Race remains a dividing line in college opportunity. More than half of young white adults hold at least a two-year college degree, but only about a third of young Black and Latino adults do. Stark racial disparities in college completion result in part from the fact that public colleges that disproportionately enroll underrepresented students of color receive less funding and have lower graduation rates.
Inequitable Funding, Inequitable Results: Racial Disparities at Public Colleges found community colleges and regional universities – which enroll more diverse student bodies – both receive less state funding and charge lower tuition. The result: public colleges with the fewest resources serve the most vulnerable students, which drives persistent gaps in educational attainment by race and income.