Research & Studies

New Government Report Examines Spending Increases on Prisons vs. Education

New Government Report Examines Spending Increases on Prisons vs. Education

In seven states – Idaho, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia – per capita spending increases on prisons were five times the increases for education over the past 30 years.

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Researchers found a total of 71 peer-reviewed articles relating to racial discrimination and drinking, leaving little doubt that a significant correlation exists. But the authors found significant gaps in the research.

Black Scholar at the University of Nebraska Examines Family Hardship and Stress

Black Scholar at the University of Nebraska Examines Family Hardship and Stress

American families who face economic hardship or mental health issues when their children are young are highly likely to continue to struggle and have families that continue to live under a high level of stress.

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

During the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Florida graduated 109 students who applied to U.S. medical schools. This was 2.2 percent of all Black students who applied to medical schools in the United States. Nearly 14 percent of all graduates of Spelman College applied to medical school.

University of California Scientists Offer New Take on the Evolution of Skin Color

University of California Scientists Offer New Take on the Evolution of Skin Color

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, finds that darker skin is stronger than lighter skin and forms an important barrier against a host of environmental threats.

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

“Ban the Box” legislation prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants to check a box if they have criminal records. But a new university study finds that if employers don’t have information about criminal records, they are more likely to rely on their assumptions and racial biases.

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

More than 80 percent of Blacks who have attended college say that they personally have been discriminated against due to their race. Less than 60 percent of Blacks who have not enrolled in college say they personally have faced racial discrimination.

University of Houston Researcher Examines Death Ideation Among Black Children

University of Houston Researcher Examines Death Ideation Among Black Children

A new study led by Rheeda Walker, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston, finds that about one third of African American children had thoughts of death or dying. Death ideation can be a predictor of suicide.

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

The authors assembled a database of more than 10,000 state judges who hear about 90 percent of all court cases in the United States, according to the authors. They found that only seven states had a judiciary that mirrored the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s population.

Report Offers Guidance on Increasing Low-Income Students at Top-Ranked Colleges

Report Offers Guidance on Increasing Low-Income Students at Top-Ranked Colleges

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has released a new report on the barriers faced by low-income students in attending top-ranked colleges and universities. The report also offers recommendations on what can be done to increase enrollments of low-income students at these schools.

Historically Black University Conducts National Survey on College Affordability

Historically Black University Conducts National Survey on College Affordability

The Polling Center of the Institute of Government at historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi has released a new survey that finds that nearly half of all those who attended college had difficulty financing their higher education.

Research Focuses on Early Black Coal Miners in Appalachia

Research Focuses on Early Black Coal Miners in Appalachia

A new exhibit examining the lives of Black coal miners who migrated from the South to work in Appalachian mines in the early part of the twentieth century is now on display at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

New Government Report Documents Educational Inequality in the United States

New Government Report Documents Educational Inequality in the United States

The Civil Rights Data Collection survey includes data on student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity and opportunity for students.

Princeton University Study Suggests Racial Bias in Access to Mental Health Care

Princeton University Study Suggests Racial Bias in Access to Mental Health Care

The study found that 30 percent of all callers seeking to make an appointment with a mental health care provider received a return call to make an appointment. But Black men were called back only 13 percent of the time and Black women had their calls returned 21 percent of the time.

Research Finds Ways for Black Students to Ease the Transition to College

Research Finds Ways for Black Students to Ease the Transition to College

The study found that incoming students who are exposed to challenges that are common and improvable become more likely to get involved on campus, build relationships, and ultimately succeed at a higher rate.

Tracking the Progress of African Americans in Degree Attainments

Tracking the Progress of African Americans in Degree Attainments

In master’s degree awards, the gains for African Americans were the most impressive. The percentage of African Americans among all master’s degree recipients jumped from 9.0 percent in 1999-2000 to 12.5 percent in 2009-10.

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

The data shows a total of 3,614 faculty members at the university. Of these, 108, or 3 percent are Black. There are only two tenured Black faculty members in the life and natural sciences and three at the university’s medical school.

Research Project Seeks to Find Ways to Encourage Physical Activity Among African American Adults

Research Project Seeks to Find Ways to Encourage Physical Activity Among African American Adults

Pamela Bowen, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Alabama Birmingham, is about to launch a new research study on how to best address the low level of physical activity among older African Americans in the South.

University of Michigan Study Examines Children's Perception of Race

University of Michigan Study Examines Children’s Perception of Race

A new study by psychologists at the University of Michigan found that White preschool children perceived racial differences but did not have a strong understanding of the concept of race or ethnicity. In fact, many White preschool children believed that they could grow up to be a Black adult.

New Research on the Intra-America Slave Trade to Be Incorporated Into Online Database

New Research on the Intra-America Slave Trade to Be Incorporated Into Online Database

Research by Gregory O’Malley, an associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has found that as many as 25 percent of all slaves transported to the New World were later shipped to other ports in the Americas.

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment

A new academic study finds that African Americans are significantly more likely than non-Hispanic White Americans to diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental health problems. But African Americans are less likely than Whites to receive medication to treat the conditions.

Study Ranks Colleges Where Twitter Use Is the Most Derogatory Toward Blacks

Study Ranks Colleges Where Twitter Use Is the Most Derogatory Toward Blacks

Researchers at CollegeStats.org examined tweets on the social media platform Twitter made on or near the campuses of 1,537 colleges and universities. They found that the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences had the highest percentage of content derogatory toward Blacks.

How African American Parents Talk to Their Young Children About Race

How African American Parents Talk to Their Young Children About Race

A new study led by a researcher at New York University, finds that when African American parents talk to their children about racial issues, they tend to emphasize equal rights and opportunity rather than racism or discrimination.

Why Churches Remain the Most Racially Segregated Institutions in America

Why Churches Remain the Most Racially Segregated Institutions in America

A new study led by a sociologist at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has found that church congregations that make an effort to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of their membership tend to lose more members than they gain.

Federal Study Documents Increasing Segregation in K-12 Education

Federal Study Documents Increasing Segregation in K-12 Education

A new report from the U.S Government Accountability Office finds that the percentage of the nation’s K-12 public schools that have a large majority of low-income, Black or Hispanic students has grown significantly since the turn of the century.

New Data on Hate Crimes on College and University Campuses

New Data on Hate Crimes on College and University Campuses

In 2013, there were 781 hate crimes on college and university campuses that were reported to police and other law enforcement agencies. Race was the most common motivation in these hate crime incidents.

Black Children Are Far More Likely to Be Identified as Gifted If They Have a Black Teacher

Black Children Are Far More Likely to Be Identified as Gifted If They Have a Black Teacher

A new study finds that that African American children with a Black elementary school teacher were three times as likely to be identified for gifted education programs than African American children with a White elementary school teacher.

New Report Examines Teacher Diversity in U.S. Schools

New Report Examines Teacher Diversity in U.S. Schools

The percentage of African Americans in the elementary and secondary school teacher force actually declined from the 1987-88 school year to the 2011-12 school year at a time when the nation’s schools became increasingly populated by students of color.

Racial Differences in School Safety and Discipline

Racial Differences in School Safety and Discipline

Clearly, schools where students feel safe, are not bullied, and are not subjected daily to intimidation, violence, and drugs are schools that will be more conducive to learning and preparing students for college.

Using Technology to Shrink the Literacy Gap

Using Technology to Shrink the Literacy Gap

A new study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and Georgia State University, finds that tablet computers loaded with literary applications and issued to students in low-income areas can produce dramatic results without any instruction whatsoever.

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.

A Teacher Intervention Program Can Help to Reduce School Suspensions

A Teacher Intervention Program Can Help to Reduce School Suspensions

Black students are suspended and expelled from our nation’s public schools at a rate three times greater than White students. But a Stanford University study finds that an intervention program for teachers can significantly reduce school suspensions.

Black Women College Students and the Stigma of HIV

Black Women College Students and the Stigma of HIV

Researchers at North Carolina State University and Pennsylvania State University found that African American women college students were reluctant to use online sites related to HIV prevention in fear that they would leave an electronic trail so that their peers would think they had HIV.

New Reports Shows Progress in African American College Enrollments and Degree Attainments

New Reports Shows Progress in African American College Enrollments and Degree Attainments

The report from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the University of Pennsylvania show no relative progress in degree attainments for lower income groups. But African Americans have made gains in college enrollments and degrees earned.

Is Tuition at Private Black Colleges Too Low?

Is Tuition at Private Black Colleges Too Low?

Two economists from Morehouse College in Atlanta argue that higher tuition for those that can afford it would provide more financial aid for those who can’t afford it.

University Study Urges Parents and Teachers to Address Racial Issues With Young Children

University Study Urges Parents and Teachers to Address Racial Issues With Young Children

The School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh has issued a new report detailing the importance of parents and teachers talking about race and racial issues with young children.