Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Black Enrollments in High STEM Colleges and Universities -- Part 1

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 "The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men."
W.E.B. DuBois, The Talented Tenth, September, 1903
At the beginning of 20th century, Black America's Talented Tenth were mostly educated at the colleges and universities that have come to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as per the data presented by Dr. DuBois in his famous essay.  One hundred years later, on the eve of a Supreme Court decision that will either severely curtail or completely outlaw affirmative action (Fisher vs. the University of Texas), where are the Talented Tenth being educated today?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

But What About the Other 91 Percent???

The following quote from a page on the Website of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) contains a succinct version of the most widely cited justification for the continued existence of HBCUs:
"While the 105 HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. In addition, the institutions graduate more than 50 percent of African American professionals and public school teachers.