Research & Studies

Black Americans Living in Racially Segregated Areas at Greater Risk for High Blood Pressure

Black Americans Living in Racially Segregated Areas at Greater Risk for High Blood Pressure

The study followed nearly 2,300 African Americans over a 25-year period. They found that those African Americans who moved to diverse neighborhoods saw a decrease in blood pressure and those that remained in diverse areas saw their blood pressure drop even more.

Old Dominion University Scholar Studying Leadership Issues at HBCUs

Old Dominion University Scholar Studying Leadership Issues at HBCUs

Nearly 60 percent of sitting university presidents are over the age of 60. This presents the question of who will be the next generation of HBCU leaders. Felecia Commodore of Old Dominion University in Norfolk is trying to answer that question.

The Racial Gap in School Discipline Is Widest for Girls

The Racial Gap in School Discipline Is Widest for Girls

The study of middle and high school students in a large urban district by researchers at Indiana University and the University of Kentucky, found that Blacks girls are three times as likely as White girls to be sent to the principal’s office.

Huge Racial Disparity in Prisoners Serving Life Sentences

Huge Racial Disparity in Prisoners Serving Life Sentences

According to a new report from The Sentencing Project, nearly one half of life and virtual life-sentenced prisoners are African American. In Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, and South Carolina two thirds or more are African American.

No Surprise That Black Voting Rates Dipped in 2016: Here Are the Numbers

No Surprise That Black Voting Rates Dipped in 2016: Here Are the Numbers

According to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Black voter turnout decreased by seven percentage points in 2016 from 2012. In 2012, non-Hispanic Blacks were 12.9 percent of all people who cast votes in the presidential election. In 2016, this percentage dropped to 11.9 percent.

Racial Gap in Outcomes for Children Who Lived in Public Housing Have Disappeared

Racial Gap in Outcomes for Children Who Lived in Public Housing Have Disappeared

A new study by two researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has found that Black and White children who grew up in public housing tend to fare similarly in educational attainment, earnings, and employment. This was not the case several decades ago.

Many Qualified, Low-Income Students Are Not Attending Our Best Colleges

Many Qualified, Low-Income Students Are Not Attending Our Best Colleges

A new report from the Center of Education and Workforce at Georgetown University finds that nearly 90,000 students who are eligible for federal Pell Grants for low income families, are qualified to be admitted to the nation’s selective colleges and universities but do not enroll in these institutions.

Employment and Unemployment Rates by Race for Young College Students

Employment and Unemployment Rates by Race for Young College Students

For 16- to 24-year-old Blacks enrolled in college, 7.6 percent were actively seeking work but couldn’t find it. The unemployment rate for White college students in this age group was 5.7 percent.

University Study Links Racial Discrimination to Higher Asthma Rates Among Black Children

University Study Links Racial Discrimination to Higher Asthma Rates Among Black Children

The study found that Black children who reported experiencing some type of racial discrimination were 78 percent more likely to have asthma than their peers who said they had not been discriminated against.

New Report Confirms the Large Racial Gap in College Completion Rates

New Report Confirms the Large Racial Gap in College Completion Rates

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that for students entering college in 2010, more than two thirds of White students, 67.2 percent, earned their degree within six years. This was more than 21 percentage points higher than the degree completion rate for African Americans.

African Americans Have Very Little Presence in Academic Veterinary Medicine

African Americans Have Very Little Presence in Academic Veterinary Medicine

In 2017, there were 12,768 students enrolled in veterinary medicine schools. Blacks were only 2.5 percent of all students enrolled in these schools.

Boston College Reports Address How Race Impacts Economic Opportunity and Mobility

Boston College Reports Address How Race Impacts Economic Opportunity and Mobility

The reports address research related to The Opportunity Project, launched by the Obama administration in 2016. The project was designed to provide data to civic and community leaders on topics such as job creation, housing, transportation and education.

UCLA Study Questions the Strategy of Public Health Officials in Fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa

UCLA Study Questions the Strategy of Public Health Officials in Fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa

Public health officials in Africa have set a goal to diagnose 90 percent of the HIV cases and to treat 90 percent of those diagnosed by the year 2020. But an analysis by researchers at the Center for Biomedical Modeling at UCLA concludes that this strategy won’t work.

University of New Hampshire Study Finds Persisting Racial Gap in Child Poverty

University of New Hampshire Study Finds Persisting Racial Gap in Child Poverty

More than one third of all African American children continue to live in poverty. In 2015, 36.5 percent of all Black children lived in families below the poverty line. This is more than three times the rate for non-Hispanic White children.

The Percentage of Black Teachers in the Nation's Schools Shows a Significant Decline

The Percentage of Black Teachers in the Nation’s Schools Shows a Significant Decline

In 1987 there were 197,900 Black teachers employed by the nation’s elementary and secondary schools. By 2012, this number had grown to 247,900. But shockingly, the percentage of all teachers who were Black dropped from 7.5 percent to 6.4 percent.

African Americans Are More Reluctant Than Others to Take on Student Loan Debt

African Americans Are More Reluctant Than Others to Take on Student Loan Debt

The study, by researchers at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, found that Black students were 7 percent more likely than other students to not consider financial aid packages that had a student loan component.

University Study Finds That Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Be Bullied at Work

University Study Finds That Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Be Bullied at Work

The results of the study, led by researchers at Georgia State University in Atlanta, showed that about one of every five workers reported being subjected to workplace bullying, but that African Americans were bullied at a higher rate than Whites.

Study Finds Colleges Can Share the Blame for the Racial Gap in Graduation Rates

Study Finds Colleges Can Share the Blame for the Racial Gap in Graduation Rates

A new study by researchers at New York University, Florida State University, and Southern Methodist University finds that more than 60 percent of the racial gap in college completion rates may be attributed to factors that occur before college.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

More than one third, 37.3 percent, of non-Hispanic Whites over the age of 25, have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. For African American adults, 23.3 percent have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida recently released its annual report on racial equality in college athletics. The scorecard gave a grade of C+ for racial diversity in college’s sport programs.

Strong Racial Identity Can Help Adolescents Seek Out More Diverse Friendships

Strong Racial Identity Can Help Adolescents Seek Out More Diverse Friendships

A study by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona finds that middle school boys who are secure in their racial identity are more likely to seek out friends in other racial and ethnic groups. Not so for middle school girls.

White Families With Children Are Major Contributors to School Segregation

White Families With Children Are Major Contributors to School Segregation

A new study by sociologists at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles finds that White families with children tended to seek out neighborhoods where their children would attend public school that are predominantly White.

How Racial Bias Can Impact the Quality of Health Care Received by Black Men

How Racial Bias Can Impact the Quality of Health Care Received by Black Men

A study conducted at the School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia found that bias and fear of Black men by health care professionals tended to lead to lower quality of care for African American men.

How School Choice Is Increasing Racial Segregation in Public Education

How School Choice Is Increasing Racial Segregation in Public Education

In a study of 8,000 students who switched from public schools to charter schools, Black and Latino students tended to move to charter schools that were more racially isolated than the public schools they left.

University of Virginia Study Shows Black Students Thrive With Demanding Teachers

University of Virginia Study Shows Black Students Thrive With Demanding Teachers

Teachers who expect a lot of their students academically, lead a very well-organized classroom, and make students feel supported in their efforts are the ones that produce the most success from their African American students.

UNLV Study Finds That Motorists Are Less Likely to Yield to Black Pedestrians Than to Whites

UNLV Study Finds That Motorists Are Less Likely to Yield to Black Pedestrians Than to Whites

The results showed that 20.6 percent of motorists did not yield to the Black pedestrian in a crosswalk compared to 2.9 percent of the White pedestrians. The racial disparity was greater in a high-income neighborhood compared to a low-income neighborhood.

UCLA-Led Survey Examines Racial Differences in Public Policy Views

UCLA-Led Survey Examines Racial Differences in Public Policy Views

A major survey conducted after the 2016 election led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows widespread racial differences in public policy issues involving health care, climate change, federal spending, immigration, education, and other issues.

Study Finds a Bias in the Perception of the Size and Threat of Black Men

Study Finds a Bias in the Perception of the Size and Threat of Black Men

People have a tendency to perceive Black men as larger and more threatening than similarly sized White men, according to new research. This may explain why Black men are more likely to be shot by police, the study says.

An Ambitious Blueprint for Equity in Higher Education

An Ambitious Blueprint for Equity in Higher Education

The report from the organization Young Invincibles, makes a series of recommendations on revamping the Pell Grant system, making it easier to repay student loans, offering more child care services on campus, and stronger protections for students against for-profit educational institutions.

Study Finds Blacks Far More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Crimes

Study Finds Blacks Far More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Crimes

The National Registry of Exonerations examined the cases of 1,900 defendants who were convicted of crimes between 1989 and 2016 and later exonerated. They found that 47 percent of these exonerated defendants were African Americans.

Study Shows Racial Gap in Medical Honor Society Membership

Study Shows Racial Gap in Medical Honor Society Membership

A new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine finds that White medical school students were nearly six times as likely as Black students to be chosen as members of Alpha Omega Alpha.

University Study Finds School Discipline Policies Unfairly Impact Black Girls

University Study Finds School Discipline Policies Unfairly Impact Black Girls

The authors point out that Black girls have a higher rate of suspensions than girls from any other racial or ethnic group and have a higher rate of suspension than for boys, except for African Americans and American Indians.

Report Urges Continued Investment in Public Higher Education To Eliminate Racial Disparities

Report Urges Continued Investment in Public Higher Education To Eliminate Racial Disparities

In a new report, the Center for American Progress outlines persisting racial disparities in American education and calls for continued investment in the nation’s public schools in an effort to eliminate these disparities.

Blacks Make Up a Disproportionate Share of Enrollments at For-Profit Postsecondary Schools

Blacks Make Up a Disproportionate Share of Enrollments at For-Profit Postsecondary Schools

At two-year colleges and schools, Blacks are 16 percent of all students at two-year, state-operated community colleges. But Africans Americans are 22 percent of all students at two-year, for-profit colleges.

Doctoral Awards at HBCUs Decline Slightly in 2015

Doctoral Awards at HBCUs Decline Slightly in 2015

In 2015, 431 doctorates were awarded by historically Black colleges and universities. A year ago, the 448 doctorates awarded by HBCUs was the highest total since JBHE began tracking this statistic. This year there was a small 3.8 percent decline in doctorates awarded by HBCUs.

The Education Trust Examines the Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Education Trust Examines the Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The report identifies 18 universities where the Black graduation rate is either higher than the rate for White students or is only slight lower than the rate for White students. In contrast, the report identifies 21 universities where the graduation rate gap is very large.