More Black Females Graduating From HBCUs Than Black Males - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

ThurgoodMarshallCollegeFundPublicly funded historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) admitted, enrolled, and matriculated larger numbers of African American females than males between 1996 and 2006, according to recently released data.

While female undergraduate enrollment has increased by 10.4% between 1996-2006, male undergraduate enrollment increased 3.8%, according to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Demographic Report, which was released Monday.

The report, which surveyed 47 schools about demographics at public HBCUs during the 2006-2007 school year and compared the results with previous years, shows that between 2001 and 2006 undergraduate admission of males rose by 45%. Comparatively, admissions of women increased by 48%.

Undergraduate degrees conferred increased 6.4% for females and decreased 3.1% for males between 1996 and 2006.

“There have been a number of support programs–leadership institutes and incentive programs– that specifically focused on increasing the numbers of African American males that enrolled in college and are supported through graduation,” said Dwayne Ashley, president and CEO of the fund, an advocacy organization dedicated to public HBCUs.

For graduate school, women’s enrollment and graduation rates also outpaced men. While female graduate enrollment increased by 26.6% since 1996, male graduate enrollment increased by 6.1%.  The total number of graduate students enrolled increased 10% in the last 10 years, the highest it has ever been.

The annual report also tracked enrollment and graduation rates of other minority groups at HBCUs. The researchers found that HBCUs have become more diverse over the last 20 years. Although white male undergraduate enrollment has decreased, Hispanic male enrollment has increased, and Hispanic and Asian female enrollment has doubled.

To compile the report, the TMCF surveyed the 47 four-year public HBCUs that are members of the organization and received an 87% response rate. The TMCF also used data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.