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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Let’s Talk About Race: New Interview Series

In March 2019, ACE held a plenary session at its 101st Annual Meeting called “Talking About Race.” During the panel discussion, Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?and Other Questions About Race, and Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, candidly discussed the role of race in America and on college campuses. Continuing the discussion started by the panel, the Let’s Talk About Race interview series captures the voices of prominent higher education scholars and leaders, including Beverly Daniel Tatum and Sylvia Hurtado, as they share their perspectives and experiences on race and ethnicity in higher education.

Featured Data

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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