Research & Studies

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.

The Racial Gap in Reading and Mathematics Can Be Eliminated With Quality Pre-K Programs

The Racial Gap in Reading and Mathematics Can Be Eliminated With Quality Pre-K Programs

If the success of universal Pre-K programs in Oklahoma and Massachusetts was replicated nationwide, the gap in mathematical achievement for African American children would be reduced by 45 percent and the gap in reading achievement would be eliminated.

Racial Bias May Contribute to the Undertreatment of Pain for African Americans

Racial Bias May Contribute to the Undertreatment of Pain for African Americans

Past studies have demonstrated that Black patients tended to be undertreated for pain relative to White patients. A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia has found that this undertreatment may be caused, in part, by racial bias.

University Study Explores the Views of Ferguson Protestors

University Study Explores the Views of Ferguson Protestors

Jennifer E. Cobbina, an associate professor at Michigan State University, led a study which included a series of in-depth interviews with people who participated in protests following the shooting of Michael Brown by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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 (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida reports that Blacks are 47 percent of the football players in Division I but only 7.9 percent of the head football coaches.

Study Finds That HBCUs Are Charged Higher Fees to Issue Bonds

Study Finds That HBCUs Are Charged Higher Fees to Issue Bonds

A new study authored by researchers at four universities, finds that historically Black colleges and university pay a higher underwriting fee for debt issues than predominantly White institutions even when credit reporting agencies rate the debt issues as having similar risk.

New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

For 29-year-old African Americans with at least a four-year college degree, 28.7 percent were married in 2014. For 29-year-old Whites with a college degree, 49.3 percent were married in 2014.

The Racial Gap in Student Loan Debt Is Highest Among the Most Affluent Families

The Racial Gap in Student Loan Debt Is Highest Among the Most Affluent Families

According to a new study, on average, an African American college graduate has 68 percent more debt than a White college graduate. But the racial gap in student loan debt is highest among affluent Black and White families.

Building Trust Necessary to Encourage More Blacks to Participate in Genetics Research

Building Trust Necessary to Encourage More Blacks to Participate in Genetics Research

Professors Aaron Buseh and Sandra Millon-Underwood of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conducted a detailed, community-based study exploring perceptions and attitudes about genetic research among African-Americans and African immigrants.

Black Heart Attack Patients Are More Likely to Be Diverted to Distant Emergency Rooms

Black Heart Attack Patients Are More Likely to Be Diverted to Distant Emergency Rooms

A new academic study finds that older African American patients who have heart emergencies are more likely than their White peers to have their ambulance diverted to a distant hospital due to overcrowding at the nearest hospital.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

More than one third, 36.2 percent, of adult non-Hispanic White Americans in 2015 had obtained a bachelor’s degree. For adult African Americans in 2015, 22.5 percent had earned a bachelor’s degree.

Teachers' Racial Bias in Expectations for Black Students

Teachers’ Racial Bias in Expectations for Black Students

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and American University in Washington, D.C., finds that Black and White teachers tend to have different expectations for the same student.

Study Finds Minority Managers Who Hire Minorities Are Likely to Be Rated Less Competent

Study Finds Minority Managers Who Hire Minorities Are Likely to Be Rated Less Competent

The results of the study showed that minority managers were rated as less effective when they hired a minority applicant for the open position than minority managers who hired a White person for the post.

Graduation Rates on the Rise, But the Racial Gap Widens

Graduation Rates on the Rise, But the Racial Gap Widens

A study of 232 public colleges and universities with overall graduation rate increases found that the rate for White students at these schools improved 5.6 percentage points over the past decade. But Black student graduation rates increased by just 4.4 percentage points.

Northwestern Study Finds Racial Differences in Substance Abuse Among Delinquent Teenagers

Northwestern Study Finds Racial Differences in Substance Abuse Among Delinquent Teenagers

The study found that contrary to common societal stereotypes, African Americans were far less likely that Whites or Hispanics to develop substance abuse disorders relating cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and sedatives.

Study Shows "Resumé Whitening" Increases Chance of Employers Contacting Job Applicants

Study Shows “Resumé Whitening” Increases Chance of Employers Contacting Job Applicants

A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and Stanford University found that nearly one third of African American job applicants used the practice of “resumé whitening” to hide, at least to some degree, their ethnic identities.

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

As expected, wealthier people of all races were less likely to be incarcerated than members of their racial group with lower levels of wealth. But at all levels of wealth, Blacks were more likely than Whites to spend time in jail.

Academic Study Finds Racial Differences in Smoking Behavior

Academic Study Finds Racial Differences in Smoking Behavior

African American are less likely than Whites to begin smoking in their teen years when most people who smoke start their habits. But, Blacks are less likely than Whites to quit smoking once they get older.

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

The report finds that the typical African American household in Los Angeles has on average only about 1 percent of the average wealth of non-Hispanic White households. Many Asian American groups had an even higher average net worth than White households.

Survey Examines How College Presidents Are Dealing With the Racial Climate on Their Campuses

Survey Examines How College Presidents Are Dealing With the Racial Climate on Their Campuses

Nearly one half of all presidents at four-year colleges and universities who responded anonymously to the survey reported that there had been organized protests or events on diversity and inclusion at their campus.

The Residential Resegregation of Major Urban Areas in the United States

The Residential Resegregation of Major Urban Areas in the United States

A new study examines how neighborhoods in four large metropolitan area has changed since housing discrimination was outlawed during the civil rights era. The results show that more than a third of all neighborhoods have experienced “steady resegregation.”

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

This nationwide survey prepared by UCLA compares current first-year students in terms of characteristics such as family income, grades in high school, future goals, study habits, political views, and social activities.

University of Southern California Study Shows Extent of Black Invisibility in Entertainment

University of Southern California Study Shows Extent of Black Invisibility in Entertainment

The report examines 109 major films and 305 television programs in 2014 that included more than 11,000 speaking characters. Some 22 percent of all these films or TV shows had no African American characters.

University Study Finds Racial Discrimination by Mortgage Loan Originators

University Study Finds Racial Discrimination by Mortgage Loan Originators

The results showed that some mortgage loan originators did not response to people with African American sounding names, others rejected applications outright, and others delayed their responses so that the potential borrower was apt to take their business elsewhere.

The Escalating Debt Problem for African American College Students

The Escalating Debt Problem for African American College Students

An analysis of the student debt load for fourth-year undergraduate students found that in 1990, 69 percent of African American college students had accumulated debt. By 2012, the figure was 90 percent.