Fields Where African Americans Earn Few or No Doctoral Degrees

Blacks are vastly underrepresented among doctoral degree recipients in some disciplines. For example, in 2016 African Americans earned only 1.8 percent of all doctorates awarded in physics to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

The Persisting Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates at Flagship State Universities

At 21 flagship state universities in states with large Black populations, 15 have a racial graduation rate gap of 10 or more percentage points. The widest gap is at the University of Mississippi. There the Black graduation rate of 42 percent is 23 percentage points below the rate for White students.

Graduation Rates of Students at State-Operated Historically Black Universities

A few of the nation's private historically Black colleges and universities have achieved progress in graduating their Black students. But at most of the nation's state-operated historically Black colleges and universities, the graduation rates remain very low.

Healing Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCU Preservation Foundation's Stan Ashemore asks, "Why are we not there for HBCUs now as they were for us so many years ago?"

The Large Racial Gap in Educational Attainment Rates, Particularly for Men

In 2021, 28.7 percent of African Americans over the age of 25 had obtained at least a bachelor's degree. For Whites, the figure was 41.9 percent. White men were nearly twice as likely as Black men to hold an advanced degree.

Report Urges Greater Efforts to Boost Opportunities for African Americans in Doctoral Programs

In 1980, Black doctoral earners received about 40 percent of the doctorates they would have received if the percentage of doctorates equaled the Black percentage of the population. There has been significant improvement in the share of doctorates awarded to Black people, now at about four-fifths of what racial parity would call for. But more wok needs to be done.

Addressing the Very Low Numbers of African Americans Earning Doctorates in Geography

A study by researchers at Michigan State University found that between 1997 and 2019, 4,918 doctoral degrees were awarded by U.S. universities in the discipline of geography. Only 86 of these doctorates, or 1.64 percent, were awarded to African Americans. The differential awarding of degrees was related to the differential funding by race to support the completion of doctoral degrees in the field.

The Persistent Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

In 2022, 27.6 percent of African Americans over the age of 25 had obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. For non-Hispanic Whites, the figure was 48.2 percent. Some 10.1 percent of Black adults held a graduate or professional degree compared to 15.7 percent of non-Hispanic Whites.

Study Ranks States by Disparities in Racial Equality in Education

The results showed that most of the states that had achieved the greatest equality were states with small Black populations. In contrast, Wisconsin had the most racial inequality in education outcomes. Minnesota, Connecticut, New York, and Nebraska were in the bottom five.

The Number of African American Doctorates Reaches an All-Time High

Recent data from the National Science Foundation reveals that 2,647 African Americans earned doctorates from U.S. universities in 2022. This is the highest number ever recorded. African Americans earned 7.5 percent of all doctorates awarded to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of this country.

Academic Fields Where Blacks Earned Few or No Doctoral Degrees in 2022

In 2022, African Americans earned 1.2 percent of all mathematics and statistics doctorates, 1.2 percent of all doctorates in computer science, 1.7 percent of all doctorates in chemistry, and only 1.7 percent of all doctorates awarded in engineering disciplines.

Report Reveals Black Students Significantly More Likely to Drop Out of Postsecondary Education

In analyzing data of postsecondary education among students who were in ninth-grade in 2009, the study found Black students were significantly less likely than their White peers to enroll in and complete all levels of postsecondary education.

Report Finds Racial Disparities in Educational Attainment and Access in the United States

Over the past 20 years, Black Americans have made significant progress in educational attainment, but racial disparities remain in certain areas of postsecondary education.

The Persisting Racial Gap in College Student Graduation Rates

In 2013 the graduation rate for Black students at the nation's largest universities that participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I is 44 percent. This is 22 percentage points below the rate for Whites.

A Check-Up of Blacks in U.S. Medical Schools

Over the first decade of the 21st century, the Black percentage of all U.S. medical school graduates has declined.

Honorary Degrees Given to Blacks by Leading Liberal Arts Colleges in 2012

The nation's highest-ranked liberal arts colleges gave out 16 honorary degrees to Blacks this spring. Last year only 12 Blacks received honorary degrees from this same group of liberal arts colleges.

Addressing the Racial Divide in STEM Education

The data suggests that attracting Black students to STEM fields is not the problem but keeping them there is a major concern.

New Data Shows a Wide Racial Disparity in the GPAs of College Graduates

Whites were more than twice as likely as Blacks to graduate with grade point averages better than 3.5. Blacks were nearly three times as likely as Whites to graduate with a GPA of less than 2.5.

A Decline in Doctoral Degree Awards for African Americans

The number of African Americans earning doctorates has declined in each of the past two years, after reaching an all-time high in 2009. Over the last decade, the percentage of all doctoral degree awards that were earned by Blacks has stagnated at close to 6 percent.

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Nursing Degree Programs

According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Black have made tremendous progress over the past decade in increasing their percentage of students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

The Medical Schools With the Highest Percentage of Graduates Who Are Black

There are 12 predominantly White medical schools where Blacks made up at least 10 percent of the 2011 graduating class. There were nine medical schools in the United States in 2011 that did not graduate a single Black physician.

The First Graduate of the UConn Medical School from the Rowe Health Scholars Program

The program, funded by the Aetna Foundation, is aimed at increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who pursue careers in the healthcare field.

Penn State Creates New Doctoral Degree Program in African American Studies

According to the university's count, Penn State will be the 12th university in the United States to offer doctoral degrees in African American studies.

Dispelling the Myth of the “Dumb Black Jock” in College Athletics

It is likely that the financial aid provided by an athletic scholarship is a critical factor in enabling many black student athletes to stay in school.

Huge Increase in Black Male Graduation Rates at Ohio State University

Over the past five years the graduation rate for Black male students at Ohio State University in Columbus has increased by 24 percentage points and now stands at 67 percent. The average at the university's peer institutions is 60 percent.

Black Student Graduation Rates at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

JBHE research has found 18 high-ranking colleges and universities that have Black student graduation rates that have averaged over 90 percent over the past four years.

The Discouraging Trend in Graduation Rates at HBCUs

Prior research has shown that the major reason that Black students drop out of college is money. And many HBCUs, as well as the families who send their students to these schools, have faced difficult economic times.

No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Doctoral Degrees

In 2012, African Americans earned 2,079 doctoral degrees. This was 6.3 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. In 2002, African Americans also earned 6.3 percent of all doctoral degrees.

The Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

At publicly operated colleges and universities, 39.7 percent of Blacks earned their bachelor's degrees within six years from the same institution at which they enrolled in 2006 compared to 60.2 percent of Whites.

Racial Differences in Educational Funding for Doctoral Recipients

According to data on students who earned doctoral degrees in 2012, nearly 40 percent of African American doctoral recipients funded their education through their own resources compared to 21 percent of Whites.

Black Student Among the First Five Doctoral Degree Recipients at Georgia College & State...

Chioma Okereke is one of the five women in the first cohort of graduates of the university's doctor of nuring practice degree program. She has been hired to a nursing faculty position at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Florida State Won the Game, But Auburn Wins in the Classroom

Florida State University won the national championship in college football. But the success on the field has not been matched in the classroom for Black football players. As a result, the university is beefing up academic support for student athletes.

North Carolina A&T State University to Offer MBA Degree Program

Up to now the university has offered a master of science degree program in management. The MBA program, which will being this fall, will offer concentrations in accounting, human resource management and supply chain systems.

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