The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, citing U.S. Department of Education data, says that since 2000, the number of blacks enrolled in graduate programs has grown 88 percent, from 181,400 to 342,400.
According to the data, in 2000 African-Americans comprised 8.4 percent of all enrollments in graduate education. In 2009, the latest year data was captured, Blacks were 12 percent of all graduate school enrollments.
The number of Blacks enrolled in graduate programs rose from 315,200 in 2008 to 342,000, or 8.6 percent a year later.
The Black surge into graduate education was more than twice the enrollment increase in graduate programs for white during the same period.
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