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A Closer Look at Black Male Student-Athletes

September 21, 2015



​Black male student-athletes comprise about nine percent of the 1.8 million full-time undergraduate men enrolled at colleges and universities with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I intercollegiate teams. Within athletics, black men make up 56 percent of basketball team members and 47 percent of football team members.

These students are the focus of the latest installment of Higher Ed Spotlight, an infographic series from ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy. The infographic uses NCAA data from a nationally representative sample of student-athletes to explore the collegiate experiences, attitudes and perceptions and academic outcomes of Division I black male basketball and football student-athletes.

It shows that a majority of respondents view themselves as dedicated students but believe that other students view them more as athletes than students. Eighty-four percent of survey respondents earned a bachelor’s degree, while 24 percent gained a post-graduate degree.​​​​

Previous Higher Ed Spotlight topics have included student veterans’ pathways to higher education, single parent students and international joint and dual degree programs. View the complete series here.

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