Research & Studies

New Report Documents the Rise of Racial Hate on College and University Campuses

New Report Documents the Rise of Racial Hate on College and University Campuses

The report document that in 2016, more than 1,000 hate crimes were committed on college campuses across the country. Furthermore, the report finds that between 2011 and 2016, there was a 40 percent increase in campus hate crimes.

Study Discovers Localized Standards Lead to More Diverse Gifted Education Programs

Study Discovers Localized Standards Lead to More Diverse Gifted Education Programs

Nationwide, only the top 5 or 15 percent of all students qualified for gifted education classes. But of the top 50 to 15 percent of students at all schools qualified for gifted education, African American enrollments in these classes would quadruple.

Black-Led Venture Capital Funds Are Judged More Harshly Than Their White Counterparts

Black-Led Venture Capital Funds Are Judged More Harshly Than Their White Counterparts

venture capital funds managed by a person of color are judged more harshly by professional investors than their White counterparts with identical credentials. The findings also suggest that minority-owned venture capital firms actually face more bias when they are successful.

The Racial Gap in Participation in High School AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment Programs

The Racial Gap in Participation in High School AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment Programs

According to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education, White high school students are far more likely than their Black peers to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes, international baccalaureate (IB) courses or participate in dual enrollment courses with colleges.

Study Finds New Information Regarding the Elaine Massacre of 1919

Study Finds New Information Regarding the Elaine Massacre of 1919

In the fall of 1919, a mob of about 500 to 1,000 White people stormed through Phillips County, Arkansas, killing Black men, women, and children on sight. It is estimated that between 100 and 237 African Americans were killed during the riot.

Police Use-of-Force Is the Sixth Leading Cause of Death for Young Black Men

Police Use-of-Force Is the Sixth Leading Cause of Death for Young Black Men

The results found that about 100 in 100,000 Black males will be killed by police during their lives, while only 39 White males per 100,000 are killed by police. This means Black males are about 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than White males.

The Snail-Like Progress of Black Scholars on College and University Faculties

The Snail-Like Progress of Black Scholars on College and University Faculties

In 1997, Blacks made up 5 percent of all college and university faculty, compared to 6 percent 20 years later in 2017. At this rate of progress, the percentage of Blacks on the faculties of American colleges and universities would not reach parity with the percentage of Black enrollments for 160 years.

The Racial Gap in Student Debt for Graduates of State Universities in Texas

The Racial Gap in Student Debt for Graduates of State Universities in Texas

According to a new study by Dominique J. Baker, an assistant professor of education policy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, White students who graduated from Texas state universities have a debt-to-income ratio of 68 percent, compared to 117 percent for Black students who graduated from state universities in Texas.

Study Finds Black Students Receive Fewer Warnings From Teachers About Their Misbehavior

Study Finds Black Students Receive Fewer Warnings From Teachers About Their Misbehavior

New research from the University of Illinois has found that Black middle school students are significantly less likely than their White peers to receive verbal or written warnings from their teachers about behavioral infractions before disciplinary action is taken.

How the Student Loan Debt Crisis Impacts Racial Diversity in the Teacher Workforce

How the Student Loan Debt Crisis Impacts Racial Diversity in the Teacher Workforce

The statistics show that 91 percent of the Blacks who completed teacher training programs accumulated student debt, compared to 76 percent of their White counterparts. And the median undergraduate debt load of Black teachers is about double the median debt load of White teachers.

Study Sheds New Light on Racial Disparity in Special Education Assignments

Study Sheds New Light on Racial Disparity in Special Education Assignments

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research and led by an economist at Michigan State University finds that special education assignment rates aren’t necessarily about a student’s race – but rather about how that student’s race compares to the school’s racial makeup.

Racial Disparities in School Discipline Have Little to Do With Different Student Behavior

Racial Disparities in School Discipline Have Little to Do With Different Student Behavior

A new study from scholars at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Princeton University in New Jersey, not only examined racial differences in discipline rates at schools but goes farther to examine the reasons for the racial disparity.

Racial Differences in College Persistence and Retention Rates

Racial Differences in College Persistence and Retention Rates

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that college student persistence and retention rates are on the rise. But there remains significant differences in these rates between Blacks and Whites.

Does Rising Neighborhood Diversity Lead to a Drop in Social Capital?

Does Rising Neighborhood Diversity Lead to a Drop in Social Capital?

Some researchers suggest that social capital may decline because people retreat into their shells when faced with rising diversity — rejecting newcomers but also pulling back on engagement with people of their own ethnic group in an effort to shelter themselves.

New Report Finds Residential Segregation Remains Rampant in the United States

New Report Finds Residential Segregation Remains Rampant in the United States

The Center for American Progress reports that significant disparities still exist between African Americans and non-Hispanic Whites in terms of access to homeownership. This, in turn, hinders the ability of African American families to send their children to quality public schools.

The Economic and Educational Status of African Americans a Year After Earning a Bachelor's Degree

The Economic and Educational Status of African Americans a Year After Earning a Bachelor’s Degree

The median income of recent African American college graduates was $36,000. For Whites, the median income was $40,000. This income gap for recent college graduates is far narrower than the overall Black-White income gap. This shows the value of higher education in reducing income equality.

Study Finds Bans on Race-Sensitive College Admissions Had Impact on Public Health

Study Finds Bans on Race-Sensitive College Admissions Had Impact on Public Health

Overall, self-reported rates of smoking among underrepresented minority 11th and 12th graders increased by 3.8 percentage points in the same years each of the states discussed, passed, and implemented the bans, compared to those living in states with no bans.

Black Children Are Less Likely to Receive Bystander CPR Than White Children After Cardiac Arrest

Black Children Are Less Likely to Receive Bystander CPR Than White Children After Cardiac Arrest

The results found that a total of 3,399 children, or 48 percent of the total number of recorded cardiac arrests, received bystander CPR. When compared to White children, bystander CPR was 41 percent less likely for Black youth.

New Report Examines the Racial Makeup of Private Schools in the United States

New Report Examines the Racial Makeup of Private Schools in the United States

Black students accounted for 9.3 percent of all private school students in the United States. This is a far lower percentage than the Black percentage of all students in the nation’s public school systems. African Americans accounted for 18.5 percent of students at schools that served special education students.

Study Finds Lack of Black Tenured Faculty at All Levels of Higher Education

Study Finds Lack of Black Tenured Faculty at All Levels of Higher Education

The results of the study, led by a dean at the University of Kentucky, found that only 4.05 percent of tenured faculty at doctoral level institutions are Black. In fact, racial diversity among tenured faculty continues to lag across all levels of higher education.

Census Bureau Offers New Data on Population and Age for African Americans

Census Bureau Offers New Data on Population and Age for African Americans

The statistics show that between 2010 and 2018, the median age of the U.S. population increased by one year from 37.2 to 38.2. The median age of African Americans increased by 1.4 years, a larger increase than for the population as a whole.

HBCUs Exceed Expectations When it Comes to Black Enrollment and Graduation Rates

HBCUs Exceed Expectations When it Comes to Black Enrollment and Graduation Rates

For an example, in Florida, HBCUs represent just 4 percent of the state’s four-year college and universities, but enroll 9 percent of all Black undergraduates and award 18 percent of bachelor’s degrees to Black graduates.

Report Reveals Underrepresentation of Students from Minority Serving Institutions in Study Abroad

Report Reveals Underrepresentation of Students from Minority Serving Institutions in Study Abroad

The report offers insight into the challenges facing students who want to study abroad including barriers of cost, culture, and curriculum.

Level of Education Impacts How Often People Discuss Racial Issues

Level of Education Impacts How Often People Discuss Racial Issues

College-educated Blacks and Whites are more likely to discuss relations than their less-educated peers. But for college-educated adults, Blacks are more likely than Whites to say they talk at least sometimes about race relations by a margin of 79 percent to 59 percent.

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.

Academic Study Finds Companies Target African Americans With Ads for Unhealthy Foods

Academic Study Finds Companies Target African Americans With Ads for Unhealthy Foods

The study led by scholars at the University of Connecticut found that unhealthy food advertising targeting Black audiences increased by more than 50 percent between 2013 and 2017. Overall television food advertising declined by 4 percent during the period.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Its First-Ever Report on Male Fertility

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Its First-Ever Report on Male Fertility

Some of the datat on male fertility is broken down by race. For example, for men between the ages of 40 and 50, 26.8 percent of Whites had never had a child, compared to 19.5 percent of Blacks. In this same age group, 15.3 percent of White men had never been married, compared to 31.4 percent of Black men.

Study Finds Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have a Black Teacher

Study Finds Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have a Black Teacher

The issue of charter schools has become a hot topic in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process. Previous studies that show students of color perform better academically when they have a teacher of the same race or ethnic group. A new report says this is more likely to occur in charter schools.

Faculty From Underrepresented Groups Bear the Brunt of the Work on Diversity Initiatives

Faculty From Underrepresented Groups Bear the Brunt of the Work on Diversity Initiatives

The research, led by scholars from Colorado State University, found that non-White faculty recruited minority faculty, engaged in outreach to diverse K-12 schools and served on diversity committees more frequently than non-Hispanic White faculty.

Oklahoma State Scholar Says Artificial Intelligence Can Eliminate Bias in the Hiring Process

Oklahoma State Scholar Says Artificial Intelligence Can Eliminate Bias in the Hiring Process

The research finds that using machine decision-making through artificial intelligence (AI) can remove unconscious bias and “noise” from the hiring and promotion process and begin making the workplace reflect a diverse society.

Report Finds Severe Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Report Finds Severe Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

A new report from Demos, a nonprofit progressive research and advocacy organization based in New York, found that om average Black women borrowers see their student loan balances grow by an additional 13 percent in the 12 years after they began college and over half of Black male borrowers default on their loans in the same period.

Study Finds Significant Racial Bias in Hiring Biology and Physics Faculty

Study Finds Significant Racial Bias in Hiring Biology and Physics Faculty

The results showed that the physics professors rated Asian and White candidates as more competent and hireable than Black candidates. In biology, similar racial disparities were seen.

Study Finds Black Principals Increase the Hiring and Retention Rates of Black Teachers

Study Finds Black Principals Increase the Hiring and Retention Rates of Black Teachers

Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville found that Black principals have more success in hiring diverse faculty because they have access to different networks to find diverse teachers and are able to attract qualified Black teachers who prefer to work for Black principals.

Study Finds Blacks With a College Education Are More Likely to Experience Racial Discrimination

Study Finds Blacks With a College Education Are More Likely to Experience Racial Discrimination

The survey found that the majority of all African American respondents reported experiencing discrimination at some point in their life. However, this exposure to discrimination was more pronounced among African Americans with at least some college experience

One-Time Diversity Training Programs Are Ineffective in Changing Behavior, Study Finds

One-Time Diversity Training Programs Are Ineffective in Changing Behavior, Study Finds

The researchers found that although the after-training survey results were positive, the participants behavior in the following months did not change very much, particularly among men and White people. Additionally, very few senior level executives were willing to participate in the training.

Study Finds Historically Redlined Communities Have Higher Rates of Asthma

Study Finds Historically Redlined Communities Have Higher Rates of Asthma

The results found that residents of redlined neighborhoods visited the emergency room for asthma-related complaints 2.4 times more often than residents of green neighborhoods. Measures of diesel particulate matter in the air also averaged nearly twice as high in redlined neighborhoods compared to green neighborhoods.