Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Females Drive Enrollment Surge at Mississippi Universities

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Females Drive Enrollment Surge at Mississippi Universities

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JACKSON, Miss. -Minority enrollment at Mississippi's predominantly White universities is on the rise, and statistics indicate that the main reason is because of a surge in the number of Black female students.

Mississippi's eight universities have increased their overall enrollment from 58.000 students in 1993 to 62,240 this year. according to statistics compiled by the state College Board staff. In statistical breakdowns by race and gender, Black females the past five years have consistently produced the largest percentage enrollment gains each year. Enrollment increased by 2.2 percent in 1994 and 5.7 percent in 1995. The increases moderated at about 4 percent the past two years.

"We believe that part of the increase has to do with the economy and the fact that it is good, and the men may be working while the women have decided to go back to school," said Pam Meyer, assistant state higher education commissioner. "We also believe that larger numbers are coming to us from the community colleges."

Mississippi University for Women has experienced the largest gains of Black females of any of the five predominantly White Mississippi universities in the past five years. …

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