Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black America Status Report Finds Good and Bad News

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black America Status Report Finds Good and Bad News

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WASHINGTON

The National Urban League's annual overview on the state of Black America -- a report that largely details the disparities among Blacks and Whites in this country -- has some good and bad news.

The bad news?

One of the most troubling gaps doesn't divide Black and White: It is the gulf between Black men and Black women in educational attainment, according to the report, released here last month.

The number of Blacks in college has surged by 43 percent since the 1970s. But Black women have far outpaced Black men in both undergraduate and graduate school settings (see Black Issues, June 22).

Between 1977 and 1997, the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Black men increased 30 percent, while the number increased by 77 percent for Black women. For master's degrees, the increases were 8 percent for Black men and 39 percent for women.

"The numerical status of African American men in higher education is a cause for concern," the report says. …

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