Research & Studies

Research Finds That the Racial Earnings Gap for Men Has Returned to 1950s Level

Research Finds That the Racial Earnings Gap for Men Has Returned to 1950s Level

The authors explain that the changing economy has been difficult for all workers with less than a high school education but has been particularly devastating for Black men. They found that in 1960, 19 percent of Black men were not working. By 2014, 35 percent of Black men were not employed.

Latest Data on African American Degree Awards From U.S. Colleges and Universities

Latest Data on African American Degree Awards From U.S. Colleges and Universities

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that in the 2014-15 academic year African Americans earned 340,946 degrees and certificates from four-year institutions. They made up 10.5 percent of all individuals who were given degrees or certificates from four-year institutions.

A Sharp Drop in the Number of Americans Studying Abroad in Africa

A Sharp Drop in the Number of Americans Studying Abroad in Africa

According to new data from the Institute of International Education, the number of Americans studying abroad in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2014-15 academic year declined by nearly 20 percent from the previous year. In West Africa the decline was 67.6 percent.

Do Racial Stereotypes Impact Teachers' Communication With Parents?

Do Racial Stereotypes Impact Teachers’ Communication With Parents?

A new study by a scholar at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University finds that many teachers communicate differently with parents depending on the race and immigrant status of their students.

Racial Differences in Mobility Rates in the United States by Educational Attainment

Racial Differences in Mobility Rates in the United States by Educational Attainment

The racial gap in moving rates is significantly higher for those with lower levels of education. For Blacks and Whites with graduate or professional degrees, the difference is moving rates is only slightly higher for African Americans.

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2015-16

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2015-16

The Institute for International Education reports that in the 2015-16 academic year, there were 35,364 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States.

Are People Racist Against Places They Believe Are Associated With Blacks?

Are People Racist Against Places They Believe Are Associated With Blacks?

A new study by researchers at Stanford University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that while people may treat African Americans with racial bias, they are also likely to devalue and demean places associated with African Americans.

Academic Study Finds Possible Racial Bias by Mental Health Professionals

Academic Study Finds Possible Racial Bias by Mental Health Professionals

When a caller used the name Allison, she was invited to talk to the practitioner 63 percent of the time. When the name Lakisha was used by the same caller, she got through to the mental health professional 51 percent of the time.

A Healthy Increase in Black Students at U.S. Medical Schools

A Healthy Increase in Black Students at U.S. Medical Schools

This year 21,020 students entered medical school for the first time. Of these, 1,771 identified themselves as Black or African American. This is an increase of nearly 27 percent from three years ago. In 2016, Blacks made up 8.4 percent of new entrants to U.S. medical schools.

New Study Finds Racial Segregation Is Firmly Established in the Nation's Preschools

New Study Finds Racial Segregation Is Firmly Established in the Nation’s Preschools

More than one fifth of all White preschoolers attend schools that are all White or nearly all White. A majority of Black and Hispanic students attend preschools where more than half of the students are from their own racial or ethnic group.

Explaining the Lack of Black Head Coaches in College Football

Explaining the Lack of Black Head Coaches in College Football

While there might be some merit to the theory of systematic racism in NCAA head coaching hires, other factors also come into play and have a major impact on why there are not more Black head coaches in college football.

The Racial Gap in High School Dropout Rates and Completion Rates

The Racial Gap in High School Dropout Rates and Completion Rates

The data shows that in 2013, 9 percent of all African Americans ages 16 to 24 were not enrolled in schools and did not have a high graduation credential. For Whites, the figure was 4.7 percent. The racial gap is much larger when we compare those who completed high school in the traditional four-year timeframe.

Does Race Cloud Teachers Decisions on Student Assignments to Special Education?

Does Race Cloud Teachers Decisions on Student Assignments to Special Education?

A new study by Rachel Fish, an assistant professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, finds that race is a major factor in whether teachers recommend students for either gifted education programs or special education programs.

University Study Finds a Rise in "Global Neighborhoods" in U.S. Urban Areas

University Study Finds a Rise in “Global Neighborhoods” in U.S. Urban Areas

A study by researchers at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater finds large numbers of urban areas with a very diverse populations. But they also found a major increase in the number of what they call “all minority” neighborhoods.

The Huge Racial Gap in Debt for College Graduates

The Huge Racial Gap in Debt for College Graduates

Four years after they graduate from college, Black students have an average debt load that is $25,000 more than White students who had graduated from college four years earlier. And the amount of debt held by African American college graduates, when adjusted for inflation, has increased sixfold in the past 15 years.

New Report Examines Racial Differences in Computer Science Education

New Report Examines Racial Differences in Computer Science Education

Among the findings of a a new report from Google is the fact that only 47 percent of Black students nationwide attend schools that have courses in computer science, compared to 58 percent of White students.

Analysis Finds That Students of All Races Prefer Teachers of Color

Analysis Finds That Students of All Races Prefer Teachers of Color

A new study by researchers at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University finds that middle and high school students of all races have a more favorable opinion of Black and Latino teachers than they do of White teachers.

Study Finds Low Black Student Enrollments at Top-Tier Public Universities

Study Finds Low Black Student Enrollments at Top-Tier Public Universities

The study found that just 9 percent of all Black students enrolled in higher education nationwide attended high-ranking, state-operated research universities. For Whites the figure was 19 percent.

Higher Education Does Little to Shrink the Racial Gap in Earnings

Higher Education Does Little to Shrink the Racial Gap in Earnings

The data from the Economic Policy Institute shows that there is an hourly racial wage gap of about $3.75 for Black and White workers with a high school diploma but no further education. But for those with a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree, there is a racial wage gap of more than $6 an hour.

New Study Finds a Strong Link Between Lead in the Environment and Lower Test Scores

New Study Finds a Strong Link Between Lead in the Environment and Lower Test Scores

A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economics Research finds that children’s exposure to lead in their environment can have a significant effect on their tests scores. Many Black children from low-income families live in older housing where lead-based paint was used.

Remedial Education Is a "Black Hole From Which Many African Americans Won't Emerge"

Remedial Education Is a “Black Hole From Which Many African Americans Won’t Emerge”

A significant percentage of the students who have to take these remedial education classes are African Americans. Some 56 percent of all African American college students enroll in some type of remedial education course compared to 35 percent of White students.

Study Examines Causes of the Lack of Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession

Study Examines Causes of the Lack of Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession

Blacks are only 7 percent of the students admitted to the nation’s law schools. They are only 4.3 percent of the associates and 2 percent of the partners at U.S. law firms. A new study finds that increased mobility in the legal labor market coupled with less access to leadership networks by Black attorneys is a factor.

Study Finds Army Vets Are More Comfortable With Racial Residential Integration Than Non-Vets

Study Finds Army Vets Are More Comfortable With Racial Residential Integration Than Non-Vets

A new study by sociologists at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Connecticut finds that soldiers’ experiences with racial integration in the military result in veterans being more willing to live in racially integrated neighborhoods once they return to civilian life.

Study Examines Whether African Students at Western Universities Return to Africa

Study Examines Whether African Students at Western Universities Return to Africa

The return rate to Africa has been declining. In the 1970s, 65 percent of the African scholars who earned degrees at Western universities returned to Africa. Since 2010 the rate is only 40 percent.

New Federal Data on Pell Grant Participation and Median Income of Recipients

New Federal Data on Pell Grant Participation and Median Income of Recipients

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new report on participation in the Pell Grant program. The need-based program provides up to $5,815 annually in federal funds for college students.

Northwestern University Report Examines the Black Student Experience on Campus

Northwestern University Report Examines the Black Student Experience on Campus

A new report issued by the Black Student Experience Taskforce at Northwestern University presents a detailed look at the status of African American students at the university.

Scholars Identify Diversity in the English Language Used Online by Different Ethnic Groups

Scholars Identify Diversity in the English Language Used Online by Different Ethnic Groups

The goal of the study was to identify online language usage by African Americans so that search engines like Google will be better able to serve a more diverse population of users.

Study Finds a False Promise of Trade School Education for Low-Income Black Youth

Study Finds a False Promise of Trade School Education for Low-Income Black Youth

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University at Buffalo finds that Black students who enroll at for-profit trade schools often wind up more in debt and with fewer job prospects than their peers who enrolled at two-year or four-year nonprofit educational institutions.

Among High School Seniors Illicit Drug Use Is Lower for Blacks Than for Whites

Among High School Seniors Illicit Drug Use Is Lower for Blacks Than for Whites

A new report from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan finds that illicit drug use is more prevalent among White students who are about to enter college than it is among African American students who are about to enter their college years.

University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

The University of Southern California study found that of the 100 top-grossing films in 2015, people of color were 26 percent of all the actors who held speaking roles. Seventeen of the 100 top-grossing films had no Black characters whatsoever. Only three of the 100 top-grossing films had a woman of color in a leading role.

Black-Owned Firms Remain Only a Tiny Slice of the American Economic Pie

Black-Owned Firms Remain Only a Tiny Slice of the American Economic Pie

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2014 there were 108,473 Black-owned firms with paid employees, making up just 11 percent of all firms designated by the Census Bureau as minority-owned. Black-owned firms made up just 2 percent of all businesses with paid employees.

Study Finds That School Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies Do More Harm Than Good

Study Finds That School Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies Do More Harm Than Good

A new study by F. Chris Curran, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, finds that zero-tolerance public school disciplinary policies may produce racial disparities in school suspensions and expulsions which could hinder the academic success rates of African American students.

Tracking the Status of African Americans at Vanderbilt University

Tracking the Status of African Americans at Vanderbilt University

Blacks make up 8 percent of the undergraduates and 5 percent of the graduate students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. But Blacks make up just 3 percent of the tenure-track faculty at the university.

University of Georgia Study Examines Blacks' Reluctance to Seek Treatment for Depression

University of Georgia Study Examines Blacks’ Reluctance to Seek Treatment for Depression

A new study led by Rosalyn Denise Campbell, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, finds that the stigma of mental illness in the African American community has a major dragging effect on the rate of Black Americans who seek treatment for depression.

Georgetown University Examines Its Ties to the Slave Trade

Georgetown University Examines Its Ties to the Slave Trade

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., announced that a memorial to slaves who were sold by the university in 1838 would be built on campus. Also preferential treatment in university admissions will be given to the descendants of the university’s former slaves.

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students' Access to College

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students’ Access to College

Interviews with African Americans in rural high schools found that students overwhelmingly felt that they had encouragement and support to go to college, yet didn’t have access to academically rigorous classes or enough one-on-one time with a counselor to get help with the college admission process.