Research & Studies

Why Do African Americans Avoid Engineering Degree Programs?

Why Do African Americans Avoid Engineering Degree Programs?

Although African Americans may be academically well-prepared for an engineering curriculum various factors may contribute to the feeling of “not fitting in” or a “lack of belonging.” A new study seeks to identify factors that produce such concerns and to recommend ways to eliminate them.

Addressing the Lack of Racial Diversity in Environmental Science

Addressing the Lack of Racial Diversity in Environmental Science

Environmental and earth sciences have among the largest racial shortfalls in faculty positions in higher education. Minorities make up only 11 percent of the total faculty in environmental sciences.

Strategies for Increasing the Number of Black Students in STEM Fields

Strategies for Increasing the Number of Black Students in STEM Fields

Andrew C. Campbell, a professor of biology at Brown University, took 50 minority students from 15 different colleges and universities on a retreat and asked them for ideas to address the shortfall of Black and other minority students in STEM disciplines.

Center for African American Research and Policy Examines "Intersectionality"

Center for African American Research and Policy Examines “Intersectionality”

The Journal of Progressive Policy & Practice, recently released a special issue on intersectionality titled, “Informing Higher Education Policy & Practice Through Intersectionality.”

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2012-13 academic year there were 2,132 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is up nearly 13 percent from the the 2011-12 academic year.

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.

Rising Black Student Graduation Rates at Flagship State Universities

Rising Black Student Graduation Rates at Flagship State Universities

Among the flagship state universities a decade ago, only the University of Virginia had a Black student graduation higher than 70 percent. Now there are 13 flagship state universities at which the Black student graduation rate is 70 percent or higher.

Tracking U.S. College Students Who Study Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tracking U.S. College Students Who Study Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 289,000 American students studied at foreign institutions of higher education during the 2012-13 academic year. Of all U.S. students studying abroad, 13,411, or 4.6 percent, attended universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Racial Gap in Home Computer Ownership and High-Speed Internet Access

The Racial Gap in Home Computer Ownership and High-Speed Internet Access

The data shows that 66.3 percent of African America households have a desktop or laptop computer. More than 81 percent of White households have a desktop or laptop computer.

Tracking Black Student Graduation Rates at HBCUs

Tracking Black Student Graduation Rates at HBCUs

At half the HBCUs in our survey, the Black student graduation rate is 34 percent or lower. There are seven HBCUs in our survey where less than one in five entering Black students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.

Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2013-14 academic year, there were 31,113 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They made up 3.5 percent of the 886,052 foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities.

Why Discrimination Persists in the "Post-Racial Society"

Why Discrimination Persists in the “Post-Racial Society”

The authors of the report from the Perception Institute conclude that although many people are not outwardly racist, they continue to harbor racist stereotypes that impact their behavior.

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.

Study Finds Community College Helps Minority Students on the Road to a Bachelor's Degree

Study Finds Community College Helps Minority Students on the Road to a Bachelor’s Degree

The authors found that for disadvantaged students, who represent the majority of community college-goers, enrolling at a community college has a modest positive effect on their likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree.

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.

African Americans Still Significantly Underrepresented at U.S. Medical Schools

African Americans Still Significantly Underrepresented at U.S. Medical Schools

In 2014, African Americans were 8.1 percent of all applicants to U.S. medical schools. Blacks were 6.9 percent of the students who matriculated at U.S. medical schools in 2014.

Study Finds Poor Communication Between African American Mothers and Daughters on HIV/AIDS

Study Finds Poor Communication Between African American Mothers and Daughters on HIV/AIDS

African Americans account for 57 percent of new HIV/AIDS cases among women. But a focus group study found that many African American mothers and their daughters do not talk about the issue.

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 Unmet Need for Afterschool Programs Among African Americans

Survey Finds Large Unmet Need for Afterschool Programs Among African Americans

A new survey conducted for the Afterschool Alliance finds that 2.4 million African American children participate in formal afterschool programs but another 4.5 million would participate if safe afterschool programs were available in their communities.

A New Study Shows the Moderating Role of Religiosity on Black Suicides

A New Study Shows the Moderating Role of Religiosity on Black Suicides

A new study led by Rheeda Walker, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston, finds that religion may be a major factor in explaining the lower suicide rate among African Americans.

University Research Finds Black Parents Benefit When Their Children Are in Head Start

University Research Finds Black Parents Benefit When Their Children Are in Head Start

A new study by researchers at Northwestern University shows that the parents of children who participate in Head Start had higher levels of educational attainment by the time their children were age 6. The effect was particularly significant for African American parents.

Academic Study Finds Political Animosity Now Exceeds Racial Hostility

Academic Study Finds Political Animosity Now Exceeds Racial Hostility

Hostile feelings for people of the other political party now exceed racial biases and dislikes, according to a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University and Princeton University.

Blacks at For-Profit Colleges: Poor Outcomes and Large Amounts of Debt

Blacks at For-Profit Colleges: Poor Outcomes and Large Amounts of Debt

Blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of students at for-profit schools and only 20 percent complete their degree programs. Many take on large amounts of debt that they can’t easily repay.

Study Calls for Anti-Poverty Programs Focused on the Very Young

Study Calls for Anti-Poverty Programs Focused on the Very Young

A new report from the Center for American Progress recommends that in order to best deal with issues of economic inequality, the United States should refocus social policy on programs for infants and toddlers.

Study Finds Declining Support for Diversity Among Whites Who Are Informed of Demographic Trends

Study Finds Declining Support for Diversity Among Whites Who Are Informed of Demographic Trends

A study by psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds declining support for multiculturalism and diversity among Whites who were informed that they will no longer be a majority of the population by 2050.

The African-Born U.S. Population Is a Highly Educated Group

The African-Born U.S. Population Is a Highly Educated Group

A new Census Bureau study finds that more than 40 percent of the African-born U.S. population has graduated from a four-year college, compared to 28 percent of the total foreign-born population, and 29 percent of the entire U.S. adult population.

A Holistic Admission Process Produces Better Results for Health Profession Schools

A Holistic Admission Process Produces Better Results for Health Profession Schools

A holistic admissions process that takes into account more than an applicant’s grades and test scores, achieves an entering class that is more diverse and in most cases there is no change in measures of academic quality, student academic performance, or student retention.

University Study Links Racial Discrimination to Mental Health Problems

University Study Links Racial Discrimination to Mental Health Problems

The study found that African Americans and Caribbean-born Blacks who experience discrimination in the United States are at a substantially higher risk for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other mental disorders.

Study Questions Effectiveness of Online Science Courses for African Americans

Study Questions Effectiveness of Online Science Courses for African Americans

A new study led by researchers at Clemson University finds that African American students enrolled in traditional on-campus classroom courses in the sciences had greater academic success than Black students enrolled in online courses in the sciences.

The Importance of HBCUs in Producing Black Doctorates in STEM Fields

The Importance of HBCUs in Producing Black Doctorates in STEM Fields

More than one third of African Americans who hold a Ph.D. in a STEM field earned their undergraduate degree at a historically Black college of university.

University of Wyoming Project Seeks to Map Racial Prejudice in the United States

University of Wyoming Project Seeks to Map Racial Prejudice in the United States

A group of graduate students in psychology at the University of Wyoming hopes to construct a map which shows where prejudice is most prevalent. They are trying to raise money online to finance their research.

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.

A Check on the Status of Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

A Check on the Status of Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

The Council on Graduate Schools reports that 40,584 African Americans enrolled in graduate programs for the first time in the fall of 2013. Of these, 69 percent were women.

New Report Offers Strategies for Increasing Internationalization Efforts at HBCUs

New Report Offers Strategies for Increasing Internationalization Efforts at HBCUs

Over an 18-month period, the American Council on Education worked closely with seven HBCUs to conduct a review and analysis of their current internationalization efforts and to develop a strategic plan for enhancing those efforts.

Study Finds That Racial Gap in College Completion Rates Is Attributable to Pre-College Factors

Study Finds That Racial Gap in College Completion Rates Is Attributable to Pre-College Factors

The results found that college graduation rates are largely determined by what happened before college — such as family resources, academic preparation and community context — and that the key non-college factors may well differ for communities of color.