Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Recent Trends in Black Higher Education


Dr. Manning Marble

For generations, African American parents have told their children that the surest path to professional advancement is a college education. The good news is that millions of African Americans are attending colleges, and thousands more are enrolled in graduate and professional schools. But in the aftermath of the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger Supreme Court decision, and legislative and electoral assaults on affirmative action, a decidedly mixed picture emerges on the state of Blacks in higher education.

First, some positive news. According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (Winter 2007-2008 issue), as of 2007, about 4 million African Americans hold a bachelor’s degree, representing 18.5 percent of all Blacks 25 years and older. Of that group, nearly one million (952,000) also hold master’s degrees. About 166,000 African Americans have earned professional degrees in fields such as medicine, business, engineering and law. And approximately 111,000 Blacks in America now hold PhD’s.

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2 comments:

DNLee said...

thanks for sharing.

Villager said...

DN Lee - Thanks for taking time to comment. We get so few comments on this blog ... sometimes I wonder if anyone is reading this stuff?!? (sigh)...