While the relevancy of Black colleges and universities is often questioned in today’s (supposedly) post-racial era, a new study shows their presence is more important than ever. According to a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights study, students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Commission’s annual study reported that HBCU students are more involved in their studies and faculty research projects than their counterparts at non-HBCU’s, who deal with more “academic mismatch.” This occurs when an admitted student’s qualifications fall below those of the median student in that program, and is a critical factor in attrition rates for science-related programs.
To combat the academic mismatch concern among non-HBCU college bound, the Commission suggested schools cease enrolling STEM students below the median credentials of students currently in the program. Read the full report here.