There have been a great number of studies done on racial disparities in access to college and on graduation rates of those who do attend college. But a new report from the Center for American Progress finds that there are large racial disparities that exist even among those who complete college.
* Blacks are far more likely than Whites to have attended and graduated for-profit colleges and less likely to have attended four-year public or nonprofit institutions.
* Blacks also are more likely than Whites to have graduated from institutions that have less money to spend on offering a quality education.
* Blacks are more likely than Whites to graduate from institutions that have lower average SAT scores, lower faculty salaries, lower retention rates for first-year students, and higher student-faculty ratios.
* Blacks are significantly underrepresented in important fields such as engineering, mathematics and statistics, and the physical sciences.
* White students are more than twice as likely as Black students to graduate with degrees in physical sciences, mathematics, and statistics.
* If Black and Hispanic bachelor’s degree recipients were as likely to major in engineering as White students, this country would have produced 20,000 more engineers from 2013 through 2015.
* White men earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering at more than 11 times the rate of Black women.
The authors of the report conclude that “finding a path to equity in the types of credentials students get is not only a moral imperative for this country but is also crucial to its future success.”
The full report, The Neglected College Race Gap: Racial Disparities Among College Completers, may be downloaded by clicking here.