Research & Studies

Many African American Students Receive Pell Grants: But Do They Graduate?

Many African American Students Receive Pell Grants: But Do They Graduate?

Some 214 institutions have Pell graduation rates lower than 25 percent. Of the more than 60,000 Pell students initially enrolled at these institutions combined, only 9,904 of them (16 percent) graduated within six years.

Affluent Black Youth Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than Lower-Income Black Youth

Affluent Black Youth Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than Lower-Income Black Youth

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that Black youths between 13 and 17 years of age from affluent families were more likely to suffer from depression that Black youth from lower socioeconomic groups. The reason: Exposure to higher levels of racial discrimination.

The Racial Gap in Access to Advanced Courses in High Schools

The Racial Gap in Access to Advanced Courses in High Schools

A new report from the New York Equity Coalition finds that White students are far more likely than Black students to go to schools with Advanced Placement courses and other curricula that will better prepare them for college. It is probable that the same situation occurs in other states.

New York University Study Finds Racial Gap in Publishing in Communication Studies

New York University Study Finds Racial Gap in Publishing in Communication Studies

A new study by scholars at New York University finds that non-White scholars continue to be significantly underrepresented in publication rates, citation rates, and editorial positions in communications and media studies.

Research Finds That Black Children Are Not Identified as Autistic at the Same Rate as Whites

Research Finds That Black Children Are Not Identified as Autistic at the Same Rate as Whites

The authors suspect well-intentioned school leaders may be inadvertently denying minority students autism eligibility due to concerns about exacerbating the widely perceived problem of minority overrepresentation in general special education programs.

Researchers Find Preventive Use of Antibiotics Could Save Large Numbers of African Children

Researchers Find Preventive Use of Antibiotics Could Save Large Numbers of African Children

In a trial of about 190,000 children in Malawi, Niger, and Tanzania, led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, a single dose of an antibiotic given four times over a two-year period resulted in a significant drop in child mortality rates.

A Look at the Racial Gap in Employment by Levels of Educational Attainment

A Look at the Racial Gap in Employment by Levels of Educational Attainment

The unemployment rate for African American college graduates ages 20 to 29 in 2017 was 21.6 percent. The rate was 8.8 percent for White college graduates of similar age. Thus, young African American college graduates were nearly 2.5 times as likely to be unemployed than their White peers.

Study Finds College Recruiters Tend to Visit Wealthier, Predominantly White High Schools

Study Finds College Recruiters Tend to Visit Wealthier, Predominantly White High Schools

A new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Arizona finds that American colleges and universities tend to spend their recruiting resources at high schools attended by children of high-income White families.

Academic Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Care for Heart Failure Patients

Academic Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Care for Heart Failure Patients

The study examined the cases of more than 104,000 patients at 497 hospitals in the United States. The results showed that for patients admitted to intensive care units for heart failure, Whites patients were 40 percent more likely to be treated by a cardiologist than Blacks.

Sub-Saharan African Immigrants to the U.S. Are a Highly Educated Group

Sub-Saharan African Immigrants to the U.S. Are a Highly Educated Group

A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that in 2015, 69 percent of immigrants to the United States from sub-Saharan African nations had some college experience compared to 63 percent of native-born Americans of all races.

Colleges and Universities That Go Test Optional Tend to Increase Racial Diversity

Colleges and Universities That Go Test Optional Tend to Increase Racial Diversity

A new report from the National Council on College Admission Counseling finds that that colleges and universities that do not require students to submit standardized test scores tended to enroll and graduate more students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Study Finds Racial Integration of Churches Will Do Little to Change Attitudes

Study Finds Racial Integration of Churches Will Do Little to Change Attitudes

A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, finds that in congregations that have made an effort to foster racial integration, neighbors who are people of other races have more impact on Whites’ friendship networks and attitudes than do members of their congregations.

A New Academic Debate on Race and Genetics

A New Academic Debate on Race and Genetics

An academic debate on genetics differences between population groups focuses on whether these differences have anything to do with the concept of race or rather are simply due to differences in geography and environment.

United States Coast Guard Academy Conducts Assessment of Its Diversity Efforts

United States Coast Guard Academy Conducts Assessment of Its Diversity Efforts

The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, is the first service academy to undergo the Equity Scorecard process developed by the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California.

Study Shows How to Increase Black Male Teachers in Special Education Programs

Study Shows How to Increase Black Male Teachers in Special Education Programs

The strategy involves developing specific motivations for Black men to become special education teachers as well as focused strategies for recruitment and retention of Black males for these positions.

Students of Color Are Shortchanged in Higher Education Spending by States

Students of Color Are Shortchanged in Higher Education Spending by States

A new report from the Center for American Progress finds that the amount spent per student of color — defined here as Black and Latino students — at public two- and four-year colleges is more than $1,000 less per year than what is spent on their White counterparts.

Study Finds Healthcare Clinicians Have Low Expectations for Their Black Patients

Study Finds Healthcare Clinicians Have Low Expectations for Their Black Patients

A new study finds that doctors and other healthcare providers rated White patients as significantly more likely to improve, more likely to adhere to recommended treatments, and be more personally responsible for their health than Black patients.

Study Reveals Obstacles Faced by Black Men in Doctoral Programs in Engineering

Study Reveals Obstacles Faced by Black Men in Doctoral Programs in Engineering

A new study led by researchers at Iowa State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Utah examines the experiences of Black men in doctoral programs in engineering. The study found that for Black men in these graduate degree programs, race was a greater obstacle than they expected.

Fields Where African Americans Earn Few or No Doctoral Degrees

Fields Where African Americans Earn Few or No Doctoral Degrees

Blacks are vastly underrepresented among doctoral degree recipients in some disciplines. For example, in 2016 African Americans earned only 1.8 percent of all doctorates awarded in physics to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Study Examines Racial Disparity in Perinatal Depression

Academic Study Examines Racial Disparity in Perinatal Depression

A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University find that Black and Latina women, who are at increased risk of perinatal depression, are less likely that their White peers to be screened or treated for the condition.

Eliminating the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

Eliminating the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

A new report from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development provides information on the racial gap in infant mortality and offers strategies that may be employed to eliminate the disparity.

Doctoral Awards at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Doctoral Awards at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

National Science Foundation data shows that historically Black colleges and universities awarded 432 doctorates in 2016. This was 0.8 percent of all doctorates awarded in the United States. Howard University leads the list with 93 doctoral awards.

Study Examines How Tuition Hikes Impact Campus Diversity

Study Examines How Tuition Hikes Impact Campus Diversity

A new study authored by Drew Allen of Princeton University and Gregory C. Wolniak of New York University found that a $1,000 tuition increase at 4-year, non-selective public institutions is associated with a 4.5 percent drop in campus diversity among full-time freshmen.

North Carolina State University Project to Address Perceived Bias in Engineering Education

North Carolina State University Project to Address Perceived Bias in Engineering Education

The new study aims to develop a set of best practices which can be implemented by universities to reduce perceived bias in graduate engineering programs, and possibly for other STEM graduate programs.

The Persisting Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Persisting Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

African Americans earned 6.6 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of this country. Thus, African Americans earned about one half the number of doctorates that would be the case if racial parity with the U.S. Black population prevailed.

New Study Establishes a Link Between Discrimination and High Blood Pressure

New Study Establishes a Link Between Discrimination and High Blood Pressure

A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine finds that Black and Latino adults who reported they had been victims or discrimination were more likely to have high blood pressure than their peers who had experienced less incidents of discrimination.

New Federal Data Show Racial Disparities in Adherence to Safe Sleep Guidelines for Babies

New Federal Data Show Racial Disparities in Adherence to Safe Sleep Guidelines for Babies

A new federal report finds significant racial disparities in safe-sleeping procedures for babies. For instance, 22 percent of all parents do not place babies on their back to sleep. But the rate for Whites is 16 percent compared to 38 percent for African Americans.

Do Black Male Student Althletes Graduate at a Higher Rate Than All Black Male Students?

Do Black Male Student Althletes Graduate at a Higher Rate Than All Black Male Students?

There is the general impression that the Black athletes we see on the college football field or basketball court are doing better academically than their Black peers who do not compete in intercollegiate athletics. But a new study says this is not true at the powerhouses of collegiate sports.

Report Shows Lack of Diversity in Faculty and Administrators  in California Higher Education

Report Shows Lack of Diversity in Faculty and Administrators in California Higher Education

The study by the Campaign for College Opportunity finds that 69 percent of all undergraduate students in California are from non-White ethnic groups. Yet, more than 60 percent of college faculty and senior administrative leadership posts are held by Whites.

Studying Air Pollution in a High-Traffic Area Near a Historically Black University

Studying Air Pollution in a High-Traffic Area Near a Historically Black University

Air pollution has been shown to produce a greater risk of cardiovascular and other diseases. Many historically Black colleges and universities are located in the urban areas that may have high levels of air pollution, due largely from motor vehicle exhaust.

Researchers Find Instructor Bias Creeps into Online Education

Researchers Find Instructor Bias Creeps into Online Education

The researchers created fake accounts for students in 124 massive open online courses. The names associated with the accounts were designed to give a strong indication that students were either White, Black, Indian, or Chinese. White males were the most likely to get responses from instructors.

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

According to a new report by Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, Blacks are 44 percent of the football players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I but only 7.7 percent of the head football coaches.

UCLA Reports Examines Racial Diversity in Hollywood

UCLA Reports Examines Racial Diversity in Hollywood

The report found that films with casts made up of 21 to 30 percent minority actors enjoyed the highest median global box office ticket sales and the highest median return on investment. Films with the most racially homogenous casts were the poorest financial performers.

New Report Examines the Persisting Racial Wealth Gap Among U.S. Households

New Report Examines the Persisting Racial Wealth Gap Among U.S. Households

A new report from the Center for American Progress finds that in 2016 the median wealth of Black households led by a person who was at least 25 years old was $13,460. For similar White households the median wealth was $142,180.

The Racial Gap in High School Completion and Dropout Rates

The Racial Gap in High School Completion and Dropout Rates

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that in 2014 7.4 percent of all Blacks ages 16 through 24 were not enrolled in school and did not have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate. For Whites the figure was 5.2 percent.

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in Trust of Public Water Supplies

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in Trust of Public Water Supplies

The study, led by an assistant professor at Penn State, found that only 38 percent of Black adults drank tap water daily compared to 61 percent of White adults. Also, 46 percent of Black adults consumed bottle water every day compared to 26 percent of White adults.