Blacks Increase College Ranks

By Janice, Elizabeth | Black Enterprise, June 1992 | Go to article overview

Blacks Increase College Ranks


Janice, Elizabeth, Black Enterprise


After years of declining enrollment in institutions of higher education, minorities--particularly African-Americans--have begun to reverse the trend. A study released by the American Council on Education (ACE) in February shows increases in minority high school and college completion rates. "The Tenth Annual Status Report on Minorities in Higher Education" illustrates that this progress is closing the gap between the educational attainment of blacks and whites.

"We are pleased about the upturn," says Reginald Wilson, Ph.D., senior scholar at ACE and coauthor of the study. "However, we'll have to wait a few years to see if this is a real trend."

According to the study, in 1985, 26.1% of black high school graduates, age 18 to 24, were enrolled in college. By 1990, that percentage had grown to 33%. By comparison, the percentage of white graduates increased from 34.4% to 39.4% during the same period.

According to the 1991 Statistical Report of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), also released in February, the greatest impact of the increases in black college enrollment was felt at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Enrollment at UNCF schools increased by 17% between 1986 and 1990, compared to an enrollment increase of 12% at all U. …

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