US colleges marked by racial disparity

November 12, 2015

Following protests against the chancellor and system president at the University of Missouri, it is clear that racism on American campuses is again a matter of national concern, writes Beckie Supiano of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Supiano also notes a racial disparity among college leaders, as most full-time faculty members, recently hired presidents, and head coaches for top football programs are white. The referenced study found that white students are overrepresented in the most selective colleges, while African-American and Hispanic students are overrepresented in open-access colleges, a disparity that has increased since 1995. The studies authors concluded that race had a unique negative effect on college and career opportunities for racial minority students. Chronicle of Higher Education | Report