Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

New Report Illuminates California's Growing Higher Education Inequities

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

New Report Illuminates California's Growing Higher Education Inequities

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"Stony the Road We Trod" is the first comprehensive look at higher education outcomes for African American students across California's elementary, high school and college levels. The report highlights several disturbing facts, such as California Black males are 3 percent of the state's overall population, 25 percent of its prison population and 1 percent of its college population.

The report has helped focus the attention of a growing number of African American education stakeholders. Young Black Scholars, a college prep project of 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, is mobilizing beyond the awareness phase and forming a statewide coalition to address three areas critical to increasing the numbers of African American college graduates: college prep, admissions and retention.

Specifically, Young Black Scholars' goals are: to expand awareness about the status of African American students in California; to help eliminate the achievement gaps between California's African American students and their peers; and to help increase the number of African Americans graduating from California colleges and universities.

"As a seasoned researcher, I've unearthed many disturbing socio-economic facts from time to time. …

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