A new analysis published by the Pew Research Center finds that although some progress has been made in diversifying the faculty at colleges and universities in the United States, much more needs to be done.
To demonstrate this point, in 2017, 76 percent of all faculty at degree-granting postsecondary institutions were White. But only 55 percent of all students were White. Over the past two decades the percentage of non-White faculty increased from 14 percent to 24 percent while the percentage of non-White students increased from 28 percent to 45 percent.
Blacks made up 6 percent of all faculty members in 2017 but were 14 percent of all enrolled students. For Black faculty, the progress in snail-like. In 1997, Blacks made up 5 percent of all college and university faculty, compared to 6 percent 20 years later in 2017. At this rate of progress, the percentage of Blacks on the faculties of American colleges and universities would not reach parity with the percentage of Black enrollments for 160 years.
The full study, “College Faculty Have Become More Racially and Ethnically Diverse, but Remain Far Less So Than Students,” may be viewed here.