Black Male Student-Athletes and the 2014 Bowl Championship Series

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This updated research on Black male student-athletes and racial inequities in college sports examines the poor performance of these colleges and universities in graduating their Black male athletes. Only 50% of Black male student-athletes graduate within six years from universities in the seven major NCAA Division I sports conferences, compared to 67% of student-athletes overall, 73% of undergraduate students overall, and 56% of Black undergraduate men overall. To download the original Harper, Williams, and Blackman report on Black male student-athletes, which includes recommendations on improving racial equity in college sports, please visit www.gse.upenn.edu/equity/sports.


“In some instances, at Florida State University, for example, Black men comprise nearly 70% of the football team, yet just over one-third of those Black male student-athletes will graduate."

-Dr. Shaun Harper


Dr. Shaun Harper

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Dr. Shaun Harper is an expert on the education of minority males. He recently founded the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at Penn GSE to publish cutting-edge implications for education policy and practice. Dr. Harper has also recently completed a comprehensive 50-state policy report on access and equity for Black undergraduate men at public colleges and universities for the Congressional Black Caucus. He is presently writing two single-authored books, one on Black male college achievement for Harvard University Press and another on race/racism in higher education for Teachers College Press. He is also engaged in data collection for a ten-year research project on race in college student affairs; a multi-campus study of undergraduate men who engage in anti-sexist, anti-racist, and anti-homophobic behaviors; and a study of institutional change for Black male student success in college, funded by Lumina Foundation for Education.


Media Inquiries

If you are interested in writing about the BCS infographic or setting up an interview with Dr. Harper, please contact Penn GSE's Executive Director of Communications, Kat Stein, at (215) 898-9642 or katstein@gse.upenn.edu.


Press Release

For more information on the Center's BCS infographic, please refer to the press release