With the Supreme Court agreeing to hear a case on the race-sensitive admissions program at the University of Texas, it appears that there is a wide variety of opinions on the subject among college students.
One in five adult African Americans over the age of 25 are now college educated. There has been tremendous progress, but a significant racial gap remains.
The committee will develop recommendations for strategies to attract people of color and women to positions in which they have historically been underrepresented.
In the past five years the racial gap has shrunk from 11 percentage points to almost nothing.
Fifteen African American male students from sixth grade classes in Pittsburgh area schools are chosen for the program each year.
Children in Black families who immigrated to the United States are more likely to enroll in selective colleges than the children of White and native-born Black families.
More than 9 percent of all African Americans ages 16 to 24 in October 2009 did not have a high school diploma or the equivalent and were no longer enrolled in school.
Nationwide, the Black student college graduation rate is about 20 percentage points lower than the rate for White students. But at the U.S. service academies the racial gap is much lower.
There was a huge jump in voter participation by young Blacks in 2008. Will the same enthusiasm prevail in 2012?
A University of Michigan study finds that Whites are twice as likely as Blacks to smoke cigarettes.
African-American students were nearly twice as likely as white students to be victims of violent crime in school.
Whites are more likely than Blacks to have wired broadband services in the home.
Blacks are just 5 percent of the undergraduate student body and 4 percent of the faculty but 21 percent of the state's population.
Black youth without health insurance were 59 percent more likely to die than young White patients.
While the nation's unemployment rate dropped, the rates for Black men and Black women both went up.
According to the Stanford University research, 50 years ago, just the opposite was true.
Blacks are far more likely than whites to receive supplemental nutritional assistance.
For black students who matriculated in the fall of 2004, only 43 percent earned their degree within six years.
Blacks with scientific doctorates are more likely than similarly educated whites to work in academia while whites are more likely than blacks to work in the corporate world.
Black and other minority teachers are more likely to leave the profession than other teachers.
Since 1988, the racial gap on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT has increased from 189 points to 208 points.
There were 731,000 more blacks living in poverty in 2010 than was the case in 2009.
In dental school enrollments, the large gender gap in favor of men exists only for whites.
In 2011, 223,000 African American high school seniors took the American College Testing Program's ACT college entrance examination. This is an increase of 47 percent from 2007. While there was a slight improvement from last year's average score of 16.9, this year's score is exactly the same average score that black students achieved in 2007. For whites the average ACT score in 2007 was 22.6. By 2011 the average white score had improved a full point to 23.6.
A new study led by Donna K. Ginther found that black scientists were 13 percentage points less likely than white scientists to win grants from the National Institutes of Health.
After significant improvements in black enrollments at U.S. dental schools, the progress has halted. In the 2009-10 academic year, blacks remained stuck at 5.7 percent of all dental school enrollments, unchanged from 2005.
Black freshman enrollments at the University of South Carolina are up about 8 percent from a year ago, when 287 black freshmen enrolled. While African Americans make up 28 percent of the college-age population in South Carolina, blacks make up only 7 percent of the first-year enrollments at the state's flagship university.
Illinois Launches Official Investigation of Racial Disparities in Education and Other Facets of Life
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation creating the Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African-American Community.
Girls make up nearly half of the total enrollments at the high school level. But only 14 percent of the students in higher education in Rwanda are women.
Project PRE MED will invite black and other minority college students to campus for a weekend this October.
This summer 10 undergraduate students participated in a six-week program at Duke University designed to increase the number of minorities in nursing.
There are 5,500 freshman students this year, an increase of 10 percent from a year ago.
The U.S. Department of Education recently released data on the success rate of the cohort of students who entered higher education in the fall of 2003.
A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that during the recent recession, the wealth gap has grown even wider.
The American Bar Association is considering a new proposal that would call for an 80 percent bar passage rate or a rate that is no more than 10 percentage points below that of other law schools in the state.
A study by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center finds a racial disparity in care for stroke victims.