The American Council on Education last week released its “Annual Status Report on Minorities in Higher Education,” and it showed some disturbing trends when it comes to black males on the nation’s college campuses: Their populations are not only declining, but they have the lowest graduation rate of any other group.
According to the ACE report, 20 years ago, 30 percent of black male high school graduates were enrolled in college. It was a percentage roughly equal to the 28 percent for black females.
But the latest data shows that while the percentage of black male high school graduates going to college has risen to 37 percent, the percentage for black female high school graduates has jumped to 42 percent.
Perhaps more disturbing is that fact that only 35 percent of the black males who enter college graduate in six years. This compares to 59 percent for white males, 46 percent for Hispanic men and 45 percent for black females who entered college the same year.
Similar studies released last year suggest that as black males drop out of college, some campuses are left with nearly twice as many black females as black males.