The American Council of Education have released a status report examining over 200 indicators, looking at who gains access to a host of educational environments and experiences, and how these trajectories differ, by race and ethnicity.
In addition, invited scholarly essays provide further context around race and ethnicity in higher education that data alone cannot tell.
The report provides a data-informed foundation for those working to close persistent equity gaps by providing a comprehensive review
of the educational pathways of today’s college students and the educators who serve them.
Some of the key points arising from the report are as follows:
Over the past two decades, the U.S. population has grown not only more educated but also more racially and
ethnically diverse, thanks in large part to a growing Hispanic population that is seeking higher education at
levels not before seen.
Too many Black students fare poorly in America’s postsecondary education system. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, advances in Black students’ enrollment and attainment have been accompanied
by some of the lowest persistence rates, highest undergraduate dropout rates, highest borrowing rates, and
largest debt burdens of any group.
We still lack precise, national data on many educational outcomes for American Indians or Alaska Natives
and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders; but what the available data do show is troubling.
Great differences exist by race, ethnicity, and gender in where students go to college and what they study,
signaling an uneven playing field in the labor market and a threat to the opportunity for intergenerational
How students pay for higher education varied considerably by race and ethnicity, especially in terms of who
borrows and who leaves college with high levels of student loan debt.
Racial and ethnic diversity among college faculty, staff, and administrators still doesn’t reflect that of today’s
Please visit https://www.equityinhighered.org/resources/report-downloads/ to download the full report or individual chapters.