The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s latest annual demographics report shows that more and more Black men are hitting the books and attending its member public historically Black colleges and universities.
The report, based on the 2004-2005 school year, says that Black male enrollment in the member schools has increased 1.8 percent from the previous year’s reporting period, and 8 percent in three years.
“We want to show when people ask ‘Are Black colleges still relevant today,’ that they are,” said Dwayne Ashley, president and CEO of the TMCF.
Among the TMCF’s many initiatives, Ashley said TMCF is particularly focused on the success of Black men.
Of the 232,425 students who attended public HBCUs during the 2004-2005 academic year, 70,278 were Black men and 121,977 were Black women. The total male population in the member schools was 37 percent while women continue to represent the majority at 63 percent.
The nation’s overall male enrollment population in college and universities, including the TMCF and all other colleges and universities, is 44 percent.
At Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio, the ratio of men and women was equally split at 50-50.
“We recruit at a national level, part of a tremendous alumni network that value their experience at the university,” said Dr. Gregory Stewart, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at CSU, explaining the school’s success in recruiting Black male students.
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