Research & Studies

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.

How Hate-Speech at School Can Lead to Poor Academic Outcomes

How Hate-Speech at School Can Lead to Poor Academic Outcomes

The report documents that students who were called a hate-related word at school felt more fear, practiced more avoidance behaviors, stayed home more from school due to fear, and generally skipped classes more than students who were not called a hate-related word.

Academic Study Finds Blacks More Likely Than Whites to Support Teaching Creationism in Schools

Academic Study Finds Blacks More Likely Than Whites to Support Teaching Creationism in Schools

In a survey of nearly 10,000 participants, the authors found that a higher percentage of Black (58 percent) and Latino Americans (57 percent) compared to Whites (44 percent) support teaching creationism in the classroom instead of (but not alongside) evolution.

Washington University Study Shows an Alarming Trend in Suicide Attempts by Black Adolescents

Washington University Study Shows an Alarming Trend in Suicide Attempts by Black Adolescents

Historically, Black adolescents were less like to commit suicide or to try to commit suicide than their White peers. This is still the case. But a new study finds that while suicide attempts have dropped for most groups, they are on the rise for Black adolescents.

Study Finds That HBCUs Get Shortchanged in Traditional College Rankings

Study Finds That HBCUs Get Shortchanged in Traditional College Rankings

A new study led by Precious M. Hardy, a doctoral student in educational psychology at the University of Missouri, find that HBCUs do quite well in comparison to predominantly White colleges in the performance of their students when socioeconomic factors of the students are the same.

Targeted Educational Programs Can Improve Educational Outcomes for Black Males

Targeted Educational Programs Can Improve Educational Outcomes for Black Males

A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that targeted educational programs geared toward young Black males can have a significant positive impact on lowering their high school dropout rates and raising their high school graduation rates.

New Analysis Looks at Admission Rates by Race at Virginia's Public Universities

New Analysis Looks at Admission Rates by Race at Virginia’s Public Universities

According to the report, when comparing applicants to the University of Virginia who had similar test scores on college entrance examinations and high school grade point averages, 74 percent of Black applicants were admitted compared to only 30 percent of White applicants.

Georgetown University Study Finds the Deck Is Stacked Against Black Workers

Georgetown University Study Finds the Deck Is Stacked Against Black Workers

New research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that White workers have benefited from historical and systemic educational and economic advantages to build a disproportionate edge in the educational pipeline and the workforce that will continue to last for decades.

Racial Differences in Children's Perception of the Intelligence of Men and Women

Racial Differences in Children’s Perception of the Intelligence of Men and Women

A new study conducted by New York University finds that children of all races are more likely to think of White men as ” brilliant” compared to White women. But the study found that children of all races do not extend this stereotype to African American men and women.

School Choice in the United States by Racial and Ethnic Groups

School Choice in the United States by Racial and Ethnic Groups

In 2016, 3.3 percent of all students ages 5 to 17 were homeschooled. For African Americans, 1.9 percent of all students ages 5 to 17 were homeschooled. African Americans made up 15.3 percent of all students in the nation’s public schools. But Blacks were 26.5 percent of all students enrolled in public charter schools.

New Report Offers Statistics on Pell Grant Recipients by Racial and Ethnic Group

New Report Offers Statistics on Pell Grant Recipients by Racial and Ethnic Group

More than 57 percent of African American undergraduate students received a federal Pell grant in the 2015-16 academic year. For White undergraduates, 31.5 percent of all undergraduates received a federal Pell grant. Blacks received 22.7 percent of all Pell Grants in the 2015-16 academic year.

Study Finds That HBCUs Pay A Premium to Underwrite Tax-Exempt Bonds

Study Finds That HBCUs Pay A Premium to Underwrite Tax-Exempt Bonds

A recent study found that historically Black colleges and universities pay higher fees to underwriters than other colleges and universities to secure tax-exempt bonds for major projects. The authors conclude that racism plays a role in these higher fees.

Examining the Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in the United States

Examining the Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in the United States

If we look at total enrollments in U.S. graduate schools, we find that in 2018, there were 1,869,845 students. Of these, 190,224, or 10.2 percent were African Americans. Women made up 69.5 percent of all African American graduate school enrollments.

New Report Offers Data on Race/Ethnicity of Pell Grant Recipients

New Report Offers Data on Race/Ethnicity of Pell Grant Recipients

Federal Pell grants are financial awards provided to undergraduate students who demonstrate significant financial need. More than 57 percent of African American undergraduate students received a federal Pell grant in the 2015-16 academic year. For White students, 31.3 percent of all undergraduates received a Pell grant.

Report Finds HBCUs Do a Great Job in Aiding the Upward Economic Mobility of Their Graduates

Report Finds HBCUs Do a Great Job in Aiding the Upward Economic Mobility of Their Graduates

A key finding of the report from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University in New Jersey is that despite the fact that many students at HBCUs come from low-income families, nearly 70 percent of students at HBCUs attain at least middle-class incomes after graduation.

Department of Education Study Shows Racial Differences in Crime Victimization at Schools

Department of Education Study Shows Racial Differences in Crime Victimization at Schools

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that during the 2016-17 school year, 2.6 percent of Black students in the 12-to-18 age group with victimized by crime compared to 2.2 percent of Whites. Blacks were slightly less likely than Whites to be victims of violent crime while at school.

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

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

Nearly half of all Black test takers did not meet the minimum benchmark for college or career readiness in either reading or mathematics. For Whites, the figure was 18 percent.

Black Women Have the Highest Voting Rates Among U.S. College Students

Black Women Have the Highest Voting Rates Among U.S. College Students

African American college students raised their voting rate by more than 18 percentage points between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections. Among college students, Black women had the highest voting rate of any racial or ethnic group.

Stanford University Research Finds Persisting Racial Segregation in Public Schools

Stanford University Research Finds Persisting Racial Segregation in Public Schools

Analyzing data on all public schools in the United States from 2008 to 2016, Stanford University researchers conclude that “racial segregation appears to be harmful because it concentrates minority students in high-poverty schools, which are, on average, less effective than lower-poverty schools.”

Racial Inequities in the Financing of Graduate Education in the United States

Racial Inequities in the Financing of Graduate Education in the United States

The good news is that African Americans have greatly increased their percentage of graduate student enrollments. The bad news is that a large share of African American students are taking on debt to finance their graduate education.

Report Finds "Non-Glaring" Racial Differences in Criminal Prosecutions

Report Finds “Non-Glaring” Racial Differences in Criminal Prosecutions

Researchers from Florida International University examined nearly 87,000 prosecutions in Hillsborough County, Florida. Although there were some differences between racial groups, the disparities were not glaring, researchers found.

University Study Finds Racial Gap in Dentist Visits by Older Americans

University Study Finds Racial Gap in Dentist Visits by Older Americans

The study asked more than 20,000 adults over the age of 51 if they had visited a dentist over the past two years. Some 71 percent of participants responded yes. But there was a significant difference between Blacks and Whites.

The Persisting Racial Wealth Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The Persisting Racial Wealth Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

New Census data shows that the median net worth of non-Hispanic White households was $139,300 in 2015. For Black households, the median net worth was $12,780. Thus, the median net worth of White households was nearly 11 times the median net worth of Black households.

Manipulating School District Boundaries Has Increased Racial Segregation

Manipulating School District Boundaries Has Increased Racial Segregation

A new study published by the American Educational Research Association shows that since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted White and Black students weakening the potential to improve school racial integration.

Racism and "Categorical Manipulation" in Disability Status in Education

Racism and “Categorical Manipulation” in Disability Status in Education

A new study from the University of Kansas shows that when groups who have enjoyed status and prestige for a long time are forced to accept outsiders into their customary categories, they can move down to what formerly was a less prime slot and use their influence to redefine the terms of categorization.