In 2011, Blacks Earned 9.9 Percent of All Degrees Awarded by Four-Year Institutions

The U.S. Department of Education has released preliminary data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) on the number of degrees earned during the 2010-11 academic year. The data covers all Title IV institutions in the United States. This group includes any institution that meets the requirements for participation in federal student financial aid programs. The number of Title IV institutions submitting IPEDS data was 7,398. This includes 3,469 for-profit, private educational institutions and schools.

The data showed that Blacks earned 286,597 degrees at four-year institutions during the 2010-2011 academic year. This was slightly less than 10 percent of all degrees awarded. Blacks earned 19.3 percent of the more than 332,000 degrees awarded at for-profit schools and educational institutions.

At two-year community colleges and schools, Blacks earned 11.4 percent of the more than 652,000 degrees awarded.

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