More than 100,000 African American men and women received bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and doctoral degrees in business and other areas in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.
These numbers are impressive and far more than what was expected.
“This is a really strong year,” said Elizabeth A. Ladd, a professor of business and executive director of the NAACP’s Diversity & Equity Center.
The awards are part of a push by the Education Department to better address the diversity gap in the U:More than 90% of African American graduates were white, according the most recent data from US News & World Report.
A recent study from the US Census Bureau showed that black college graduates made up 17% of the total college-age population in 2020, down from 18% in 2020.
But the figures also suggest that a substantial portion of African Americans have been left behind by the country’s economic growth.
More than a quarter of black college grads were unable to get jobs as a result of job losses in 2016, according a survey by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank.
And even as more black people are entering the workforce, their share of college graduates has remained stubbornly high at just 27%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That makes the numbers even more depressing: The black population is projected to grow by 1.4 million over the next two decades.
That’s a total of 14 million people, or more than a third of the population of the United States.
The number of people of color on college campuses is projected by the Pew Research Center to grow at the same pace as the population.
The University of Pennsylvania, which received the biggest share of black undergraduate degrees in 2017 with 14%, has seen its share of blacks drop by more than half since 2010.
Its African American population dropped by more that 25% between 2011 and 2017, the university reported in its annual report on diversity.
“It’s hard to find people who are really willing to take on the work,” said David E. Martin, the president of the African American Student Association at Penn.
“When I’m around, I get a feeling that there’s something I can do to get them involved.
We need to be the voices of the community.”
But Martin, who also heads the university’s Office of Diversity and Equity, said the school is not doing enough to encourage people of all backgrounds to apply to the university, or to work toward a college degree.
“I think there is a lot of work to be done,” Martin said.
“We’re not really listening to the voices that we’re hearing.
And it’s not just at Penn; the majority of our students of color are graduating without a college education.””
A lot of people say the biggest obstacle to a college-educated workforce is people of colour,” said Ladd.
“And that’s true, but it’s the only obstacle.”
African American students were almost twice as likely as white students to get a bachelor’s degree in business, according an analysis of data from 2015.
But, while they earned the highest percentage of bachelor’s degrees in the nation, they also saw the highest share of degrees dropped from 2016 to 2017.
In fact, African Americans were the only group of people who earned more bachelor’s than white students.
“What we’ve seen is that people of the same age are more likely to get their bachelor’s in business than white people,” said Aileen B. O’Toole, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute who co-authored the report.
“But for African American students, that doesn’t translate into college-bound careers.”
The lack of diversity in the workforce means a lot more African Americans are out of the workforce and out of college, said Martin.
“There’s an enormous amount of economic opportunity, and it’s really hard to be in a position to make the money that you need to pay your bills, to pay for the education that you want to get,” he said.
And if you’re white and working, then you can afford the college tuition, and you can still get a degree.
But African American people are not in that position.
“You’re going to have a huge population of students of a different race, a different gender, a completely different ethnic background,” said Martin, noting that the university needs to be proactive in recruiting and retaining qualified black candidates.
The dean’s award is part of the Department of Business Education’s African American Business Achievement Program. “
If we have to make a commitment to these people to become full-fledged members of our community, then we have a real opportunity to make this country better for our children.”
The dean’s award is part of the Department of Business Education’s African American Business Achievement Program.
The program provides scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in business.
But there is no requirement for students to complete a degree