Racial Gap

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.

University of Utah Project to Provide Prenatal Care to African Refugees

University of Utah Project to Provide Prenatal Care to African Refugees

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.

Black Degree Attainments in Engineering: Long Way to Go to Reach Parity

Black Degree Attainments in Engineering: Long Way to Go to Reach Parity

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.

Ten Universities to Tackle the Problem of K-12 Teacher Diversity

Ten Universities to Tackle the Problem of K-12 Teacher Diversity

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.

A Call to President Obama to Include Girls of Color in "My Brother's Keeper" Programs

A Call to President Obama to Include Girls of Color in “My Brother’s Keeper” Programs

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.”

Two Scholars Take on the Mismatch Theory

Two Scholars Take on the Mismatch Theory

A new study refutes the theory that affirmative action is responsible for lowering graduation rates and post-graduation success for Black students admitted to universities with race-sensitive admissions policies.

Racial Disparity in Misdiagnoses of Stroke Patients

Racial Disparity in Misdiagnoses of Stroke Patients

A new study finds that emergency room physicians tended to misdiagnose stroke symptoms among African American patients more often than for White patients.

Will the Federal Government Challenge Merit-Based College Scholarship Programs?

Will the Federal Government Challenge Merit-Based College Scholarship Programs?

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.

Racial Differences in Higher Education Spending Have Little to Do With Race

Racial Differences in Higher Education Spending Have Little to Do With Race

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.

The Growing Racial Gap in Home Ownership

The Growing Racial Gap in Home Ownership

Many American families use the equity in their home to finance the higher education of their children or grandchildren. This source of higher education funding is less available to African Americans.

The Large Racial Gap in Advanced Placement Examination Scores

The Large Racial Gap in Advanced Placement Examination Scores

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.

An Examination of Faculty Diversity at the University of Houston

An Examination of Faculty Diversity at the University of Houston

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.

Racial Differences in Union Membership and Wages

Racial Differences in Union Membership and Wages

In 2013, there were 2,081,000 African American union members, some 13.6 percent of all African American workers. For union members, Blacks earned 80.9 percent of the wages earned by Whites.

Tracking the Educational Progress of 21st-Century African American Students

Tracking the Educational Progress of 21st-Century African American Students

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.

Unemployment Rate Drops, But the Racial Gap Persists

Unemployment Rate Drops, But the Racial Gap Persists

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.

The Digitial Divide Has Nothing to Do With Race

The Digitial Divide Has Nothing to Do With Race

A new study published by the Pew Research Center finds that the much publicized “digital divide” between Blacks and Whites is mostly due to economic factors rather than race.

The Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

At publicly operated colleges and universities, 39.7 percent of Blacks earned their bachelor’s degrees within six years from the same institution at which they enrolled in 2006 compared to 60.2 percent of Whites.

Racial Differences in Educational Debt Levels for Doctoral Students

Racial Differences in Educational Debt Levels for Doctoral Students

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.

Study Finds Racial Differences in Womens' Ability to Lose Weight

Study Finds Racial Differences in Womens’ Ability to Lose Weight

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.

The Racial Gap in Teenage Smoking Rates Has Declined But Blacks Still Smoke Less

The Racial Gap in Teenage Smoking Rates Has Declined But Blacks Still Smoke Less

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.

Racial Differences in Time Span to Earn a Doctoral Degree

Racial Differences in Time Span to Earn a Doctoral Degree

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.

More Than 5 Million Living African Americans Now Hold a Four-Year College Degree

More Than 5 Million Living African Americans Now Hold a Four-Year College Degree

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.

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prices Paid for Similar Homes

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prices Paid for Similar Homes

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.

The University of Pennsylvania's Major Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

The University of Pennsylvania’s Major Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

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.”

No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Doctoral Degrees

No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Doctoral Degrees

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.