Blacks on Campus

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Growing black presence in academia

Impressive Gains of Black Enrollment in College

The Spectacular growth in enrollment of Negroes in higher education in the United States over the past half-dozen years may well be the most significant of all the achievements to date of the black revolution. The Census Bureau calculates that the number of black undergraduates in American colleges and universities tripled between 1965 and 1971. Whether or not the 1972–73 academic year will show a tapering off of this growth, as some believe it will, an over-all trend seems firmly established. More blacks are likely to be pressing for college admission in the future, and the nation's institutions of higher education will be responding increasingly to their needs and demands.

The Census Bureau survey, based ...

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