Welcome! Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education provides a data-informed foundation for those working to close persistent equity gaps by providing a glimpse into the educational pathways of today’s college students and the educators who serve them.

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This report examines data across 11 chapters that provide a foundation from which the higher education community and its many stakeholders can draw insights, raise new questions, and make the case for why race and ethnicity still matter in American higher education. Download the Report >

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Essays Illuminate Complexities around Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education

The data presented in Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report provides a comprehensive review of race and ethnicity in higher education. The report also includes four invited scholarly essays which explore key issues in higher education beyond what the data alone can show. In their essay, Walter Allen, Chantal Jones, and Channel McLewis provide insight into the problematic nature of racial and ethnic categories in higher education. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar and Regina Deil-Amen examine the role of community colleges in serving students of color. Sandy Baum unpacks the unique circumstances of student debt for African Americans. Kimberly Griffin explores the efforts that institutions can undertake to affect faculty diversity. Building upon the data presented in this report, these essays give further insight into race and ethnicity in higher education.

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Minority serving institutions (MSIs) are an integral part of U.S. higher education, providing access to college for millions of students of color, many of whom are from low-income backgrounds and are the first in their family to attend college.

In 2015-16, 709 institutions met the eligibility requirements to receive federal MSI designation. Collectively, these institutions enrolled over 5 million undergraduate and graduate students. The number of MSIs will steadily increase as K-12 and college student populations continue to diversify. The important contributions of MSIs can be understood by their enrollment and outcomes data, which provide insight into the significant role MSIs serve in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.


of all undergraduates
at HSIs were Hispanic


of all undergraduates at TCUs
were American Indian or Alaska Native

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