Research & Studies

UCLA Study Questions the Strategy of Public Health Officials in Fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa

UCLA Study Questions the Strategy of Public Health Officials in Fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa

Public health officials in Africa have set a goal to diagnose 90 percent of the HIV cases and to treat 90 percent of those diagnosed by the year 2020. But an analysis by researchers at the Center for Biomedical Modeling at UCLA concludes that this strategy won’t work.

University of New Hampshire Study Finds Persisting Racial Gap in Child Poverty

University of New Hampshire Study Finds Persisting Racial Gap in Child Poverty

More than one third of all African American children continue to live in poverty. In 2015, 36.5 percent of all Black children lived in families below the poverty line. This is more than three times the rate for non-Hispanic White children.

The Percentage of Black Teachers in the Nation's Schools Shows a Significant Decline

The Percentage of Black Teachers in the Nation’s Schools Shows a Significant Decline

In 1987 there were 197,900 Black teachers employed by the nation’s elementary and secondary schools. By 2012, this number had grown to 247,900. But shockingly, the percentage of all teachers who were Black dropped from 7.5 percent to 6.4 percent.

African Americans Are More Reluctant Than Others to Take on Student Loan Debt

African Americans Are More Reluctant Than Others to Take on Student Loan Debt

The study, by researchers at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, found that Black students were 7 percent more likely than other students to not consider financial aid packages that had a student loan component.

University Study Finds That Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Be Bullied at Work

University Study Finds That Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Be Bullied at Work

The results of the study, led by researchers at Georgia State University in Atlanta, showed that about one of every five workers reported being subjected to workplace bullying, but that African Americans were bullied at a higher rate than Whites.

Study Finds Colleges Can Share the Blame for the Racial Gap in Graduation Rates

Study Finds Colleges Can Share the Blame for the Racial Gap in Graduation Rates

A new study by researchers at New York University, Florida State University, and Southern Methodist University finds that more than 60 percent of the racial gap in college completion rates may be attributed to factors that occur before college.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

More than one third, 37.3 percent, of non-Hispanic Whites over the age of 25, have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. For African American adults, 23.3 percent have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida recently released its annual report on racial equality in college athletics. The scorecard gave a grade of C+ for racial diversity in college’s sport programs.

Strong Racial Identity Can Help Adolescents Seek Out More Diverse Friendships

Strong Racial Identity Can Help Adolescents Seek Out More Diverse Friendships

A study by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona finds that middle school boys who are secure in their racial identity are more likely to seek out friends in other racial and ethnic groups. Not so for middle school girls.

White Families With Children Are Major Contributors to School Segregation

White Families With Children Are Major Contributors to School Segregation

A new study by sociologists at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles finds that White families with children tended to seek out neighborhoods where their children would attend public school that are predominantly White.

How Racial Bias Can Impact the Quality of Health Care Received by Black Men

How Racial Bias Can Impact the Quality of Health Care Received by Black Men

A study conducted at the School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia found that bias and fear of Black men by health care professionals tended to lead to lower quality of care for African American men.

How School Choice Is Increasing Racial Segregation in Public Education

How School Choice Is Increasing Racial Segregation in Public Education

In a study of 8,000 students who switched from public schools to charter schools, Black and Latino students tended to move to charter schools that were more racially isolated than the public schools they left.

University of Virginia Study Shows Black Students Thrive With Demanding Teachers

University of Virginia Study Shows Black Students Thrive With Demanding Teachers

Teachers who expect a lot of their students academically, lead a very well-organized classroom, and make students feel supported in their efforts are the ones that produce the most success from their African American students.

UNLV Study Finds That Motorists Are Less Likely to Yield to Black Pedestrians Than to Whites

UNLV Study Finds That Motorists Are Less Likely to Yield to Black Pedestrians Than to Whites

The results showed that 20.6 percent of motorists did not yield to the Black pedestrian in a crosswalk compared to 2.9 percent of the White pedestrians. The racial disparity was greater in a high-income neighborhood compared to a low-income neighborhood.

UCLA-Led Survey Examines Racial Differences in Public Policy Views

UCLA-Led Survey Examines Racial Differences in Public Policy Views

A major survey conducted after the 2016 election led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows widespread racial differences in public policy issues involving health care, climate change, federal spending, immigration, education, and other issues.

Study Finds a Bias in the Perception of the Size and Threat of Black Men

Study Finds a Bias in the Perception of the Size and Threat of Black Men

People have a tendency to perceive Black men as larger and more threatening than similarly sized White men, according to new research. This may explain why Black men are more likely to be shot by police, the study says.

An Ambitious Blueprint for Equity in Higher Education

An Ambitious Blueprint for Equity in Higher Education

The report from the organization Young Invincibles, makes a series of recommendations on revamping the Pell Grant system, making it easier to repay student loans, offering more child care services on campus, and stronger protections for students against for-profit educational institutions.

Study Finds Blacks Far More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Crimes

Study Finds Blacks Far More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Crimes

The National Registry of Exonerations examined the cases of 1,900 defendants who were convicted of crimes between 1989 and 2016 and later exonerated. They found that 47 percent of these exonerated defendants were African Americans.

Study Shows Racial Gap in Medical Honor Society Membership

Study Shows Racial Gap in Medical Honor Society Membership

A new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine finds that White medical school students were nearly six times as likely as Black students to be chosen as members of Alpha Omega Alpha.

University Study Finds School Discipline Policies Unfairly Impact Black Girls

University Study Finds School Discipline Policies Unfairly Impact Black Girls

The authors point out that Black girls have a higher rate of suspensions than girls from any other racial or ethnic group and have a higher rate of suspension than for boys, except for African Americans and American Indians.

Report Urges Continued Investment in Public Higher Education To Eliminate Racial Disparities

Report Urges Continued Investment in Public Higher Education To Eliminate Racial Disparities

In a new report, the Center for American Progress outlines persisting racial disparities in American education and calls for continued investment in the nation’s public schools in an effort to eliminate these disparities.

Blacks Make Up a Disproportionate Share of Enrollments at For-Profit Postsecondary Schools

Blacks Make Up a Disproportionate Share of Enrollments at For-Profit Postsecondary Schools

At two-year colleges and schools, Blacks are 16 percent of all students at two-year, state-operated community colleges. But Africans Americans are 22 percent of all students at two-year, for-profit colleges.

Doctoral Awards at HBCUs Decline Slightly in 2015

Doctoral Awards at HBCUs Decline Slightly in 2015

In 2015, 431 doctorates were awarded by historically Black colleges and universities. A year ago, the 448 doctorates awarded by HBCUs was the highest total since JBHE began tracking this statistic. This year there was a small 3.8 percent decline in doctorates awarded by HBCUs.

The Education Trust Examines the Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Education Trust Examines the Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The report identifies 18 universities where the Black graduation rate is either higher than the rate for White students or is only slight lower than the rate for White students. In contrast, the report identifies 21 universities where the graduation rate gap is very large.

The Racial Gap in Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The Racial Gap in Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A new report from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources finds that Blacks hold only 7 percent of all administrative posts in higher education. But Black and other minority administrators now earn at levels similar to their White counterparts.

Misbehavior and Negative Attitudes Do Not Explain the High Suspension Rates of Black Students

Misbehavior and Negative Attitudes Do Not Explain the High Suspension Rates of Black Students

The results of two studies found that, although some differences existed among races in certain types of misbehavior, these differences could not explain the disproportionalities in suspension rates.

Study Finds More Black Police May Not Prevent Police Shootings of African Americans

Study Finds More Black Police May Not Prevent Police Shootings of African Americans

A new study by researchers at Indiana University, finds that the hiring of more Black police officers will not reduce the number of Black citizens who are shot by police unless the percentage of Black officers on the force reaches 35 percent.

HBCU Participating in Major Research Project on Police Response to Minor Criminal Offenses

HBCU Participating in Major Research Project on Police Response to Minor Criminal Offenses

The six university partners – including historically Black North Carolina Central University – will be conducting research in their local communities on arrests and resolutions of criminal charges on offenses such as shoplifting, fraud, petty theft, forgery, and drug possession.

Black Students' Loss of Trust in Their Teachers May Lead to Lower College Enrollment

Black Students’ Loss of Trust in Their Teachers May Lead to Lower College Enrollment

A new study finds that middle school students of color who lose trust in their teachers due to a perception of mistreatment or unfairness are less likely to go to college, even if they achieved good grades and test scores that qualified them for college admission.

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2015

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2015

According to the National Science Foundation, in 2015, 2,330 doctorates were awarded in 23 academic disciplines. Not one was earned by an African American.

UCLA Report Examines Racial Segregation of Schools in the Nation's Capital

UCLA Report Examines Racial Segregation of Schools in the Nation’s Capital

From 1992 to 2013, the percentage of students in the public schools in Washington who were Black declined from 89 percent to 73 percent. But more than 88 percent of Black students in the District attend schools where at least 90 percent of all students are Black.

Racial Differences in Law School Scholarships and Debt Levels

Racial Differences in Law School Scholarships and Debt Levels

The 2015 Law School Survey of Student Engagement found that 61 percent of Black law school graduates and 40 percent of White law school graduate had accumulated more than $100,000 in student loan debt. White students were more likely than Black students to receive merit scholarships.

The Persisting Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Persisting Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The percentage of all doctoral degree recipients who are African Americans is increasing at only a snail’s pace. In 2005, Blacks were 6.2 percent of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who earned doctorates. In 2015 the figure was 6.5 percent.

Research Finds an Expanding Wealth Gap at Higher Levels of Education

Research Finds an Expanding Wealth Gap at Higher Levels of Education

The study, authored by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, finds that Black families with a head who has a graduate degree have average wealth that is only 85 percent of White families with a head who has only a bachelor’s degree.

Research Finds HIV Transmission Remains a Problem Among Older Blacks in Africa

Research Finds HIV Transmission Remains a Problem Among Older Blacks in Africa

The research examined the sexual behaviors of more than 5,000 adults over the age of 40 in rural South Africa. The study found that 23 percent of the older adults surveyed had HIV and half of these did not know they were infected.

The Racial Pay Gap on Corporate Boards of Directors

The Racial Pay Gap on Corporate Boards of Directors

On the boards of the largest companies that pay their directors at a higher rate, women and minorities are paid less than White men on these large company boards. The pay gap, as much as 9 percent, is due to the fact that women and minorities are less likely to hold leadership positions on these boards.