The Neglected College Race Gap: Racial Disparities Among College Completers

This report from the Center for American Progress examines racial disparities among postsecondary credential completers. The report analyzes college completion data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs at all types of colleges in the United States from 2013 to 2015 to examine trends in credentialing by race and ethnicity. The report finds that a comparatively large share of black and Hispanic students earn certificates as opposed to two-year or four-year degrees, and the representation of Hispanic and black college completers across fields of study vary greatly. The report finds that black students are underrepresented in education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study, and Hispanic students are underrepresented in education, physical science, history, math and statistics fields of study. 

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May 2018