ERIC Number: ED218994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Black Higher Education Fact Sheet. Did You Know? About Black Graduate and Professional Enrollment. #8, March 1982.
National Advisory Committee on Black Higher Education and Black Colleges and Universities (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Information concerning the enrollment of black students in graduate and professional educational programs is presented. The data indicate that 1976-1977 was the turning point for black graduate participation in that actual enrollment and proportional representation has receded from those heights in subsequent years. Enrollment trends include the following: black graduate enrollment fell to 60,059 in fall 1980, an 8 percent drop from the peak of 1976-1977, while total graduate enrollment rebounded from a slight 1978 drop and surpassed 1,100,000; the decline in total black graduate enrollment in fall 1980 was precipitated by losses in part-time, rather than full-time students; in 1976-1977 black students made up 6.0 percent of total graduate enrollment, 5.1 percent of full-time graduate enrollment, and 6.6 percent of part-time graduate enrollment, while in fall 1980, these proportions were 5.5 percent, 5.0 percent, and 5.8 percent, respectively; in 1978 there was a 5 percent decline in first-year graduate enrollment and about a 10 percent drop in black first-year graduate students from 1976; one possible cause for the drop in first-year graduate enrollment is evident in a corresponding increase in professional enrollment; despite numerical growth, black first-professional students comprised only 4.6 percent of the 1980 total, compared to 4.5 percent both in 1976 and 1978; black graduate and professional students still rely disproportionately on historically black college (HBC) programs for access to advanced educational opportunity; almost 18 percent of HBC graduate enrollment was white and over 11 percent was international students; fall 1980 data reveal that black graduate students are still minimally represented in sciences and engineering. (SW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Committee on Black Higher Education and Black Colleges and Universities (DHEW), Washington, DC.