widen Racial Health Disparities

Northwestern University Study Finds Patient Portals May Widen Racial Health Disparities

The study found that individuals with lower levels of education were less likely than their more educated peers to use these portals. African Americans were 2.5 times less likely than Whites to access these online tools.

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Amassing critical numbers of underrepresented students is important, but achieving enrollment targets does little to improve the problems in the campus culture that affect students and contribute to their failure to complete degree programs.

New Study on the Marriage Prospects of Educated Black Women

New Study on the Marriage Prospects of Educated Black Women

New research from the Brookings Institution shows that only 8 percent of Black women in 2012 married a man with a higher level of education. Nearly 60 percent of Black women who married in 2012 wed a man with a lower level of education.

Among Recent High School Graduates, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Enroll in College

Among Recent High School Graduates, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Enroll in College

Nearly 71 percent of 2014 Black high school graduates had enrolled in college by October compared to 67.3 percent of Whites. For those new high school graduates in college, the Black unemployment rate was nearly triple the White rate.

Stanford Study Examines the Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Stanford Study Examines the Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in School Discipline

In controlled experiments, the researchers found that the stereotype of black students as “troublemakers” led teachers to want to discipline Black students more harshly than White students.

No Progress in Increasing Underrepresented Minority Faculty at Stanford University

No Progress in Increasing Underrepresented Minority Faculty at Stanford University

The number of Black, Latino, and American Indian faculty at Stanford grew from 108 in 2014 to 130 in 2014 but due to overall growth in the number of faculty, the percentage of underrepresented minority faculty remained the same at 6.1 percent.

Unemployment Rates of African Americans by Bachelor's Degree Field

Unemployment Rates of African Americans by Bachelor’s Degree Field

The percentage of African Americans with a bachelor’s degree who were unemployed in 2012 was 6.0 percent. Surprisingly, Blacks with bachelor’s degrees in computer science had a higher unemployment rate than college-educated African Americans generally.

The Large Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in STEM Fields

The Large Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in STEM Fields

In 2012, Blacks were a very small percentage of the overall graduate student population in many STEM disciplines. For example, there were only eight Black students nationwide enrolled in graduate programs in astronomy, about 0.6 percent of total enrollments in the field.

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Athletics

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Athletics

The scorecard, compiled by researchers at the University of Central Florida, gave a grade of C-plus to racial diversity in college’s sport programs, down from a grade of B-minus in 2013.

University of Wisconsin Documents a Lack of Racial Diversity in Children's Books

University of Wisconsin Documents a Lack of Racial Diversity in Children’s Books

In 2014, there were about 5,000 books published for children and teens. The survey found that 84 were written by African Americans and 180 were about African Americans.

Children Raised in Single-Parent Homes Are Less Likely to Complete College

Children Raised in Single-Parent Homes Are Less Likely to Complete College

For young adults who have reached the age of 24, those who grew up in single-parent homes were less likely to have obtained a bachelor’s degree than children raised in married-couple households. Income differences explain only one half of the gap.

Report Finds Black Students Like Mathematics More Than White Students

Report Finds Black Students Like Mathematics More Than White Students

A new report from the U.S. Department of Educations shows that Black men and Black women liked the study of mathematics in high school more so than their White peers.

Studying the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

Studying the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

The authors compared U.S. infant mortality rates to those in two European countries. They found that the reason infant mortality is lower in Europe is simply because these countries take better care of their low-income citizens than is the case in the United States.

Research Uncovers Racial Differences in Faculty Salaries at Berkeley

Research Uncovers Racial Differences in Faculty Salaries at Berkeley

While the percentage differences in faculty pay are small, the report states that “the average salary difference between White men and minority faculty members is equivalent to about 1 to 2 years of career experience.”

How the University of Maryland Has Boosted Black Male Retention and Graduation Rates

How the University of Maryland Has Boosted Black Male Retention and Graduation Rates

For Black male first-year students in the fall of 2013 at the University of Maryland at College Park who had a 2.3 grade point average or better, 100 percent returned for the spring semester.

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

The Center on Race and Social Problems at the School of Social Work of the University of Pittsburgh has issued a new report on racial disparities in the metropolitan region surrounding the university.

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

At none of the 15 highest-ranked law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent. Harvard Law School ranks first with Black enrollments of 8.7 percent.

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2013

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2013

According to the National Science Foundation, there were 18 academic fields where none of the doctorates awarded in 2013 went to an African American. More than 1,800 doctorates were awarded in these fields.

The Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2013, African Americans earned 6.4 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to U.S. students. Therefore, African Americans earned about one half the number of doctorates that would be the case if racial parity with the Black population prevailed.

Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade Funds Literacy Program at Marquette University

Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade Funds Literacy Program at Marquette University

Dwayne Wade, who played his college basketball at Marquette, has pledged to donate $195,000 over three years through his Wade’s World Foundation to support a program to reduce the racial literacy gap among inner-city children.

University Study Finds Link Between Sedentary Work and Obesity for Black Women

University Study Finds Link Between Sedentary Work and Obesity for Black Women

The research by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found no correlation for sedentary work and obesity in men and a far smaller correlation for White women.

New Study Examines Racial Disparity in Maternal Mortality

New Study Examines Racial Disparity in Maternal Mortality

The researchers stated that factors such as gestational age, fetal survival rate, duration of hospital stay, cesarean delivery rate, and lack of prenatal care contributed to the higher incidence of maternal mortality among Black mothers.

The Economic Price Tag of Racial Inequality

The Economic Price Tag of Racial Inequality

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.

University of Cincinnati Aims to Increase the Diversity of Its Faculty

University of Cincinnati Aims to Increase the Diversity of Its Faculty

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.

Major Progress in Black Student Graduation Rates at Top-Ranked Colleges and Universities

Major Progress in Black Student Graduation Rates at Top-Ranked Colleges and Universities

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.

The Persisting Racial Gap in College Student Graduation Rates

The Persisting Racial Gap in College Student Graduation Rates

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.

Survey Finds Large Racial Differences in Student Loan Debt

Survey Finds Large Racial Differences in Student Loan Debt

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.

The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

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.

Survey Shows Black Faculty at the University of Missouri Are Less Satisfied Than Their White Peers

Survey Shows Black Faculty at the University of Missouri Are Less Satisfied Than Their White Peers

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.”

New ACT Test Results Show Very Few Black Students Are Prepared for College

New ACT Test Results Show Very Few Black Students Are Prepared for College

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.

University of Cincinnati Sociologist Finds Racial Wage Gap Remains for Highly Educated Workers

University of Cincinnati Sociologist Finds Racial Wage Gap Remains for Highly Educated Workers

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.

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Sports

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Sports

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.

Maintaining Diversity in the Admissions Office Will Be a Challenge

Maintaining Diversity in the Admissions Office Will Be a Challenge

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.

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in the Transition Out of Homeownership

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in the Transition Out of Homeownership

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.