Research & Studies

The College Graduation Rates of African American Student Athletes

The College Graduation Rates of African American Student Athletes

For Black student athletes who entered college in 2013 at NCAA Division I institutions, 59 percent earned their diplomas within six years. This is 11 percentage points higher than the rate for Black students as a whole at these institutions.

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2019-20

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2019-20

In the 2019-20 academic year, there were 41,697 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They made up 3.9 percent of the 1,075,496 foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities that year. The number of students from sub-Saharan Africa was up 3.5 percent from the prior year.

The Current Racial Digital Divide May Have Long-Lasting Repercussions

The Current Racial Digital Divide May Have Long-Lasting Repercussions

A new report from Deutsche Bank Securities finds that due to the current racial gap in personal computer ownership and broadband access “76 percent of Blacks and 62 percent of Hispanics could get shut out or be under-prepared for 86 percent of jobs in the United States by 2045.”

The Nationwide Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Black student college graduation rate of 48 percent was 22 percentage points lower than the rate for Whites and 31 percentage points below the rate for Asian Americans. The Black student graduation rate trailed the rates for Hispanics by 13 percentage points.

Study Finds That Racial Segregation in Public Schools in Virginia Is on the Rise

Study Finds That Racial Segregation in Public Schools in Virginia Is on the Rise

The report, by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Pennsylvania State University, reveals that segregation among schools in the same division contributes to half or more of all multiracial school segregation in Virginia’s metropolitan regions.

Does the  FBI's Hate Crime Data Present A True Vision of Reality?

Does the FBI’s Hate Crime Data Present A True Vision of Reality?

In 2019, there were 7,314 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI. More than 86 percent of all participating law enforcement agencies reported zero hate crimes in their jurisdictions. There were 245 reported hate crimes on college and university campuses in 2019.

Can Attending an HBCU Improve Your Chances for a Healthy Life?

Can Attending an HBCU Improve Your Chances for a Healthy Life?

A study led by researchers at Ohio State University found that African Americans who attended historically Black colleges or universities were at lower risk for health problems later in adulthood compared to African Americans who attended predominantly White institutions.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Study Finds Racial Geographic Differences in COVID Mortality

University of Alabama at Birmingham Study Finds Racial Geographic Differences in COVID Mortality

The study found the ratio of deaths among those who are infected with COVID-19, was similar between Black and White individuals. But due to existing racial health disparities, African Americans, particularly in the South and Midwest, were more likely to become infected.

Study Finds a Racial Disparity in Homeownership in Flood-Prone Areas

Study Finds a Racial Disparity in Homeownership in Flood-Prone Areas

A new study from scholars at the University of Arizona and the University of Kentucky finds that Black and Hispanic people and people with low incomes are more likely to live in areas at high risk of flooding from natural disasters than White and Asian people.

Why Hospital Desegregation Did Little to Close the Black-White Infant Mortality Rate Gap

Why Hospital Desegregation Did Little to Close the Black-White Infant Mortality Rate Gap

In 1966, the Johnson Administration decreed that hospitals that failed to desegregate in compliance with the Civil Rights Act would not be eligible to receive federal funding for Medicare patients. Most hospitals complied with the desegregation order but racial disparities in healthcare persisted.

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The report shows that in 2019, 8,073,000 African Americans were living below the official poverty line in the United States. This was 18.8 percent of the entire Black population. Nearly 26.4 percent of all African Americans below the age of 18 were living in poverty.

University of Maryland Report Offers Data on Hate Crime Offenders

University of Maryland Report Offers Data on Hate Crime Offenders

Hate crime offenders have varied motivations, background, demographic characteristics, criminal histories, and target selections. Attacks on African Americans have also reached more than 40 percent of violent and nonviolent hate crimes.

UCLA Study Finds Progress in Front - But Not Behind - the Camera in Hollywood

UCLA Study Finds Progress in Front – But Not Behind – the Camera in Hollywood

A new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles finds that when it comes to racial diversity in television industry acting roles, the playing field continues to level for minorities, but there’s stubborn structural gridlock at the highest ranks and behind the camera.

For 50 Years, There Has Been No Progress in Closing The Black-White Median Income Gap

For 50 Years, There Has Been No Progress in Closing The Black-White Median Income Gap

In 2019, the median Black household income was 59.7 percent of the median income of non-Hispanic White families. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for more than a half-century.

The Stubborn Racial Gap in Scores on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The Stubborn Racial Gap in Scores on the SAT College Entrance Examination

Some 54 percent of all Black students in the high school Class of 2020 who took the SAT College Entrance Examination did not meet the minimum benchmark in either reading or mathematics. For Whites, the figure was 19 percent.

Indiana University Study Finds Racial Disparity in the Discipline of Police Officers

Indiana University Study Finds Racial Disparity in the Discipline of Police Officers

A group of six management professors at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business conducted research that shows that in three major U.S. cities, Black police officers were more frequently disciplined for misconduct than White officers, despite an essentially equal number of allegations being leveled.

A Snapshot of Pre-Pandemic Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

A Snapshot of Pre-Pandemic Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

In the fall of 2019, Blacks were more than 18 percent of total first-time enrollments in graduate programs in public administration but only 4.5 percent of first-time graduate enrollments in physical sciences and 5.8 percent in engineering.

The Nation Is Making No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Standardized Test Scores

The Nation Is Making No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Standardized Test Scores

The most striking statistic is that only 4 percent of all Black test takers were rated ready for college-level courses in all four areas of English, mathematics, science, and reading. Whites were more than six times as likely as Blacks to be prepared for college-level work in all four areas.

Study Finds Huge Gap in Financial Literacy Between Blacks and Whites

Study Finds Huge Gap in Financial Literacy Between Blacks and Whites

A new study from the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at the George Washington University School of Business and the TIAA Institute in New York finds that Blacks are less likely than Whites to have the knowledge and understanding that enable sound financial decision making and effective management of personal finances.

How Student Loan Debt Is Perpetuating the Racial Wealth Gap

How Student Loan Debt Is Perpetuating the Racial Wealth Gap

The data shows that nearly 10 percent of Blacks with student debt had never made a payment. This is nearly four times the rate for Whites with student loans. Most striking is the fact that 13.1 percent of Blacks with student loans are on track to never pay off their loans.

Blacks' Greater Exposure to Excessive Heat May Impact the Racial Educational Gap

Blacks’ Greater Exposure to Excessive Heat May Impact the Racial Educational Gap

Researchers found that students throughout the world performed worse on standardized tests for every additional day of exposure to 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. But in the United States, the researchers found that increased exposure to heat only impacted test scores for Black and Hispanic students.

Tracking Racial and Ethnic Enrollments in Higher Education During the Pandemic

Tracking Racial and Ethnic Enrollments in Higher Education During the Pandemic

The National Student Clearinghouse Center has released a preliminary report that shows that this fall Black enrollments in higher education are down by 6.3 percent compared to a year ago. But Black enrollments in graduate school are up by more than 8 percent.

Report Finds that "It's Time to Worry About College Enrollment Declines Among Blacks"

Report Finds that “It’s Time to Worry About College Enrollment Declines Among Blacks”

The percentage of young White Americans with at least an associate’s degree is 19 percentage points higher than for young Black adults. Absent significant increases in graduation rates, declines in the number of Black students in college will make it hard to shrink their attainment gap relative to White students.

Research Shows How College Libraries Can Better Serve Black Students

Research Shows How College Libraries Can Better Serve Black Students

Researchers at Duke University found that students reported a general feeling that both Duke and Duke Libraries, while not actively hostile or racist, are complicit in their silence. Students do not see enough visible actions and signs supporting diversity and inclusion.

New Report Presents Data on the Race and Ethnicity of Public School Teachers

New Report Presents Data on the Race and Ethnicity of Public School Teachers

In schools where the majority of students were White, over 90 percent of teachers were White. At schools in which a majority of students were Black, more than one-third (36 percent) of teachers were Black and 54 percent were White.

Using Virtual Reality to Examine the Racial Attitudes of Educators

Using Virtual Reality to Examine the Racial Attitudes of Educators

The game “Passage Home” puts the player into the first-person perspective of “Tiany,” a talented and hard-working Black student who is falsely accused of plagiarism by her White female English teacher.

The Psychological Distress Endured by African American Women With Family Members in Prison

The Psychological Distress Endured by African American Women With Family Members in Prison

A new study led by Evelyn J. Patterson, an associate professor of psychology at Vanderbilt Univerity in Nashville, finds that this high incarceration rate of family members causes higher levels of depressive symptoms and psychological distress among African American women than previously understood.

Blacks Are Underrepresented in Georgia's Merit-Based College Scholarship Programs

Blacks Are Underrepresented in Georgia’s Merit-Based College Scholarship Programs

Black students make up 29 percent of the undergraduate college students in Georgia. But they are only 6 percent of all students who receive Zell Miller Scholarships, which provide full tuition to students who qualify.

Does Exposure to Racism Increase the Likelihood of Activism by Black Adolescents?

Does Exposure to Racism Increase the Likelihood of Activism by Black Adolescents?

The researchers found that 84 percent of study participants had experienced at least some form of racism. They found there was a relationship between those who had experienced racism with activism aimed at eliminating racism.

Why Are African Americans So Underrepresented on Business School Faculties?

Why Are African Americans So Underrepresented on Business School Faculties?

According to the study, underrepresented minority groups comprise approximately 28 percent of the student body at U.S. business schools but only 7.5 percent of the faculty. Blacks make up just 4.1 percent of the faculty. The authors suggest that the search process is a major factor.

NYU Analysis Finds New Deal Housing Policies Continue to Impact Racial Segregation Today

NYU Analysis Finds New Deal Housing Policies Continue to Impact Racial Segregation Today

A new study by Jacob W. Faber, an associate professor of sociology and public service at New York University, finds that housing programs adopted during the New Deal increased segregation in American cities and towns, creating racial disparities that continue to characterize life in the twenty-first century.

Texas Southern University Study Examines Large Rise in Opioid Overdoses in Black Communities

Texas Southern University Study Examines Large Rise in Opioid Overdoses in Black Communities

The media narrative for this opioid overdose epidemic is often portrayed as a White, non-Hispanic rural and suburban crisis. But there has been a huge increases in overdoses in Black communities.

New Report Documents Low Level of Numeracy in Adult Black Population

New Report Documents Low Level of Numeracy in Adult Black Population

The assessment defines numeracy as “the ability to access, use, interpret and communicate mathematical information and ideas in order to engage in and manage the mathematical demands of a range of situations in adult life.”

How Societal Inequality and Racism Impacts Health Disparities in the United States

How Societal Inequality and Racism Impacts Health Disparities in the United States

Lead author Quianta Moore, a fellow in child health of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas, states that “not only are we not all equally healthy, but we do not all have an equal opportunity to be healthy.”

Study Finds a Racial Gap in the Timing of Diagnoses of Autism Disorders

Study Finds a Racial Gap in the Timing of Diagnoses of Autism Disorders

In this study involving 584 African American children at four autism centers across the United States, the average African American child already was almost 5½ years old at the time of diagnosis. White children are diagnosed an average of six months earlier.

New Report Shows How HBCUs Can Achieve Greater Student Success

New Report Shows How HBCUs Can Achieve Greater Student Success

New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta identifies ways historically Black colleges and universities might improve student performance measures —such as graduation rates and graduates’ incomes — relative to predominantly White institutions.