Enrollment is up at Mississippi’s community and junior colleges by roughly 14,500 students. According to Kristin Mamrack, “attendance has increased across Mississippi’s university system, with Mississippi State University reporting record fall enrollment and Mississippi University for Women boasting one of the largest percentage increases.” Though the release was the list of combined figures, it will be interesting to see the breakdown of those figures–what is male-to-female ratio and what is the racial/ethnic ratio of those enrolled?
While enrollment increases, African American males continue to lag behind in enrollment and attainment of baccalaureate degrees. Marianne Hill of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) noted that “nationally, there is a 2 to 1 of African American females to males enrolled in higher education.” According to the 2009 African American Males in College Report, there were 8,452 African American males to 17,597 African American females enrolled in colleges and universities in Mississippi. To address this disparity, IHL formed a task force to study and provide recommendations to “increase African American male enrollment, retention, and graduation rates at Mississippi’s eight public universities.”