Research & Studies

The Racial Gap in High School Completion Rates No Longer Exists

The Racial Gap in High School Completion Rates No Longer Exists

The status completion rate is the percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds who have left high school and who hold a high school credential. For the first time in 40 years, the status high school completion rate for Black 18- to 24-year-olds was not measurably different from that of White 18- to 24-year-olds.

African Americans and the Mountain of Graduate Student Loan Debt

African Americans and the Mountain of Graduate Student Loan Debt

According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, nearly 80 percent of Black students completing their graduate degrees in the 2015-16 academic year had accumulated federal debt for their graduate education and the median amount of this debt was more than $51,000.

A College Education Continues to Pay Economic Dividends to Black Graduates

A College Education Continues to Pay Economic Dividends to Black Graduates

A new report from The College Board shows that a college education continues to provide widespread economic benefits to those who obtain the credential. This is particularly true for African Americans.

Report Finds That Black Students Do Not Have Equal Access to Advanced K-12 Courses

Report Finds That Black Students Do Not Have Equal Access to Advanced K-12 Courses

A new report from The Education Trust finds that Black students across the country experience inequitable access to advanced coursework opportunities. As a result, these students are missing out on critical opportunities that can set them up for success in college.

University of Minnesota Study Finds High Premature Death Rates in Rural Black Counties

University of Minnesota Study Finds High Premature Death Rates in Rural Black Counties

The authors stated that socioeconomic factors, such as low household income and high unemployment, are strongly associated with higher premature death rates in counties that are largely non-Hispanic Black.

The Diminishing Returns of a College Education on Wealth Generation for African Americans

The Diminishing Returns of a College Education on Wealth Generation for African Americans

Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis find that the benefits of a college education as it relates to wealth are far less than has been the case in the past. This is particularly true for African American college graduates.

Northeastern University Study Find Racial Differences in Views on the First Amendment

Northeastern University Study Find Racial Differences in Views on the First Amendment

The authors speculate that the First Amendment is increasingly invoked – especially online – as a defense for extreme speech and hate speech. This may explain the data that shows Black students are more willing than White students to support restrictions on free speech rights.

Black Girls Face Harsher School Discipline

Black Girls Face Harsher School Discipline

From Kindergarten to 12th grade, Black girls are seven times more likely to be suspended from school as White girls, and four times more likely to be arrested at school. Congressional Representative Ayanna Pressley is leading an effort to confront this inequity in school discipline.

Harvard Study Finds That People of Color More Likely to Be Exposed to Ads for Vaping

Harvard Study Finds That People of Color More Likely to Be Exposed to Ads for Vaping

In recent, months there has been a great deal of research published on the dangers of vaping. Exposure to vaping advertisements can increase the likelihood of taking up the habit. A new study by researchers at Harvard University finds that people of color are more likely than Whites to be targeted.

New Report Documents an Alarming Rise in Suicide Rates Among Black Youth

New Report Documents an Alarming Rise in Suicide Rates Among Black Youth

Self-reported suicide attempts rose by 73 percent between 1991-2017 for Black high school students. The suicide rate for Black children ages 5-12 is roughly twice that of White children of the same age group.

Black Teens Daily Exposure to Racial Discrimination Is a Public Health Problem

Black Teens Daily Exposure to Racial Discrimination Is a Public Health Problem

The researchers surveyed a large group of Black youth between ages 13 and 17 each day for two weeks about their experiences with racial discrimination. The teens reported an average of more than five experiences per day.

The Huge Gender Gap in Black Enrollments at HBCU Law Schools

The Huge Gender Gap in Black Enrollments at HBCU Law Schools

All told there are 123 Black men enrolled at the six law schools at HBCUs. At these six schools, there are 438 Black women enrolled. Thus, among Black enrollments at these law schools, Black women make up 78 percent of all Black enrollments.

Women of Color Get Snubbed in Offers to Present at a Major Earth Science Conference

Women of Color Get Snubbed in Offers to Present at a Major Earth Science Conference

The study found that at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union women from ethnic minorities were invited to give fewer talks, invited to give talks less often, and opted for poster presentations more than researchers who were not from underrepresented minorities.

Study Finds That 93 Percent of Confederate Monuments Still Remain in Place

Study Finds That 93 Percent of Confederate Monuments Still Remain in Place

A new study by researchers from the University of Oklahoma found that over the past three years, 108 statutes or other monuments honoring the Confederacy have been taken down. But the authors found that 93 percent of all Confederate monuments remain in place. Seven states have passed laws banning their removal from public spaces.

Black Enrollments at the Law Schools at Historically Black Universities

Black Enrollments at the Law Schools at Historically Black Universities

At Howard University’s law school in Washington, D.C., there were 122 Black students enrolled in 2019. They made up 76.3 percent of the total enrollments in juris doctorate programs. This is the highest percentage of Black enrollments at any of the six law schools at HBCUs.

JBHE's Annual Checkup of Black Students at Medical Schools in the United States

JBHE’s Annual Checkup of Black Students at Medical Schools in the United States

In 2019, 21,869 students enrolled in medical school for the first time, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Of these, 1,916, or 8.8 percent, were Black. The number of Black matriculants was up 3.2 percent from 2018 and by 37.2 percent from 2013.

The Racial Gap in College Participation Rates in the United States

The Racial Gap in College Participation Rates in the United States

If we look only at those students who graduated from high school in the spring of 2018, we find that 64.1 percent of Black students had enrolled in postsecondary education by October 2018. For 2018 non-Hispanic White high school graduates, the college participation rate was 71.3 percent.

Black Enrollments at Ivy League Law Schools

Black Enrollments at Ivy League Law Schools

Black students make up at least 11 percent of total enrollments at all five Ivy League law schools. Leading the group is Columbia University in New York where there are 39 Black students out of a total enrollment of 124. Thus, Blacks are 31.2 percent of the total enrollments.

University of Michigan Study Examines Young Black Women's Access to Birth Control Resources

University of Michigan Study Examines Young Black Women’s Access to Birth Control Resources

A new study found that young African American women tend to live closer to pharmacies than White women, but those pharmacies are less likely to provide easy access to condoms and other resources relating to reproductive health.

Economist Finds Speech Patterns Impact Wages, Particularly for African Americans

Economist Finds Speech Patterns Impact Wages, Particularly for African Americans

A new University of Chicago study found that speech patterns strongly affect a person’s wages, particularly for African Americans. The study found that workers with racially and regionally distinctive speech patterns earn lower wages compared to those who speak in the mainstream.

The Large Racial Gap in Undergraduate Student Attrition Rates

The Large Racial Gap in Undergraduate Student Attrition Rates

In October 2018, there were 715,000 African American first-year students in all undergraduate institutions, 638,000 African Americans in their second year, 552,000 in their third year and 389,000 African Americans in their fourth year of college.

University of Washington Study Finds That African Americans Face Increased Risk From Air Pollution

University of Washington Study Finds That African Americans Face Increased Risk From Air Pollution

A new study by researchers at the University of Washington reports that fine particulate matter from power plants producing electricity is responsible for 16,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. And African Americans are more likely than Whites to be exposed to this pollution.

Education in the Arts Can Provide a Way Forward for Formerly Incarcerated Black Men

Education in the Arts Can Provide a Way Forward for Formerly Incarcerated Black Men

The University of Houston study found that formerly incarcerated Black men enrolled in an alternative school with arts-based programming showed healthier social and emotional development and higher academic achievement as they transitioned to adulthood.

Rating the Effectiveness of Ph.D. Bridge Programs in STEM Disciplines

Rating the Effectiveness of Ph.D. Bridge Programs in STEM Disciplines

A new study by scientists at California State Polytechnic University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Southern California, finds that Ph.D. bridge programs can be a potent mechanism to empower students, foster diversity and spur a more holistic approach to graduate education.

Organization Rates Major Medical Schools on Efforts to Promote Racial Equality

Organization Rates Major Medical Schools on Efforts to Promote Racial Equality

The organization White Coasts for Black Lives is a medical student-run organization formed to dismantle racism in medicine. It recently released a report on the efforts of 17 major medical schools to address racial inequality in academic medicine.

George Washington University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in Financial Literacy

George Washington University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in Financial Literacy

The results of the survey found that African-American adults answered 38 percent of the questions correctly, compared to 55 percent of White adults. Only 28 percent of African American adults answered over one-half of the questions correctly. For White adults, the figure was 62 percent.

Sub-Saharan African Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Sub-Saharan African Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2015-16 academic year, there were 2,057 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is up 3.4 percent from the 2014-15 academic year. But the long-term trend is down.

How One Act of Discrimination Can Impact the Lives of College Students

How One Act of Discrimination Can Impact the Lives of College Students

On average, students who encountered unfair treatment were more physically active, interacted with their phones more and spent less time in bed on the day of the event. In many cases, the behavior changes lasted into the second day after the discrimination had taken place.

Black Male Lawyers Face Higher Rates of Discipline by the California State Bar Than Their Peers

Black Male Lawyers Face Higher Rates of Discipline by the California State Bar Than Their Peers

The study, conducted by George Farkas, Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, found that Black male lawyers received more complaints from clients, were put on probation at higher rates and were disbarred at higher rates than their peers.

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2018-19

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2018-19

The Institute for International Education reports that in the 2018-19 academic year, there were 40,290 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They made up 3.7 percent of the 1,095,299 foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities that year.

Federal Reserve Study Shows High Student Loan Default Rates in Black Neighborhoods

Federal Reserve Study Shows High Student Loan Default Rates in Black Neighborhoods

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds that student loan borrowers from zip codes that are primarily Black are twice as likely to be in default as borrowers from zip codes that are primarily White.

Stanford University Study Examines School Enrollments in Gentrified Urban Areas

Stanford University Study Examines School Enrollments in Gentrified Urban Areas

The study found that gentrified neighborhoods tended to show a reduction in public school enrollments in the 2000-to-2014 period. But neighborhoods that were gentrified by mostly Black or Hispanic college-educated families showed an increase in public school enrollments.

Federal Data Shows a Huge Racial Disparity in Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Federal Data Shows a Huge Racial Disparity in Sexually Transmitted Diseases

It is important for college and university health officials to be aware of this trend so that they may target education and prevention programs for at-risk groups.

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

In 2018, nearly 30 percent of all African Americans below the age of 18 were living in poverty. For non-Hispanic White children, the rate was 8.9 percent. Many Black children from impoverished backgrounds do not even consider higher education due to the perceived cost.

Study Charges Harvard With Recruiting Black Applicants Who Have No Chance of Admission

Study Charges Harvard With Recruiting Black Applicants Who Have No Chance of Admission

Essentially, the study charges Harvard with recruiting large number of Black applicants who had no chance of admission so that Black acceptance rates would decline to more closely match those of White and Asian applicants.

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Suicidal Thoughts of African American Men

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Suicidal Thoughts of African American Men

Suicide deaths among African American men have risen dramatically during the last 20 years, and racial discrimination may be a contributing factor in many cases, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan.