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UAlbany tops list for equitable enrollment

Jul 28, 2020 2:45 pm
Rachel Silberstein is reporting for the Times Union the University at Albany has distinguished itself in a national study of public colleges and universities in the United States. UAlbany, part of the State University of New York, or SUNY system, topped the list for enrolling black students in representative numbers. While 16 percent of state residents are black, 17 percent of enrolled UAlbany students are black. The report from the Education Trust called "Segregation Forever?" relies on federal education and U.S. Census data to show that most of the institutions looked at enroll a smaller percentage of black students today than they did 20 years ago. While enrollment of Latino students has improved, most of these colleges are not keeping pace with Latino population growth in general. UAlbany did not fare as well on Latino representation, with almost 16 percent of students, compared with the state’s population of 22 percent young Latino people. However, UAlbany did double the number of enrolled Latino students from when only 6 percent of the student body was Latino in the year 2000, according to the report. The report found that since 2000, the percentage of black students enrolled nationwide has decreased at 6 out of 10 of these colleges. Only 9 percent of the colleges enroll representative numbers of black students; just 14 percent of them enroll representative numbers of Latino students. The report takes its title from a moment in American history, 60 years ago, when Alabama Governor George Wallace proclaimed: “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!” Read the full story in the Times Union.