Research & Studies

Examining the Roots of Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Examining the Roots of Racial Disparities in School Discipline

New research led by scholars at the School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington shows that deep-seated racial biases contribute to widespread racial disparities in school discipline.

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.

Perceptions of People Referred to as "Black" Compared to "African American"

Perceptions of People Referred to as “Black” Compared to “African American”

A new study led by Erika V. Hall, an assistant professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, finds that people identified as “Black” are viewed more negatively than individuals referred to as “African American.”

Racial Differences in the Road to the Doctoral Degree

Racial Differences in the Road to the Doctoral Degree

For recent doctoral degree recipients, African Americans took longer than Whites to earn their doctoral degree. On average, Blacks tended to accumulate more debt and used their own resources to fund their doctoral studies more than Whites.

Fast Food Consumption May Negatively Impact Academic Performance

Fast Food Consumption May Negatively Impact Academic Performance

The relationship between fast food and academic success is of particular importance to African American families as previous studies have shown young Blacks consume fast food more often than young Whites.

University Study Examines How Racial Bias Seeps Into Jury Deliberations

University Study Examines How Racial Bias Seeps Into Jury Deliberations

A study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, Santa Cruz finds that White men tend to be the most influential figures in jury deliberations.

A Look at Current School Desegregation Orders in the United States

A Look at Current School Desegregation Orders in the United States

The ProPublica data shows that Mississippi continues to have more open desegregation orders with 61 school districts under court order or voluntary agreement with the Department of Education. Alabama ranks second and Georgia is third.

Ranking the HBCUs on the Debt Levels of Their Graduates

Ranking the HBCUs on the Debt Levels of Their Graduates

The average debt level of college graduates in 2013 was $28,400. But some HBCUs are among the schools where students have the lowest average debt and some are among the schools with the highest debt level for graduating students.

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.

Black Youth With Educated Parents May Be More Likely to Be at Risk for Depression

Black Youth With Educated Parents May Be More Likely to Be at Risk for Depression

Generally, a high degree of parental education has been found to reduce the risk for depression among youths. But this study finds that the general wisdom does not hold true for Black youth.

University Study Finds Significant Reductions in Racial Health Care Disparities

University Study Finds Significant Reductions in Racial Health Care Disparities

The study, by researchers at Brown and the University of Pittsburgh, examined 12 million acute care hospitalizations for patients who had a heart attack, heart failure, or suffered from pneumonia and compared treatments received by patients by race and ethnicity.

Doctoral Degree Awards by HBCUs in 2013

Doctoral Degree Awards by HBCUs in 2013

The report shows that 396 doctorates were awarded by historically Black colleges and universities in 2013. Howard University in Washington, D.C., led the HBCUs, granting 96 doctoral degrees in 2013.

Pew Research Center Study Shows a Widening Racial Wealth Gap

Pew Research Center Study Shows a Widening Racial Wealth Gap

A widening racial wealth gap impedes the ability of Black families to pay for the college education of their children and grandchildren. Since the Great Recession, the racial wealth gap has expanded significantly.

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

A new study by John Rury, a professor of education at the University of Kansas and Derrick Darby a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, finds that the educational prospects for African Americans improved dramatically immediately after three major wars.

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.