Research & Studies

A Decline in Black Enrollments in Higher Education: But Graduate Enrollments Inch Higher

A Decline in Black Enrollments in Higher Education: But Graduate Enrollments Inch Higher

There were 3,954,120 Black or African American students who were enrolled in higher education during the 2013-14 academic year. They made up 14.2 percent of all enrollments. Black enrollments were down 3.1 percent from the previous year.

New Study Led by University of Vermont Scholar Sheds Light on "Bias Awareness"

New Study Led by University of Vermont Scholar Sheds Light on “Bias Awareness”

A new study led by Sylvia Perry, an assistant professor of psychological science at the University of Vermont, finds that Whites who are aware of their biases are better equipped to deal with society’s racial challenges than Whites who believe they are racially colorblind.

Racial Hate in Public Schools Appears to Be on the Decline

Racial Hate in Public Schools Appears to Be on the Decline

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that large numbers of Black students are still subjected to hate speech and hate-related graffiti at schools. But a far lower percentage of Black students were exposed in 2013 than was in the case in 2005.

Duke Professor's Program Seeks to Close the Racial Gap in Educational Achievement Among Youth

Duke Professor’s Program Seeks to Close the Racial Gap in Educational Achievement Among Youth

Angel L. Harris, a professor of sociology and African and African American studies at Duke University, is launching a new effort called Research on the Education and Development of Youth (REDY). His goal is to provide teachers with the tools to teach students who have different learning styles.

Study Finds Blacks Have More Sleep-Related Problems Than Whites

Study Finds Blacks Have More Sleep-Related Problems Than Whites

Since sleep difficulties can lead to a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health complications, the racial differences in sleep disorders may be a significant factor in the overall racial health disparity in the United States.

UCLA Study Identifies Risk Factors for Mental Disorders Among African Americans

UCLA Study Identifies Risk Factors for Mental Disorders Among African Americans

Research conducted at the Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities at the University of California, Los Angeles, identifies factors that can predict depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder among African Americans.

Racial Differences in Educational Attainment of Students Who Were Ninth Graders in 2009

Racial Differences in Educational Attainment of Students Who Were Ninth Graders in 2009

The data show that 83.2 percent of Black ninth graders in 2009 had obtained a high school diploma by 2013. For non-Hispanic Whites, the comparable figure was 91.6 percent. Some 6.6 percent of Black ninth graders in 2009 were not in school and did not hold a job in 2013.

Number of Black Admits Declines in the University of California System

Number of Black Admits Declines in the University of California System

This year, 2,653 Black first-year students from California were admitted to one or more University of California campuses. This is down from 2,712 in 2014 and 2,747 in 2013. Blacks were 4.3 percent of all admits from the state of California.

Survey Finds Few African Americans Among the Nation's Elected Prosecutors

Survey Finds Few African Americans Among the Nation’s Elected Prosecutors

The data shows that 95 percent of the 2,437 elected prosecutors in this country are White. Some three fifths of all U.S. states have no elected Black prosecutors. More than half of all elected Black prosecutors nationwide are in Virginia and Mississippi.

Major New Survey Effort Will Measure Higher Education's Effect on Students' Diversity Views

Major New Survey Effort Will Measure Higher Education’s Effect on Students’ Diversity Views

This fall, 100,000 students at 130 colleges and universities nationwide, will begin to participate in a four-year study that will determine how their views on issues of faith and diversity change during their time at college.

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the University of Southern California finds that people in churches with congregations of more than 2,000 tend to believe that racial inequality is not due to discrimination.

Stanford University Study Documents the Racial Gap in Neighborhood Affluence

Stanford University Study Documents the Racial Gap in Neighborhood Affluence

The research found that Black families with an income of $50,000 live in a community where the average income is $42,579. Whites with an income of $50,000 live in a community where the average income is $53,000.

Racial Differences in the Use of Bicycle Helmets by Children

Racial Differences in the Use of Bicycle Helmets by Children

Each year, more than 3 million people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to bicycle accidents. A new study has found that among the injured children, Blacks were 62 percent less likely than Whites to have worn helmets.

Rice University Finds Slavery's Legacy Impacts Today's Racial Segregation in Schools

Rice University Finds Slavery’s Legacy Impacts Today’s Racial Segregation in Schools

Researchers at Rice University in Houston found a correlation between counties in the South that had the highest percentages of slaves in their population and those that now have the most racial segregation in schools.

New Pew Research Center Study Focuses on Multiracial Americans

New Pew Research Center Study Focuses on Multiracial Americans

An interesting finding of the Pew Research Center report is that single-race African Americans and multiracial Americans with one or more Black parents or grandparents report equal levels of racial discrimination and harassment.

New Research Finds That 44 Percent of Black Women Say They Have a Family Member in Prison

New Research Finds That 44 Percent of Black Women Say They Have a Family Member in Prison

According to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan, 44 percent of Black women said they had a family member who was in prison. For White women, the figure was 12 percent.

Almost Everyone Believes They Are Less Biased Than Their Peers

Almost Everyone Believes They Are Less Biased Than Their Peers

A new report by researchers at several universities has found that people generally have a “bias blind spot.” Almost all participants in the study said they were less biased than the average person.

University Study Offers New Evidence on DWB: Driving While Black

University Study Offers New Evidence on DWB: Driving While Black

A new study led by Scott Decker, a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University, found that in Missouri Black drivers were more likely to be stopped, more likely to be searched, but less likely to be found with illegal items compared to White drivers.

Educational Television for Preschoolers Shown to Benefit Young Blacks

Educational Television for Preschoolers Shown to Benefit Young Blacks

A new study authored by scholars at Wellesley College and the University of Maryland found that children who watched Sesame Street when it was first broadcast nearly a half century ago, did better in school as they got older.

University of Missouri Study Finds Media Perpetuates Negative Stereotypes of Black Athletes

University of Missouri Study Finds Media Perpetuates Negative Stereotypes of Black Athletes

A new study conducted by Cynthia Frisby, an associate professor of strategic communication, found that 53 percent of all print and online media stories of Black athletes were negative, while only 27 percent of the stories about White athletes were negative.

Study Finds That Race-Related Comedy Is Perceived Differently in Multiracial Audiences

Study Finds That Race-Related Comedy Is Perceived Differently in Multiracial Audiences

A study led by Omotayo Banjo of the University of Cincinnati examines the behavior of Blacks and Whites while watching television comedy shows that include references to Black stereotypes.

Availabilty of Online Hook-Up Website Found to Increase HIV Infections Among Blacks

Availabilty of Online Hook-Up Website Found to Increase HIV Infections Among Blacks

Research conducted at the University of Maryland found that the introduction of Craigslist online personal advertisements in a particular locale led to a significant increase in HIV-infections among African Americans in the area.

University Study Finds That Routinely Watching Television News May Increase Racial Bias

University Study Finds That Routinely Watching Television News May Increase Racial Bias

The University of Houston study found that people who watch a great deal of television news may become more racially biased against African Americans due to overexposure to racial stereotypes.

How Best to Shield Young Blacks From Peer Racism at Schools

How Best to Shield Young Blacks From Peer Racism at Schools

Using a series of focus groups, the researchers found that parents who used racial socialization techniques that promoted cultural pride and identity had children who were more likely to succeed.

Study Finds School Districts Are Not Doing Enough to End Racial Disparities in Discipline

Study Finds School Districts Are Not Doing Enough to End Racial Disparities in Discipline

A new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Texas, San Antonio finds that school districts across the country are not taking appropriate steps to deal with the racial disparities in school discipline.

Report Documents Racial Gaps in California Higher Education

Report Documents Racial Gaps in California Higher Education

Blacks are less likely that other racial/ethnic groups in California to graduate from high school, to complete the curriculum needed for admission to campuses of the University of California or California State University, and to graduate from college.

How Racial Disparities in Health Care Have Impacted U.S. Elections

How Racial Disparities in Health Care Have Impacted U.S. Elections

A new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan shows that if Black-White mortality rates were the same many election results would have changed to favor the Democratic candidate.

New Study Finds No Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Chemistry

New Study Finds No Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Chemistry

African Americans make up just 1 percent of the chemistry professors at the 50 U.S. colleges that have the largest budgets for chemical research. Thirty of these 50 schools have no Black chemistry faculty.

Northwestern University Study Finds Patient Portals May Widen Racial Health Disparities

Northwestern University Study Finds Patient Portals May Widen Racial Health Disparities

The study found that individuals with lower levels of education were less likely than their more educated peers to use these portals. African Americans were 2.5 times less likely than Whites to access these online tools.

Duke University Task Force Publishes Report on Faculty Diversity Efforts

Duke University Task Force Publishes Report on Faculty Diversity Efforts

In the past, Duke University has been a leader in efforts to increase the diversity of its faculty. But a new report finds that from 2005 to 2014 the Black percentage of the Duke faculty increased from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent.

African American College Football Coaches Tend to Get the Axe Sooner Than Their White Peers

African American College Football Coaches Tend to Get the Axe Sooner Than Their White Peers

A new analysis by Nolan Kopkin, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found that on average, a Black head coach in major college football will be fired one or two years earlier than a White coach with a similar job-performance record.

University Study Finds That Residential Racial Segregation Has Increased

University Study Finds That Residential Racial Segregation Has Increased

The study, led by a demographer at Cornell University, found that Whites tended to leave neighborhoods where foreclosure rates were high and Blacks and Latinos moved to these areas to find affordable housing. As a result racial segregation has increased.

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Amassing critical numbers of underrepresented students is important, but achieving enrollment targets does little to improve the problems in the campus culture that affect students and contribute to their failure to complete degree programs.

University of Illinois Survey Finds Widespread Racial Microaggressions on Campus

University of Illinois Survey Finds Widespread Racial Microaggressions on Campus

The results found that 51 percent of the minority students reported experiencing racial stereotyping. More than one quarter said their contributions in the classroom were minimized and 25 percent said they were not taken seriously due to their race.

University of Maryland Study Finds Higher Black Mortality in Areas of Intense Racism

University of Maryland Study Finds Higher Black Mortality in Areas of Intense Racism

Using data on the frequency of the use of a racial slur in Google searches in a particular area, researchers found that higher Black mortality rates occur in areas that exhibit the most intense levels of racism.

New Study Documents Degree Completion of Minority Doctoral Students in STEM Fields

New Study Documents Degree Completion of Minority Doctoral Students in STEM Fields

One important finding in the Council of Graduate Schools report was that minority doctoral students had the most difficulty when they entered the dissertation phase of their doctoral programs.