The Number of Blacks Earning Bachelor’s Degrees Is At an All-Time High

Special shout to Afripino, for posting this on my blog:

While everyone has been focused on the Jena 6 and the outbreak of “Noositis” and despite this resurgence of race-based ignorance — the following article slipped under the radar of most so-called black blogs:

The Number of Blacks Earning Bachelor’s Degrees Is At an All-Time High

According to the U.S. Department of Education, in the year 2005 blacks earned 136,122 four-year bachelor’s degrees from American colleges and universities. The number of blacks earning bachelor’s degrees increased nearly 4 percent from the previous year. In that year the number of African Americans earning bachelor’s degrees reached the highest level in this nation’s history. It was more than double the number of bachelor’s degrees earned by blacks in 1990.

The large increase in bachelor’s degrees earned by blacks is encouraging, but the other side of the news is that only about two out of every five black students who enroll as freshmen in college go on to graduate within six years from the same institution they entered. Blacks are now nearly 12 percent of total enrollments in higher education, but in the 2005 academic year they earned only 9.5 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded.

But note that this figure too measures considerable progress. As recently as 1985 blacks earned only 5.9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States.

(Source: Black Issues In Higher Education, 10/11/07)

Afripino is right, if main stream media doesn’t report this to balance out the negative, then it is up to us who blog and those who are apart of the black press to do so.  I too am guilty of not doing this more often.


6 Responses

  1. I like GOOD News!

  2. Thanks for the shout out. Have a great weekend!

  3. Question: I’ve read that the drop out rate for black Americans (or rather the 6 year graduation rate) was 42%. If blacks make up 12% of the student body it would seem that the maximum proportion of awarded bachelor’s degrees would be about 5%. But since the actual proportion of black students getting their bachelor’s degrees is 9.5% of all gradutes, it appears that I am missing something. Any idea what?

  4. Thanks for bringing this up. The truth is, on a macro-scale, black americans have been improving on nearly every indicator. I would refer everyone to the book “Getting it Wrong”

  5. THANK GOD! My brothers and sisters, College is not that hard. I became a cop, they paid for me to attend a local college. I took a few classes each semester and before you know it, 128 credits completed. BTW, I am the one who gave you the break, when others would have dropped the paper work on you or pulled out the cuffs.

  6. good news i plan on going to college in the fall 2008 and i dont know if i will go halftime or full time but i want to get a human service degree. and shut up patrick!

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