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Black Male College Explorers Program
501 Orr Drive
GEC-C Suite 305
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Why Black Male Achievement Matters

Nearly every major indicator of economic, social, and physical well-being shows that black men and boys in the U.S. do not have access to the structural supports and opportunities needed to thrive. This results in negative consequences not only for black males themselves, but also for society at large. These data points underscore the importance of why black male achievement matters. - Click Here for More Information.


  • Only 37% of Black males graduated from high schools in Florida in 2007-2008.
  • Broward (39 %) and Dade (27%) are among the 5 worst performing school districts in the nation.
  • Pinellas (21%), Palm Beach (22%), Duval (23%) and Dade (27%) are among the districts with the lowest graduation rates in the nation  (The 2010 Schott Foundation Report).
  • Only 16.3% of Black males have obtained undergraduate and/ or graduate degrees (2000 US Census Bureau Information).
  • Black males make-up only 11% of the total college population (1999 Digest of Educational Statistics)
  • Black males attend college at a rate of 10.2%, while black women attend college at a 13.7% rate (2000 National Center for Educational Statistics).
  •  It is estimated that 30% of black males between the ages of 20 to 29 are under correctional supervision (2001 Bureau of Statistics).
  •  By the time they reach high school, Census statistics show that 42% of all African-American boys have failed an entire grade at least once.
  • Just 18% of Black men ages 20 to 21 are enrolled in college, according to the 2000 Census.
  •  Only 34% of Black students who earn bachelor’s degrees are male (U.S. Department of Education, 2004).
  •  There were 791,600 black men in correctional facilities in 2000 and 603,032 enrolled in higher education. “This means there were 188,500 more African-American men incarcerated than in higher education,” (Justice Policy Issue)
  •  Iain Murray, Director of Research at the Statistical Assessment Services of JPI said U.S. Census Bureau figures show that there were 469,000 African-American males ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college in 2000, compared with 180,000 in prison or jail.
  •  Black men and other male racial minorities earned 9% of bachelor degrees awarded in 2003-2004, up from 5% in 1976-1977 and lags behind that of women of color, who triples the number of bachelor’s degrees they earned during the same period, from 5% to 15%.
  • A clear female majority has emerged among Whites, Hispanics, and Blacks. Only Asian women have parity with Asian men.
  • Among traditional age students (age(s) 24 or younger), males have dropped from 48% of total enrollment in 1995-1996 to 45% in 2003-2004.