Despite high test scores and access to higher education, Black students often attend poorly-funded colleges and receive certificates instead of earning degrees, according to a recent report.
The report titled “Separate and Unequal,” by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that, “white students are increasingly concentrated today, relative to population share, in the nation’s 468 most well-funded, selective four-year colleges and universities while African-American and Hispanic students are more and more concentrated in the 3,250 least well-funded, open-access, two- and four-year colleges.”
According to the report, Black freshman enrollment increased by 73 percent compared to 15 percent for white freshman from 1995-2009, but 72 percent of Black college students attend resource-bare schools.
“The American postsecondary system increasingly has become a dual system of racially separate pathways, even as overall minority access to the postsecondary system has grown dramatically,” said Jeff Strohl, one of the report’s co-authors and the research director at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Blacks were underrepresented at the nation’s top schools by eight percentage points, whites were overrepresented by 13 percentage points compared to their share of the college age (18-24 years-old) population, the study found.
Blacks accounted for just seven percent of freshmen student enrollment at the best 468 colleges and universities in the nation, compared to white students who captured a 75 percent share of the students attending top schools.
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