A recent report by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center suggested minority students at UNC-Chapel Hill are poorly represented on campus.
Using data from both the U.S. Census and the U.S. Department of Education, USC’s Race and Equity Center evaluated nationwide postsecondary access and student success for Black undergraduates. The center decided to analyze only public schools, excluding private schools and historically Black colleges and universities from the study.
Letter grades were awarded to each university based on performance in representation equity, gender equity, completion equity and Black student-to-faculty ratio. In each of these categories, institutions were able to receive a rating of A, B, C, D, F or I.
Representation equity described the extent to which a Black individual's enrollment in an academic institution reflects the representation of 18 to 24-year-olds in the respective state.
Gender equity analyzed the proportionality of Black men and women enrolled at an institution.
Completion equity reviewed Black students' six-year graduation rate compared to overall graduation rates, and the Black student-to-faculty ratio measured the proportion of Black undergraduates to full-time Black instructional faculty on campus.
UNC-Chapel Hill received an F in representation equity, a D in gender equity, a B in completion equity and an A in Black student-to-faculty ratio.
Isaiah Simmons, a research associate at the USC Race and Equity Center, helped co-author the report. He said the study was designed to bring attention to a lack of diversity in the national postsecondary education system.
“One of the things that we identified in the report is we wanted to look at intentional steps that schools are taking towards recruiting Black students and students of color in general,” he said.