The National Science Foundation has released new data on doctoral recipients at U.S. universities in 2011. The annual Survey of Earned Doctorates reports that there were 48,988 doctoral degrees awarded at these universities in 2011. Of these, 1,953, went to African Americans or Blacks who are permanent residents of the United States. Another 430 doctorates were awarded by U.S. universities to Black students who are not American citizens or permanent residents of this country. African American doctoral degree recipients made up 6.1 percent of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who earned doctorates at U.S. universities.
The number of African Americans earning doctorates has declined in each of the past two years, after reaching an all-time high in 2009. Yet over the past decade there still has been a 12.7 percent increase in the number of Blacks earning doctoral awards. But the percentage of all doctoral degree awards that were earned by Blacks has stagnated at close to 6 percent.