3.08.2007

Elite Universities Enrolling More African and Caribbean Immigrants

In Diversity Push, Top Universities Enrolling More Black Immigrants
Critics Say Effort Favors Elite Foreigners, Leaves Out Americans

By Darryl Fears
Washington Post (3/6/07)

The nation's most elite colleges and universities are bolstering their black student populations by enrolling large numbers of immigrants from Africa, the West Indies and Latin America, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Education.

Immigrants, who make up 13 percent of the nation's college-age black population, account for more than a quarter of black students at Ivy League and other selective universities, according to the study, produced by Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The large representation of black immigrants developed as schools' focus shifted from restitution for decades of excluding black Americans from campuses to embracing wider diversity, the study's authors said. The more elite the school, the more black immigrants are enrolled.

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