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Rising Student Debt Burdens: Factors Behind the Phenomenon

According to today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers added 195,000 jobs in June and an average of 196,000 jobs per month over the last three months, a faster pace of job growth than had been expected. This recent pace of job gains is somewhat more robust than the average pace of 161,000 jobs recorded over the prior three years. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent in June. The broadest measure of employment—the employment-to-population ratio—edged up to 58.7 percent, slightly above its level a year ago. The employment-to-population ratio has remained roughly at this same level since late 2009. article

Challenge the Status Quo: Academic Success Among School-Age African-American Males

by: Ivory A. Toldson, PhD and Chance W. Lewis PhD

The purpose of this report is to: Unveil policy solutions for inequities in  U.S. public schools that impede academic progress of school-age Black males; change the public perception that school-age Black males are completely disaffected and incapable of adapting to the educational system; reveal data that promotes a pathway through curricular offerings that will move Black males from public schools to colleges and universities; examine the impact of teacher preparation and compensation on the academic achievements of Black males; break the discipline gap barrier in our nation's schools;and provide the schools,parents, policymakers, and community leaders with strategies to support Black males in schools. Article

 Late High School Dropouts: Characteristics, Experiences, and Change Across Cohorts

This report presents information about selected characteristics and experiences of high
school sophomores in 2002 who subsequently dropped out of school. It also presents
comparative data about late high school dropouts in the years 1982, 1992, and 2004. booklet

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

This report uses statistics to examine current conditions as well as changes in the education of racial and ethnic minority students in the United States. Minorities in general have made strides in educational achievement over the past few decades; however, some groups continue to lag behind others in certain areas. Booklet

Enrollment in Title IV Institutions by full and part-time Status, level of Student, and State: Fall 2006

This is a statistical report by the U.S. Department of Education. Fact Brief

Total Fall Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions by State or Jurisdiction: Selected Years 1970-2010

This is a statistics report by the National Center of Education Statistics. Report

 Racial/Ethnic Concentration of Higher Education

In 2008, White students accounted for 63 percent of college student enrollment. In that year, 14 percent of college students were Black, 12 percent were Hispanic, 7 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander, 1 percent were American Indian/Alaska Native, and 3 percent were nonresident aliens. Report

Edward H. Peeples Prince Edward County (Va.) Public Schools

The Edward H. Peeples Prince Edward County (Va.) Public Schools Collection explores the history of school segregation issues of the 1950s and 1960s.During the 1950s Prince Edward County would become the focus of the public schools desegregation issue in Virginia. On 23 April 1951, African American students at Robert Russa Moton High School walked out to protest squalid conditions at the segregated site. Article


Historically black colleges and universities(HBCUs)have extensive experience identifying students with potential, enrolling and supporting them through graduation. Particularly in the STEM fields, HBCUs lead many of the nation’s colleges in graduating African Americans. Read Fact Sheet

Students Speak! - Understanding the Value of HBCUs From Student Perspectives

The report, Students Speak!, provides a window into what students who are currently attending private HBCUs have to say about why they chose their respective institutions and what they have valued most about their experiences on these campuses. As higher education institutions continue to grapple with the challenge of demonstrating their value in the face of increased pressure to attract, support, and graduate their students, it is important to understand student perspectives. Read article

Early Reading Proficiency in the United States- The Annie Casey Foundation

Today’s children are our nation’s hope for building a strong future economy and thriving society. One of the key milestones on the path to success is learning to read in the early grades. As documented in the Casey Foundation’s reports Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters and Early Warning Confirmed, the end of third grade marks the point when children transition from learning to read to using reading to learn other subjects. Read brief