Racial Gap

Nationwide Study Finds Major Racial Gap in School Suspensions and Expulsions

Nationwide Study Finds Major Racial Gap in School Suspensions and Expulsions

The study offers a comprehensive look at racial disparities in school discipline involving expulsion or suspension from school at secondary educational institutions throughout the United States. The study examined disciplinary records involving nearly 16,000 middle schools and more than 18,000 high schools all across the country.

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Since 2004, tenured-track appointments at Harvard University are up 54 percent for underrepresented minorities, which is particularly striking since the overall number of tenure-track faculty has decreased by 18 percent over the same time period.

Study Finds Severe Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution and Who Breathes It

Study Finds Severe Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution and Who Breathes It

The researchers found that air pollution is disproportionately caused by the consumption of goods and services by White Americans, but disproportionately inhaled by Black and Hispanic Americans.

Texas Tech Medical School Will No Longer Use Race as a Factor in Admissions Decisions

Texas Tech Medical School Will No Longer Use Race as a Factor in Admissions Decisions

This is the first agreement reached between the Trump administration and a college to forgo using race as a factor in the admissions process.

University of Kentucky to Remove a Mural That Is Offensive to Many Black Students

University of Kentucky to Remove a Mural That Is Offensive to Many Black Students

During the Great Depression, Ann Rice O’Hanlon painted a 38 feet wide, 11 feet tall mural on Kentucky history in Memorial Hall. The mural depicts enslaved African Americas hunched in a field, Black musicians playing for White dancers, and a Native American threatening a White settler with a tomahawk.

University of Maryland Baltimore County Seeks Greater Diversity in the Public Policy Field

University of Maryland Baltimore County Seeks Greater Diversity in the Public Policy Field

The University of Maryland Baltimore County School of Public Policy has partnered with the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), a national organization that fosters excellence in research, analysis, and education in public policy.

The Stubborn Racial Gap in Degree Attainment Rates in the United States

The Stubborn Racial Gap in Degree Attainment Rates in the United States

For Black students who entered postsecondary education in the 2011-112 academic year, 9.5 percent earned an associate’s degree and 22.7 percent were awarded a bachelor’s degree by the Spring of 2017.

Sharp Drop in Black Enrollments at Public Colleges and Universities in Illinois

Sharp Drop in Black Enrollments at Public Colleges and Universities in Illinois

The number of African-American students enrolled at public colleges and universities in Illinois has fallen nearly 25.9 percent during the five-year period from 2013 to 2017. In contrast, enrollments are up for all other underrepresented groups.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

Well more than one third, 38.8 percent, of non-Hispanic Whites over the age of 25, have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. For African American adults, 25.2 percent have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration and Coaching

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration and Coaching

According to a recent report from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, Blacks are 45 percent of the football players in Division I but only 6.9 percent of the head football coaches. This was down from 7.7 percent in the prior year.

Blacks Making Only Snail-Like Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Faculty Posts

Blacks Making Only Snail-Like Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Faculty Posts

In 2017, Blacks made up 5.5 percent of all instructional faculty members in U.S. higher education. Eight years earlier in 2009, Blacks were 5.4 percent of all instructional faculty. In 2017, Blacks were only 3.8 percent of all full professors.

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The highest Black student high school graduation rate was in the state of Alabama. The lowest high school graduation rate for Blacks was in the state of Minnesota. Wisconsin had the largest racial gap in high school graduation rates of 25.7 percentage points.

U.S. Senators Ask for Advice on How to Address Racial Disparities in Student Debt

U.S. Senators Ask for Advice on How to Address Racial Disparities in Student Debt

Recently, a group of four United States senators issued a statement asking for expert advice on how to address the racial disparities in student debt. African American college graduates are more likely to default on student loans than White college dropouts.

Florida State University Study Finds Racial Disparity in Flu Shots Among Adolescents

Florida State University Study Finds Racial Disparity in Flu Shots Among Adolescents

During the winter of 2014-15, more than 710,000 people were hospitalized for influenza and there were 80,000 flu-related death. Researchers had hoped that after the passage of the Affordable Care Act that the racial disparity in flu vaccinations would disappear. It has not.

African Americans Have Closed the Racial Gap in High School Dropout Rates

African Americans Have Closed the Racial Gap in High School Dropout Rates

In 2016, 6.2 percent of all African Americans ages 16 to 24 did not have a high school diploma and were not enrolled in school. This so-called status dropout rate has dropped significantly for African Americans since the turn of the century.

African Americans Making Only Snail-Like Progress in Doctoral Degree Awards

African Americans Making Only Snail-Like Progress in Doctoral Degree Awards

If we restrict the figures to citizens and permanent residents we find that African Americans earned 6.7 percent of all doctoral awards in 2017. Therefore, 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.

College Athletic Powerhouses Earn a Grade of D in Achieving Racial Equity in Leadership Posts

College Athletic Powerhouses Earn a Grade of D in Achieving Racial Equity in Leadership Posts

At the 130 colleges and universities that make up the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in the fall of 2018 African Americans made up 3.8 percent of the presidents and 9.2 percent of the athletics directors.

Racial Differences in Interactions Between Children and Parents in American Households

Racial Differences in Interactions Between Children and Parents in American Households

The data show that 75.6 percent of non-Hispanic White parents read to their young children at least five days a week. In African American households, only 54.5 percent of parents read to their young children at least five days a week.

Princeton University's New Program Aims to Diversify the Architecture Field

Princeton University’s New Program Aims to Diversify the Architecture Field

Less than 2 percent of the nation’s registered architects are Black. To increase diversity in the field, Princeton University has launched its ArcPrep program that provides support, guidance, and academic and cultural enrichment to high school students who are typically underrepresented in the discipline.

A Major National Initiative to Close the College Achievement Gap by 2025

A Major National Initiative to Close the College Achievement Gap by 2025

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has organized a collaborative effort in which 130 public universities and systems will work together to increase college access, close the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.

The Racial Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The Racial Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The results showed that only 21 percent of African American test takers met the college and career readiness benchmark for both reading and mathematics. Nearly 60 percent of Whites met the readiness benchmarks in both reading and mathematics.

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

In 2017, nearly 9 million African Americans, 21.2 percent of total Black population, were living below the official poverty line in the United States. Obviously this huge group of African Americans will face difficulty in obtaining higher education, a path that could lead them out of poverty.

Yale University Scholar Urges a More Holistic Approach to Medical School Admissions

Yale University Scholar Urges a More Holistic Approach to Medical School Admissions

Inginia Genao, of the department of medicine at Yale University believes that the standardized Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) has created an unfair barrier for African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities aspiring to start medical school.

University of Pittsburgh Study Finds Huge Racial Gap in K-12 School Suspensions

University of Pittsburgh Study Finds Huge Racial Gap in K-12 School Suspensions

The research showed that Black students are suspended seven times as often as non-Black students at schools in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Suburban districts tended to have some of the highest racial differences in school suspensions.

Good News! The Racial Gap in Computer and Internet Use in the Home Is Narrowing

Good News! The Racial Gap in Computer and Internet Use in the Home Is Narrowing

In 2016, 89.9 percent of non-Hispanic White households had a computer in the home. For Blacks, 84.1 percent of all households had a home computer. This was up from 80.1 percent in 2015. Nearly 60 percent of White households had a tablet computer compared to 48.5 percent of Black households.

University of Southern California Report Examines Race in the Hollywood Film Industry

University of Southern California Report Examines Race in the Hollywood Film Industry

The data shows that in 2017, 20 percent of the 100 top-grossing films had no Blacks whatsoever in speaking roles. There were 43 films in the 100 top-grossing films that had no speaking roles for Black women.

University Study Finds Higher Tobacco Advertising in Ethnic Neighborhoods

University Study Finds Higher Tobacco Advertising in Ethnic Neighborhoods

The study lead by a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found that tobacco products are more aggressively marketed in Black and Latino neighborhoods of the city of Milwaukee than is the case in White neighborhoods. It appears that children are often the targets of the marketing.

Why Do Black Men Have Among the Poorest Health of Any Group in America?

Why Do Black Men Have Among the Poorest Health of Any Group in America?

A new report from the Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men of the American Psychological Association finds that racial health disparities can be explained in part by systemic oppression and discrimination targeting these men.

The Education Trust Examines African American Degree Attainments by State

The Education Trust Examines African American Degree Attainments by State

Just over 40 percent of Black adults in New Mexico have earned a higher education degree, the highest rate in the nation. The state with the lowest level of degree attainment for African American adults is Louisiana.

University of Southern California Study Examines Diversity of Film Critics

University of Southern California Study Examines Diversity of Film Critics

The data shows that 64 percent of all movie critics are White men and 18 percent are White women. Fourteen percent of critics were men from underrepresented groups and 4 percent were women from underrepresented groups.

Study Finds That Increasing Educational Opportunities May Narrow the Racial Health Gap

Study Finds That Increasing Educational Opportunities May Narrow the Racial Health Gap

After examining 30 years of data on cardiovascular health behaviors such as smoking, diet and physical activity, researchers found that income and educational level influenced the differences in health behaviors between racial groups more than other variables.

New Education Department Report Examines Racial Differences in Digital Literacy

New Education Department Report Examines Racial Differences in Digital Literacy

Overall, 16 percent of U.S. adults ages 16-65 were deemed not digitally literate. But Blacks were twice as likely as Whites to be unfamiliar with using a computer.

The Racial Gap in Access to Mathematics and Sciences Courses

The Racial Gap in Access to Mathematics and Sciences Courses

In the 2015-16 school year, Blacks made up 17 percent of all enrollments in the eighth grade. But Blacks were only 11 percent of all eighth graders enrolled in algebra and only 9 percent of those who passed algebra.

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.

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.

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.