College Bound?

07Feb09

Did you know that less than half of all African-American high-school students 16 – 21 will enroll in college in the fall? See the numbers below:

African American       48.9% (1.71 million)

Asian American          78.6% (534,000)

Hispanic                45.3% (1.79 million)

White                      58.2% (9.91 million)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 10/2006

We’ve always valued education in the Black community as a way to get ahead, but less than half of our college-age kids are actually going to college. What are the other 1.8 million African-American teenagers and young adults going to do with their lives?

Check out www.ed.gov/about/inits/list/whhbcu/edlite-list.html to learn about the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Don’t be put off by the logo that still features George W. Bush’s name. There’s an exhaustive list of HBCUs, scholarship info, and a link to review the government’s 2009 budget to support HBCUs. Bad news: the budget (Title III: Aid for Institutional Development) decreased by $85M from $238M in 2008 to $153M for HBCUs.

Separately, Howard University receives more than $200 million dollars from the Federal government, accounting for 50% of the school’s operating costs. Did you know that? We didn’t. That’s big. Go Howard.

You can also visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college for college rankings. Yes we can. We have to…

Speak your peace.



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