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Share of Black S&e Degrees From Hbcus Declines in 2008

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Recent U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) studies have shown that the percentage of minorities earning bachelor's degrees in science and engineering (S&E) from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) has declined over time.

The recent "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2011" report noted that 20 percent of blacks received S&E bachelor's degrees from HBCUs in 2008, compared to 26 percent in 2000. Although the report said that underrepresented minorities are less likely to attend college and graduate than whites, those minorities who do graduate follow similar degree patterns to their white peers. The number of S&E bachelor's and master's degrees for underrepresented minorities has been rising for 20 years since 1989. However, blacks, who make up about 12 percent of the U.S. population, make up only about three percent of U.S. scientists and engineers.

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