Black Students 50-State Report Card
By Shaun R. Harper and Isiah Simmons

In this report, letter grades are awarded to public colleges and universities on four racial equity indicators for Black undergraduates. Additionally, we calculated an Equity Index Score (the equivalent of a grade point average) for each institution. Statistics, grades, and Equity Index Scores for 506 public postsecondary institutions are provided separately on 50 state lists.

Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in
NCAA Division I College Sports: 2018 Edition

By Shaun R. Harper

Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division I College Sports: 2018 Edition By Shaun R. Harper In Spring 2018, the USC Race and Equity Center released our biennial report on Black male student-athletes and racial inequities at the 65 universities that comprise the five major NCAA sports conferences. The report includes data on team composition, federal graduation rates, and the racial makeup of coaches and athletics executives.


The Center for Urban Education (CUE), founded by USC Professor Estela Mara Bensimon, merged with the USC Race and Equity Center in July 2020. Over CUE’s 20-year lifespan, Dr. Bensimon and other center experts produced numerous high-quality tools and resources that thousands of higher education leaders and faculty members continually use to advance racial equity on campuses and in state postsecondary systems. These evidence-based tools include syllabus review rubrics, workbooks, digital shorts and other videos, and policy review protocols. Many of these resources, along with CUE’s research publications, are available on this open-access website:


RISE for Boys and Men of Color was a three-year interdisciplinary field advancement effort funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Marguerite Casey Foundation. RISE focused on improving the lives, experiences, and outcomes of Asian American, Black, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander boys and men across five fields: education, health, human services and social policy, juvenile and criminal justice, and workforce development. This project united researchers, evaluators, community-based and youth-serving organization leaders, and committed others working with and on behalf of boys and men of color. The RISE website includes downloadable research reports, a searchable expert directory, and a data center with more than 500 open-access quantitative data tables, charts, and infographics.


Here are PDFs of 10 issue briefs we commissioned from scholars and leaders in the RISE network:

Asian American and Pacific Islander Boys and Men: The Risk of Being Missed in the U.S. 2020 Census
By Neil Horikoshi and Terry Ao Minnis

Where Are Our American Indian/Alaska Native Boys and Young Men? Understanding Postsecondary Education Trends
By the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center

The Significance of Data Disaggregation in the Study of Boys and Men of Color: Perspectives from the Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Population
By Robert T. Teranishi and Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen

Filipino American Boys and Young Men: Culturally Responsive Recommendations for Policy and Practice
By Kevin L. Nadal

Movin’ On Up: Expanding Access to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods for Boys and Men of Color
By Brian Smedley

Advancing Culturally Responsive Evaluations for Boys and Men of Color
By Hanh Cao Yu, Heather Lewis-Charp, and Traci Endo Inouye

Tools for Addressing the Disproportionate Discipline of Boys of Color in Schools
By Rachel D. Godsil

Developing Policies to Respond to the Challenges Confronting African American and Latino Males
By Pedro A. Noguera

All Black Boys Are Born of Heroes: How Local Service Provision Can Improve Opportunities for Disconnected Boys and Men of Color
By Joseph T. Jones

Educational and Behavioral Health Service Disparities for Youth of Color
By Marie Fukuda, Sheri Lapatin Markle, and Margarita Alegria


The Race and Equity Center produced several research reports at the University of Pennsylvania, its birthplace. University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business Professor Shaun R. Harper relocated the Center to USC in July 2017. Here are PDFs of six of the most downloaded publications from the Penn center:


Succeeding in the City: A Report from the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study
By Shaun R. Harper and Associates

Disproportionate Impact of K-12 School Suspension and Expulsion on Black Students in Southern States
By Edward J. Smith and Shaun R. Harper

The Elusive Quest for Civil Rights in Education
By Shaun R. Harper, James A. Banks, Linda Darling-Hammond, Kris D. Gutiérrez, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Carol D. Lee, and William G. Tierney

Black Male Student Success in Higher Education: A Report from the National Black Male College Achievement Study
By Shaun R. Harper

Attracting Black Male Students to Research Careers in Education: A Report from the Grad Prep Academy Project
By Shaun R. Harper and Andrew C. Porter

A Role for Policymakers in Improving the Status of Black Male Students in U.S. Higher Education
By Shaun R. Harper and Frank Harris III