Black Experience

This article is one of a series about the Black Experience in Higher Education.

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Racial disparities in higher education funding could widen during economic downturn

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Since the last recession, the U.S. has made little progress on the funding gap for colleges that serve disproportionate shares of students of color. That gap may widen as the country heads into another recession.

Black administrators are too rare at the top ranks of higher education. It’s not just a pipeline problem.

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Black campus leaders say their careers can be deeply rewarding, even as they are taxing. So why are Black employees so sharply underrepresented at the top ranks of the higher education ecosystem?

Black workers at universities often are left out of conversations about race and higher education

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Black workers at universities are among the most vulnerable people on campuses. But they often are left out of conversations about racial justice.

Will conversation turn to action when it comes to issues of racial equity in college admission?

Is now the moment when college admission professionals will start breaking down known barriers to admission for Black students?

Racism fuels poor mental health outcomes for Black students

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Black students continuously experience, fight against and bear emotional scars from racism, which can lead to increased anxiety and poor mental health outcomes. Some colleges are just starting to address these issues.

Adding ethnic studies into college curricula has long been controversial, but is this moment different?

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As ethnic studies requirements are put in place in California, capping years of struggle, educators discuss why it's important to talk about race in the classroom.

Scholars talk about being Black on campus in 2020

Scholars discuss what it’s like to be a Black professor in 2020, who should be doing antiracist work on campus and why diversity interventions that attempt to “fix” Black academics for a rigged game miss the point entirely.

Editors' note about our series on the Black experience in higher education

A note about the series.

Black students need changes to policies and structures beyond higher education

Experts agree higher education needs to do more to create equity for Black students. But more attention needs to be paid to barriers Black students face before they step foot on campus.

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