Race and ethnicity

Bridge From Bachelor's to Ph.D.

When Keivan Stassun arrived at Vanderbilt University’s department of physics and astronomy in 2003 as an assistant professor, he saw neighboring, historically black Fisk University as an obvious collaborator. The two institutions are two miles apart in Nashville. “Look, we have two good things here and they’re practically touching," he recalls thinking. "There must be something we can do with what we’ve got.”

For-Profit, for African-Americans?

For-profit higher education has had no difficulty attracting black students. When the University of Phoenix announced its growth to 443,000 students in the fall, it noted that 27.7 percent of its new students are African-American.

Bilingual (Higher) Ed

Puerto Rico’s Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez attracted thousands of adult students to an accelerated degree program, AHORA, by stressing the kind of flexibility and practicality that one would expect from a program called “now.”

But when administrators and faculty started considering how to expand into the continental United States they realized it wouldn’t work to simply shift their program a few hundred miles north.

Data May Show HBCUs at Best, Worst

WASHINGTON – Historically black colleges and universities are expected to play a crucial role in improving the nation’s educational attainment levels by 2020, but they are likely to face some hard truths in the process. Speaking to a group of educators and policy analysts here Thursday, the man leading the White House initiative on HBCUs said he’s mining data that may show both what’s wrong and what’s right with these institutions.

“We are not going to run from whatever news there is, good or bad,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., the initiative’s director.

'The Unchosen Me'

What challenges do students of color face during their years on campus, and how do these challenges affect their college success -- or lack thereof? In her new book, The Unchosen Me: Race, Gender, and Identity Among Black Women in College (Johns Hopkins University Press), Rachelle Winkle-Wagner explores these questions from the students' perspective.

Medical Schools Slowly Grow

First-year enrollment gains a bit over all at U.S. institutions, with numbers most dramatic for underrepresented minorities.

Georgia Bars Admission of Illegal Immigrants

Students without documented immigration status cannot enroll in state's most selective institutions starting next fall.

The Mocked Minority

Amid the furor following a UCLA student mocking her Asian peers online, experts point out that the stereotypes illustrated in the YouTube video are often swept under the rug.

Diversifying Through Football

At many Division I universities, sports remains a major -- if not the primary -- route to college for black men, data from more than 300 colleges show.

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