Neoliberalism and African Americans in Higher Education

Authored by: Kimya Barden

The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415673440
eBook ISBN: 9781315755519
Adobe ISBN: 9781317627401


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From 1976 to 2010, African American enrollment in institutions of higher education increased from 9 to 14 percent (U.S. Department of Education, 2012). There are currently 3.7 million African Americans enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities (Red and Black Inc., 2014). Despite these gains, scholars agree that given the increase in both employability and earnings potential that come with an earned college degree, enrollment rates for African Americans should be even higher in these institutions.

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