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Factual Fridays: Black Higher Education by the Numbers

April 10th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

Here are a few fun facts about Black folks in higher education to take you into the weekend:

  • By 2007, approximately 4 million African Americans (or 18.5% of all Blacks) held at least a bachelor’s degree.  (Source: Journal of Blacks in Higher Education [BHE]by way of The Black Commentator).
  • Percentage of all African Americans ages 18 to 24 who were enrolled in college in 1981: 19.9%. (Source: Journal of Blacks in Higher Education [JBHE]).
  • Percentage of all African Americans ages 18 to 24 who were enrolled in college a quarter-century later in 2006: 32.6%. (Source: Journal of Blacks in Higher Education [JBHE]).
  • Percentage of all master’s degrees awarded at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities in 2006 that were awarded to women: 72.5%. (Source: Journal of Blacks in Higher Education [JBHE]).
  • Percentage of white parents of preschool children in 2007 who read to their children every day: 67%. (Source: JBHE).
  • Percentage of black parents of preschool children in 2007 who read to their children every day: 35%. (Source: JBHE)

…and this week’s most surprising/heartening (?) set of facts about Blacks and higher education:

  • Median earnings in 2006 of a white American aged 25 to 34 who held a bachelor’s degree but no higher degree: $45,000. (Source: JBHE)
  • Median earnings in 2006 of an African American aged 25 to 34 who held a bachelor’s degree but no higher degree: $37,000. (Source: JBHE)
  • Median earnings in 2006 of a white American aged 25 to 34 who held a master’s degree: $50,000. (Source: JBHE)
  • Median earnings in 2006 of an African American aged 25 to 34 who held a master’s degree: $50,000. (Source: JBHE)

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2 Responses

  1. SjP

    Must say that I am pleasantly surprised with the very last stat. Wonder what the data show when comparing docs.

  2. Black on Campus

    I wonder about that too. Is there a level of education at which Black salaries are higher than their white counterparts? If I find the information, I’ll definitely post it.

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