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More black students attend southern colleges

June 25, 2007

Albany  -- The Southern Regional Education Board says blacks are as well-represented on college campuses in the South as they are in the region's population.

In the 16-states measured, blacks make up 21% of college students and 19% of the population.

Albany State admissions director James Cleveland says several other factors contribute to the organization's recent findings.  

"Students are certainly wishing to stay closer to home. HBCU, Historically Black Institutions, now are creating programs to be competitive with the non-historically black institutions."

 The study also attributes the south's growing Hispanic population, which has reduced the proportion of the population that is black, making this milestone easier to attain.

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