Race ‘report card’ for colleges and universities shows Florida has work to do

In a new study, nine of Florida's 13 state universities were given an F in the area of  "representation equity," the difference between the percent of black graduates at the institution and the percent of black college-age residents in the state. [iStockphoto.com]
In a new study, nine of Florida's 13 state universities were given an F in the area of "representation equity," the difference between the percent of black graduates at the institution and the percent of black college-age residents in the state. [iStockphoto.com]
Published September 26
Updated September 26

The University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center released a study this week ranking the country's public colleges and universities on how well they serve African American students — and Florida didn't do so hot.

The state as a whole received an equity index score of 1.89 out of 4, the equivalent of a D grade. That is slightly below the national average of 2.02.

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The score averages grades on four measures, according to the study:

  • Representation equity, or the difference between the percent of black graduates at the institution and the percent of black college-age residents in the state
  • Gender equity, or the enrollment gap between black undergraduate men and black undergraduate women relative to the overall enrollment gap between women and men across all racial groups
  • Completion equity, or the difference between graduate rates of four cohorts of black undergraduate students and four cohorts of undergraduate students overall
  • Black students to black faculty ratio

In the representation category, nine of the state's 13 state universities were given an F, including the University of Florida, Florida State University and all three University of South Florida campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton earned a C, the only school in the state university system with a grade higher than a D, the study shows. To see the full results, click here.

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