Iloh, C., & Toldson, I. A. (2013). Black Students in 21st Century Higher Education: A Closer Look at For-Profit and Community Colleges (Editor’s Commentary). The Journal of Negro Education, 82(3), 205-212.
Most of the research on black students in higher education today reflects their educational trajectories at predominantly white public and private four-year nonprofit institutions and historically black colleges and universities. While this scholarship has contributed to people’s understanding of educational experiences and inequalities, it does not adequately capture the reality and scope of black students in the 21st century higher education landscape. Since 1995, 82% of new white enrollments have gone to the 468 most selective colleges, while 68 percent of new African American enrollments have gone to the two-year open-access schools. Some states boast exceedingly high numbers. California community colleges and for-profit colleges account for close to 70% of Black student enrollment in post-secondary education. This commentary serves as a close examination of the community college and for-profit sector that continue to play an instrumental role in shaping access, equity, and educational outcomes for black students in contemporary American higher education. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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