BOSTON (AP) — A new study of federal data finds that black and Latino students are far less likely to attend top public colleges than their white and Asian peers.

The Center for American Progress think tank reported Thursday that among all black students at U.S. public colleges in 2014, only 9 percent attended highly selective schools. For Latinos, the figure was 12 percent. By contrast, 19 percent of white students and 31 percent of Asians attended top schools.

Blacks and Latinos were more likely to attend community colleges and other schools with lower graduation rates. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank says minorities need greater access to elite schools to close achievement gaps between races.

States where blacks were least likely to attend top schools include North Carolina, Tennessee and Massachusetts.

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7 thoughts on “Study: Minorities Less Likely To Attend Top Public Colleges

  1. In related news, minority parents are less likely to attend teacher conferences, volunteer, assist with homework, or purchase educational materials and books for their children.

  2. If municipalities would provide adequate funding for public schools-maybe our kids could receive a decent education.

    However, they are way too busy segregating children by race/class, etc.
    All children deserve a decent education if they are to be productive members of Society.

    What good is obtaining a PHD or Master’s Degree if you are INCARCERATED-you will never use it!!!–That is the path Amerykah wishes for our youth!!!!!!!!

    In addition, with the cost of higher education, most minority parents cannot afford to even send their kids to community colleges-let alone Ivy league ones.

    To quote Malcolm X-“Education is our Passport to the Future-without it we are going NO-WHERE.”

    • Mac Ben on said:

      Enough with the excuses. White kids, asians, and spaniards go to the same public schools but somehow manage to thrive. We wait until the most important level of education, college, and segregate ourselves at “HBCU”s for degrees in African American Studies and other “arts” programs….

      • I think you are making a generalization. Some white kids, Asian kids, and Spaniards thrive in these same schools. I live in San Antonio and there are plenty of schools here that the children don’t excel. I attended an HBCU and majored in Mathematical Sciences and went to another HBCU and received a MIS in Information Sciences and I’m very successful. Please don’t put everyone in the same box. We don’t all major in “arts” programs and there is nothing wrong with African-American studies. Also, let’s ask ourselves who created these standards for what constitutes a “Top School”.

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