Men of Color Lag in Degree Attainment, College Board Panel Demands Action

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a magazine and website with a name that explains it all, published a story about an interesting discussion that took place on Capitol Hill earlier this week.

Educators and community activists from across the country met for a panel discussion about a new report on the trailing rates of educational attainment when it comes to non-white men.

Degree attainment among all minorities, with the exception of Asians, lags behind their white counterparts

For example in 2008, 41.6 percent of 25-34 year olds in the U.S. had an associate’s degree or higher.

The rate was 30.3 percent for African Americans, 19.8 percent for Latinos. Meanwhile Asians came in at the top with 70.7 percent, the only minority group higher than whites at 49 percent.

But when the panel met earlier this week they focused specifically on men.

They tried to determine what would contribute to this disparity.

Panelist, Kadeem Palmer, a student at Prince George’s Community College said African American males help perpetuate this situation.

“The biggest challenge in the classroom, in my area, is the African-American males themselves, which actually keeps us down,” Palmer said, relating a longstanding complaint that too often among African-American men, those who get a college education are seen as “Uncle Toms or betraying ourselves if we try to move on.”

You can read more about this issue and other opinions and solutions from the panel at Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

What factors contribute to this issue? What are some potential solutions?

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