Monday, June 25, 2007

Black college enrollment in South, rate passes milestone

RALEIGH, N.C. - For the first time, blacks are as well represented on college campuses in the South as they are in the region's population.

Details are being released today by the Southern Regional Education Board.

The nonprofit organization promotes education.The board's member states are Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

In the 16 states measured, blacks make up 21 percent of college students and 19 percent of the population.The number represents progress but it also has to be seen in context.A major contributing factor is the South's rapidly growing Hispanic population, which has reduced the proportion of the population that is black. That's made the milestone easier to reach mathematically.

Overall, black enrollment rates for college-age students, while improving, still lag well behind those of whites, as do the graduation rates of black college students.

This from the

2007 SREB Fact Book on Higher Education

The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is one of the nation's most comprehensive collections of data on higher education. The 50th anniversary edition continues a SREB tradition dating back to 1956 of providing comparative national, regional and state-specific data highlighting trends that affect colleges and universities.
This year's highlights include historic increases in college enrollment, details on population changes that could challenge SREB states' continued education progress, and the growing college affordability gap for lower- and middle-income students.

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