Race and Stratification in U.S. College Enrolment over Time

Thursday 19th October
Versione stampabile

Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Department of Sociology and Social Research, via Verdi, 26 - Trento, Meeting Room - Third Floor

Brown bag seminars - Organized by the Center for Social Inequality Studies (CSIS) research unit


Abstract: We measure U.S. college enrollment-selectivity gaps by race/ethnicity using a novel method that is simultaneously sensitive to both the level (2- versus 4-year) and selectivity of the college in which students enroll.
We find that overall Hispanic-White and Black-White enrollment-selectivity gaps closed in the U.S. between 1986 and 2014.
However, this contraction was driven almost entirely by students at the margin between no college and college enrolling in non-degree granting programs.
This overall closing of gaps appears to be related to the closing of high school graduation gaps.
Among students who enrolled in degree granting schools, Black students have enrolled at increasingly less selective institutions than White students, while Hispanic-White gaps remained relatively unchanged over the nearly 30 years of our study.
These gaps are concerning because of their implications for long-term economic inequality.

You can find the draft-paper Daniel provided us as attachment.