Research & Studies

New Report Shows Blacks Still Lag in Degree Attainments

New Report Shows Blacks Still Lag in Degree Attainments

In the 2015-16 academic year, Blacks earned 10.2 percent of all degrees granted by four-year educational institutions in the United States. Blacks women outpaced Black men by a large margin at all levels of degree attainment.

Is Federal Graduation Rate Data Unfair to HBCUs?

Is Federal Graduation Rate Data Unfair to HBCUs?

A new report from the American Council on Education shows that the methodology used by the U.S. Department of Education to compute the graduation rate at HBCUs paints an unfair picture of the performance of these educational institutions in graduating their students.

New Research Shows Blacks and Other Minorities Receive Unequal Mortgage Services

New Research Shows Blacks and Other Minorities Receive Unequal Mortgage Services

A new study conducted at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan finds that Black and other minority customers experience inferior and possibly unfair service from retail banks on mortgage products.

Survey Finds Widespread Racial and Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Survey Finds Widespread Racial and Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Researchers surveyed a large group of professionals and found that 39 percent of all respondents reported that they had been verbally harassed and 9 percent stated that they have been physically harassed at work within the past five years. Women of color were the most likely to be victims.

Study Finds Record Labels Glorify Antisocial Themes But Consumers Prefer Prosocial Music

Study Finds Record Labels Glorify Antisocial Themes But Consumers Prefer Prosocial Music

Antisocial themes appeared 47 percent more frequently in songs at the top of the Billboard charts than in the songs popular on Facebook. And for the songs more popular on Facebook, pro-social themes appeared 16.5 percent more frequently than in the songs popular on the Billboard charts.

New Census Study Looks at Status of African and Caribbean Immigrant Groups

New Census Study Looks at Status of African and Caribbean Immigrant Groups

Perhaps the most interesting statistic in the report is that more than 61 percent of all people living in the United States with Nigerian ancestry who are 25 or older have at least a bachelor’s degree.

University of Washington Scholar Maps Urban Sprawl and White Flight

University of Washington Scholar Maps Urban Sprawl and White Flight

As U.S. metropolitan areas have grown between 1990 and 2010, all racial and ethnic groups have tended to move away from city centers. But the data shows that Blacks have tended to migrate to inner-ring suburbs whereas Whites have moved to the outskirts.

Georgetown University Study Finds That Black Girls Are Being Robbed of Their Childhood

Georgetown University Study Finds That Black Girls Are Being Robbed of Their Childhood

A new report from the Center on Poverty and Inequality at the Georgetown University Law Center finds that adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their White peers, especially in the age range of 5-14.

Tracking the Educational Progress of Black Millennials

Tracking the Educational Progress of Black Millennials

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a new report on the progress made by students who were sophomores in high school in the year 2002 over the next decade. The report reveals several differences between Black and White students that may be of interest.

UCLA Study Finds Middle Schoolers Are Happier in Diverse School Settings

UCLA Study Finds Middle Schoolers Are Happier in Diverse School Settings

A new study by psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that middle school students from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds feel safer, less lonely, and less bullied if they attend diverse schools.

New York City Public Schools Make Progress in College Readiness But Racial Gap Remains

New York City Public Schools Make Progress in College Readiness But Racial Gap Remains

For Black students in ninth grade in 2008, 76.6 percent graduated from high school and 56.3 percent enrolled in college. For White students in the ninth grade in 2008, 82 percent graduated from high school and 71 percent enrolled in college.

Stanford University Report Documents Persisting Racial Inequality in the United States

Stanford University Report Documents Persisting Racial Inequality in the United States

The study finds that despite gains in educational attainments for African Americans and other underrepresented groups, profound and persisting inequalities exist in the United States in areas such as employment, health and housing.

Widespread Job Losses in a Community Impact College Attendance Patterns

Widespread Job Losses in a Community Impact College Attendance Patterns

Researchers at Duke University found that simple economics aren’t the only factor at play. Widespread job losses for parents and guardians also trigger adolescent emotional problems and poor academic performance, which, in turn, puts college out of reach.

Youth Binge Drinking Is Declining But Less So for Black Adolescents

Youth Binge Drinking Is Declining But Less So for Black Adolescents

A new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that the rate of binge drinking among adolescents is dropping. The bad news is that decline in binge drinking among Black youth has not been as significant as it has been for other racial and ethnic groups.

Stanford University Study Develops Method to Quantify Racial Bias in Traffic Stops

Stanford University Study Develops Method to Quantify Racial Bias in Traffic Stops

The intellectual heart of the project involved the development of a more nuanced and statistically valid way to infer racial or ethnic discrimination after a person is pulled over for a traffic stop.

New Report Examines the Status of Black Women in the United States

New Report Examines the Status of Black Women in the United States

A new report, issued by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, finds that despite significant progress in higher education, voter participation, and business ownership, Black women continue to lag behind other women in many socioeconomic indicators.

University of Connecticut Study Finds Racial Differences in Coping With Overweight Stigma

University of Connecticut Study Finds Racial Differences in Coping With Overweight Stigma

The study asked a large group of adults if they had been treated unfairly, discriminated against, or made fun of because of their weight and how they coped with these experiences. The researchers found that Blacks were less likely than Whites to blame themselves for being overweight.

New York University Scholar Examines Teacher Racial Bias and Academic Expectations

New York University Scholar Examines Teacher Racial Bias and Academic Expectations

A study by an assistant professor of education at New York University finds that public school English and mathematics teachers tend to underestimate the academic abilities of African Americans and other students of color and this tends to impact their grades.

Study Finds That Racial Disparity in Heart Attack Mortality Impacted by Hospital Overcrowding

Study Finds That Racial Disparity in Heart Attack Mortality Impacted by Hospital Overcrowding

Researchers found that Black patients were 19 percent more likely to die within 90 days after suffering a heart attack than White patients. And the study appears to show that part of the reason is that they did not receive timely hospital care after the heart attack due to overcrowding.

Higher Education Does Not Improve Health Indicators for All Racial Groups

Higher Education Does Not Improve Health Indicators for All Racial Groups

A University of Michigan led study reveals that Black men with higher education did not show better indicators of body mass index, sleep patterns, or physical activity. Higher education did not show a benefit for improving body mass index for Black women.

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

Many HBCUs are affiliated with conservative religious organizations. Given this fact, it is no surprise that African-American students at these colleges are more likely to hold some conservative views and positions than African-American college students generally.

Racial Differences in School Safety and Discipline

Racial Differences in School Safety and Discipline

Clearly, schools where students feel safe, are not bullied, and are not subjected daily to intimidation, violence, and drugs are schools that will be more conducive to learning and preparing students for college. But there are significant racial disparities in school safety.

Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

The authors of the study say that the rankings tend to produce conformity, with lower-ranked educational institutions trying to emulate their higher-ranked peers.

How Higher Education Impacts the Likelihood of Interracial Marriage

How Higher Education Impacts the Likelihood of Interracial Marriage

For African Americans, the likelihood of interracial marriage increases as they move up the educational ladder. And the gender gap in interracial marriage rates for African Americans is more pronounced at higher education levels.

Eliminating the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Is Achievable, University Study Says

Eliminating the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Is Achievable, University Study Says

A new study shows that in 18 states, the racial gap in infant mortality rates is on track to be eliminated by the year 2050. The study notes that if the racial gap was eliminated, an estimated 4,000 lives of Black babies would be saved.

Berkeley Psychologist Looks to End Bias in School Discipline

Berkeley Psychologist Looks to End Bias in School Discipline

Jason Okonofua, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley has developed an online intervention program that allows school teachers to examine their implicit racial bias before handing out punishment for students in need of discipline.

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.